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9 Ways to Dig Deeper into Spring

9 Ways to Dig Deeper into Spring

How many ways can you eat an artichoke? Why are ramps only around for a few weeks? What’s your new favorite spring pasta?

Get to the root of the season with our new spring-infused menusfarm-fresh ingredients, and storewide festivals. Word to the wise? Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. 

Check out our top nine ways to dig deeper into spring at Eataly L.A.!

1. RELEASE YOUR INNER CHEF.

Our chefs have been waking up even earlier than usual to be the first to find the newest spring arrivals at the farmers' markets. Bursting with fresh new produce, our fresh new menus offer the tastes of spring around California.

Discover what's new in our restaurants, then let your inner chef loose in our produce department to recreate our spring recipes.

2. GO BEYOND BASIL.

While pesto is often considered to be green, the sauce goes far beyond basil. The word comes from the Italian verb pestare, or "to grind." Using a mortar and pestle, pesto is traditionally made by grinding fresh ingredients with olive oil, garlic, and other seasonings. The result: a rainbow of pesto possibilities.

Take the pesto challenge this spring, and find inspiration in all the fresh spring herbs in our marketplace. Take your pick of mint, spring onions, tarragon, chives —  you get the idea — and grind your favorite to brighten any plate this season! Get our guide to pesto.

3. THINK: SALT, AIR, AND TIME. 

The simplest processes can also be the most delicious. To make Prosciutto di Parma, the highest quality pork legs are salted and left to age for a minimum of one year in the Mediterranean breeze. A cousin to its crudo counterpart, prosciutto cotto is seasoned by hand with salt and herbs then slowly steamed cooked until perfectly moist.  Crudo or cotto, we think they both add an intensely sweet and salty flavor to just about any spring meal!

Discover all the Prosciutto Weeks activities, then savor away!

4. SIZZLE AND DRIZZLE.

To create our extra virgin olive oil, the best regional Italian olives are hand-picked and cold-pressed. The resulting culinary gold is your best friend in the kitchen. Get to know the versatile product from grove to table.

Overwhelmed by the hundreds of bottles you see on our shelves? Relax. We offer only the best boutique bottles from across Italy’s 20 regions, so you can’t go wrong. All you have to do is find an olive oil that you enjoy, be it grassy, mild, peppery, or sweet, then get ready to sizzle and drizzle in the kitchen. Get our guide to enjoying it like an Italian!

5. DRINK TO TRADITION.

High on the outlying slopes of the volcano Mt. Etna, the beginnings of Etna DOC wines take root. Often fruity and bright with mineral undertones these vini siciliani get their flavor from a soil rich in volcanic nutrients and a hot, yet breezy, Mediterranean climate.

Discover it for yourself with 10% off in the wine shoponly through June 3!

lasagna pasta pesto

6. DRESS FOR SPRING.

After a long winter, pasta is ready for light new sauces. Transport your table to sunny Gragnano, the hilltop town in the southern Italian region of Campania, where dry pasta was first bronze-extruded and slow-dried.

Cook your favorite shape until al dente, then pair with a complementary spring sauce, such as lasagne al pesto.

7. MAKE DINNER IN NO THYME.

When the ingredients are fresh, stick to quality over quantity. Take our oven-ready branzino, which our fishmongers carefully source, clean, and stuff with lemon slices, rosemary, and thyme sprigs. All you have to do is pop it in the oven, and enjoy. It’s that simple.

Since we did the work, can we come over for dinner?

8. THINK GREEN.

With Earth Day around the corner, what better time to start living your best zero-waste life? Help tackle the problem of food waste in your own kitchen, then support our sustainable producers from Italy and the U.S. 

9. GET IN THE SPRING SPIRIT.

Fresh herbs are the answer to your cocktail dreams. Add flavor and depth when you muddle, infuse, or snip your favorite bunch.

Swing by Eataly for an herbal cocktail, or get our guide to infusing spirits.

mint cocktail terra

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