Mario Batali’s stamp on Los Angeles has thus far been the indulgent Osteria Mozza and its equally delectable sidekick, Pizzeria Mozza. But by the end of 2012, this city could be home to another of his massive hits: Eataly.
Already a New York City landmark, the mammoth market-restaurant hybrid was originally born in Torino, Italy, in 2007, before spreading to various cities in Italy, Japan and in 2009: NYC. Tourists and locals alike visit the 5th Avenue, 50,000-square-foot building for its fresh blocks of Parmigiano-Reggiano, quality salumi and exquisite olive oils, but also for beloved Batali eateries like Clean Plates-approved Birreria and Manzo.
So where is the colossal LA outpost going to fit? And more importantly: will there be enough parking? Reports are surfacing that Joe Bastianich, MasterChef judge and Batali’s business partner, has found promising property in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area, specifically at the intersection of San Vicente and Melrose—though nothing has been inked yet. Batali has said that he plans to expand Eataly into DC, Toronto and Mexico City—but it looks like LA will be first. Grazie!
Image courtesy of K. M. Gong.