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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, December 5 during dinner service with Mario Vollera, owner and chef of South End. Opened in 2013 on the bustling Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Southend has become a Venice staple thanks to Mario as the head pizzaiolo. He combines old school techniques of Italian pizza with local, seasonal ingredients to craft his rustic, sourdough style pizzas. 

From 6-9 p.m., guests will have the chance to enjoy a signature pizza from Southend!

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.



Mario Vollera was born in the beautiful capital city of Roma. In true Italian fashion, he started working in the pizza business at the young age of 16 in a small local restaurant next to his house. After working in many countries in Europe, Mario eventually moved to Venice, California in 2008, to work as a Neapolitan Pizza Instructor. Eventually, in 2013, he opened his own pizzeria South End on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

In the kitchens of South End, Mario mixes the traditional and old school techniques of Italian pizza with a modern approach. While respecting the quality of the ingredients, he isn't afraid to break the ordinary rules with his creative combinations. His goal is to share with his guests, South End's love for pizza, wine, and people.

Stay tuned for more Guest Chefs to come in 2020!