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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

By Toronto Life| Photography by Renée Suen

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Inside Eataly Toronto, the new 50,000-square-foot location of the long-awaited Italian food emporium
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Inside Eataly Toronto, the new 50,000-square-foot location of the long-awaited Italian food emporium

After years of anticipation, Eataly Toronto finally opened to the public yesterday. But before the revolving doors let in the hordes of would-be shoppers lined up all along Bloor, Eataly held a somewhat more private party before the official 5 p.m. opening. The ribbon-cutting (or, in this case, sheet-of-pasta-cutting) ceremony took place earlier in the day, and was attended by Eataly CEO Nicola Farinetti, Galen Weston Jr. (the Weston family is behind part of the project), Italian consul general Eugenio Sgro and Mayor John Tory. And with all the free samples it was like Costco on a Saturday, but instead of bagel pizzas and meatballs, there was champagne, caviar and beef tartare. Here’s what day one at the Italian food emporium looked like.

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Upon entry, customers end up in the Gran Caffé, Eataly’s licensed all-day café:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

The second floor is where everything else is (except for the brewery, which you’ll see later):

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

There’s produce for sale:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

The baskets are a nice touch:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

There were samples aplenty, including a whole bunch of meat:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Including fancy ham:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And prosciutto:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Some of that prosciutto ended up on the Neapolitan pizzas:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Here’s one of them now:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

There were also samples of Roman-style pizza alla pala:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And pizza al padellino, Torino-style pies cooked in small pans:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

There were pasta-making demonstrations:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And over in the culinary school, risotto was the recipe of the day:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Ontario’s own Sheldon Creek Dairy is Eataly Toronto’s milk supplier:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Their milk ends up in Eataly’s house-made gelato:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And in their coffee-based beverages:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

But back to the meat samples: Here we have some roast beef

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And some beef tartare with white truffle:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Guests also indulged in caviar tastings, because of course:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

To wash it down: some sparkling

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And a bit more sparkling:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And some wine:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And an Aperol Spritz:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

The bakers were hard at work, pumping out loaves of wood-fired bread:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Over at the raw bar, there were oysters:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Here’s the raw bar itself:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

For the vegetarians, some deep-fried ‘shrooms:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And for dessert, piped-to-order cannoli:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And samples of Venchi’s chocolate:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

It’s officially panettone season:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

The prepared-food counter is up and running:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And the pasta counter is stocked:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

The hosts are ready:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And Indie Ale House’s Birroteca is ready to serve:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

These four new Italian-style beers can only be found at this location:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

Here’s Mayor Tory, who mentioned that the opening of Eataly created 450 new jobs:

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What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

And here’s the crew, post–ribbon cutting:

What opening day at Eataly Toronto looked like

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