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Guest Chef Series at Eataly L.A.

Guest Chef Series at Eataly L.A.

Since our humble beginnings in Torino, Eataly has always been all about bringing people together with high-quality food. In Los Angeles and across the U.S., we keep this alive by working closely with local and Italian producers who share our passion and dedication for food that is good, clean, and fair.

After one year in Los Angeles, we've learned that you (just like us) love pizza and pasta! Throughout 2019, we’ll be hosting renowned L.A. chefs at La Pizza & La Pasta during the Guest Chef Series. While pizza and pasta are just the tip of the Italian culinary iceberg, there is a reason these two staples are the most beloved exports from Italy. Our Guest Chef Series celebrates just that.

Each guest chef will be tasked to conceptualize a pizza or pasta dish that reflects their culinary identity and highlights the producers we work with here at Eataly L.A. Their dish will be offered on the La Pizza & La Pasta menu, as a special, for one night only. Guests will have the chance to watch the chef in action and interact with him or her, as they prepare their special in the restaurant.


The next Guest Chef Series at La Pizza & La Pasta will take place on Thursday, October 3 during dinner service with  Zach Swemle, co-owner and chef of La Morra Pizzeria. Since 2017, La Morra Pizzeria has been popping up all over Los Angeles, serving their signature Neapolitan style pies from a handcrafted mobile pizza oven. 

From 6-9 p.m., guest will have the chance to enjoy a signature pizza from Zach La Morra Pizzeria team. Stay tuned for the delicious details!

This series will take place for all of 2019 and to keep you on the edge of your seat, we will announce each hand-selected guest chef monthly. 

Our work with the local community doesn’t stop with food. Los Angeles has become our home and we’re striving to be an active part of this amazing community. With this thought in mind we decided to devote a portion of the proceeds to the LAFD Foundation, which is constantly involved with and supports the LAFD in protecting life, property, and the environment by providing essential equipment, training, and public outreach programs to supplement city resources.



In 2013, Zach Swemle opened NYC’s Mission Cantina as executive chef and soon thereafter met Marlee Blodgett, who would open the restaurant on the front of house team. It wasn’t long until they learned of one another’s great affinity for Neapolitan pizza, among other things. Marlee had a long history with pizza through her father’s 20 year tenure with California Pizza Kitchen and Zach had spent his early twenty's in San Francisco, cooking and refining his pizza skills as sous chef at SF’s favorited Pizzeria Delfina. It was meant to be. Over the course of the next year, Zach went on to follow his calling through an executive sous position at Il Buco Alimentari, bringing him closer to his love of simple and ingredient driven Italian cooking. All the while, Marlee continued to expand and acknowledge her adoration of food and wine, while serving nightly at Estela. In time, the two would pack up their small city apartments and kiss goodbye their weekly Peter Luger burgers for a slower paced life and a real home in Charleston, South Carolina-and thus, La Morra Pizzeria was born.

In 2016, Zach built a mobile Neapolitan pizza oven-from the bed of the trailer, to the finishing tiles-by hand in the backyard of their Charleston home, while simultaneously developing his recipe for a naturally leavened dough. The two would spend the next year trailing the oven around town, cooking pies and gathering quite the following. While they adored the southern charm very much, they would acknowledge their love of a big city and make their way west to Los Angeles in summer of 2017, trailing La Morra behind them. Stay tuned as their story continues to grow and please, have some pizza along the way.

Stay tuned for the next guest chef coming to our restaurant!