As hundreds eagerly waited in line, Eataly Boston officially opened its doors to the public at 4 p.m. on November 29, when our partner Lidia Bastianich cut the ribbon to cheering from the onlookers. The first guests shook the chef’s hand as they walked in, entering a world dedicated to high-quality food and drink.
"Boston is very proud to be the fourth location for Eataly in the United States," said Mayor Marty Walsh at the grand opening. “Boston's Eataly has an important focus on food sustainability and supporting local produce markets and farmers, and they offer a truly unique way to experience Italian culture with a European-style marketplace rich with goods from all over the world. I am excited that Eataly has chosen Boston for their new location and encourage residents and visitors to enjoy all that the new marketplace has to offer."
Eataly’s first New England location was designed with Boston natives in mind. In celebration of the strong local seafood culture, the store is dedicated to the sea and its food.
"We met so many wonderful local purveyors and fisherman that provide us with the best ingredients,” explained Eataly USA CEO Nicola Farinetti. “We felt that dedicating Eataly Boston to the sea and its food was the best way to show what we love to do: the sea does not only divide the countries where we live but it also brings them together… Because of the sea, we get to know and understand each other.”
The complete dining experience ranges from breakfast to lunch to dinner to dessert with both sit-down and takeaway options. Interspersed among the restaurants and counters, the marketplace boasts more than 10,000 artisanal products carefully sourced from Italy and New England. Finally, after eating and shopping, guests may learn how to recreate the experience at home with hands-on cooking classes at La Scuola di Eataly by Valcucine.
Throughout the grand opening on November 29, approximately 5,000 guests explored the store. Between 4 and 11 p.m., we sold:
• 250 pounds of mozzarella curd (4,000 ounces) and 1,000 mozzarella balls at our fresh-production lab
• 500 Rossopomodoro pizzas at the restaurant La Pizza & La Pasta
• 700 cannoli at the Cannoli Cart, an exclusive offering at Eataly Boston
• 1,800 pieces of pizza alla pala and 500 rustic loaves of bread (700 pounds) at the bakery
• 300 bags of housemade chips throughout the market
• 2,500 coffee drinks at the caffès, Vergnano and Lavazza
After the demanding opening activities, Eataly Boston will be closed on Monday, December 5, to allow our hard-working staff to rest for a day. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 a.m.
See you soon, Boston!