On June 16, the immensely popular Italian food hall known as Eataly opened its first Bay Area location, named Eataly Silicon Valley, at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara. The news comes after two years of planning and construction, and we can be sure that its opening will cause a major stir for Bay Area foodies.
Eataly has over 40 locations across the world and 7 in the United States. These massive markets are famous for having an enormous selection of sustainably-sourced ingredients, with everything from olive oil to fresh meats. Visitors can browse the options to take home and use in their own cooking, or sit down for a bite to eat and a glass of spritz in the dining areas. Some locations are also known to host cooking classes and demonstrations.
According to The Mercury News the new Westfield location has two restaurants, a market, and a wine shop, as well as a selection of food service counters offering gelato, pizza, coffee and more.
“You will see artisan products, you will see talent, you will see people touching food, you will see the action involved in producing and presenting food,” said Raffaele Piarulli, COO of Eataly North America. “Our kitchens will be visible, you will see how pasta is made, how bread is made.”
Eataly first opened in Torino, Italy in 2007 and soon expanded to countries including Japan, Brazil, Turkey, the UAE, and Germany. The first US location opened in 2010 in New York City, with other stores soon arriving in Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, and Dallas. Eataly’s Los Angeles location was added in 2017.
This newest addition to Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara is part of a larger $1.1 billion overhaul of the site. It’s one of over 100 other retailers and restaurants that are in the process of joining the mall.