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A few months ago, there was a lot of talk about a branch of this oversized Mario Batali restaurant/Italian store opening up in Los Angeles, perhaps at the Century City Mall, perhaps in Downtown. Any news lately?

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  1. No news. No announcements . but lots of roomers. Century City in the new remodel (where Bloomingdales is now after they move to the corner)?, Beverly Center ground floor?, Downtown Los Angeles (former Mall where the Broadway Department Store was)? West Hollywood? Beverly Hills? The only confirmed info is the Chicago location will open first.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      From LA Eater
      "The newest Eataly rumor floating around town is that the mega Italian mart is headed to Century City. A source shares intel that the Westfield Century City Mall will build an entirely new branch to accommodate Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's massive artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace and collection of eateries.

      Here's a list of past locales supposedly considered by team Eataly:

      1) The Beverly Center
      2) San Vicente/Melrose
      3) Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area
      4) Fairfax

      1. re: wienermobile

        a source who wishes to remain anonymous" says that Eataly is in "serious discussions" to open at Macy's Plaza, or rather what will become The Bloc after a $160-million remodel by developer The Ratkovich Company. Supposedly, Eataly would occupy much of the space that now functions as the food court below Macy's.

        1. re: wienermobile

          New roomer…LAX Theme Building….just kidding.

          1. re: wienermobile

            "roomer" -- Do these "roomers" share a house? Sorry, but I couldn't resist....

            1. re: ThatPat

              I'm dyslexic for real and even spell check can't always save me. sorry.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Glad it doesn't stop you from your generous postings here Wienermobile! And some of us can't help being the spelling police--sorry.

    2. This needs to happen. The thought of their salumi selection alone is making me crazy...

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      1. re: cinefoodie

        Have you ever gone into Guidi Marcello's http://www.guidimarcello.com/#!cold-c... in Santa Monica to peruse their salumi selecton?

        1. re: Servorg

          Actually, I have. It's great! Although, I must confess, between many of the Italian products available from large producers, and the slightly smaller local (i.e. stateside) salumi makers, I'm more partial lately to Creminelli and La Quercia, and of course, Armandino Batali's fantastic treats (Lardo - I'm talkin' to you), from Salumi in Seattle. That said, I know Chi Spacca has an amazing salumi program, which makes me all the more excited about what treats could await at a Los Angeles Eataly...

        2. re: cinefoodie

          Forget about their salumi selection, I can't wait to sample their salami selection!

        3. Why do people want to eat at a "restaurant" modeled after an (albeit Italian) airport foodcourt? I never understood this.

          And now Eataly Chicago is basically flopping around like a dying fish out of water.

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          1. re: TonyC

            the beergarden on the roof in nyc has decent food and is a fun place to get plowed.

            1. re: TonyC

              Hate to put down a supposedly good spot/idea,
              but something about this and the money-making Batali/Bastianich crowd kinda repels me.
              Being fair and being a latent Italian, I will probably pay a visit while holding tight to my wallet.

            2. Photo from new Chicago location

               
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              1. re: wienermobile

                The Chicago place looks to me like some sort of casino in an Asian city...

              2. I'm a fan of Eataly, both the Rome and Manhattan outposts. Grabbing snacks, even a meal at one of the many stands, is always an option but the real impact is access to so many Italian meats, cheeses, pastas and so on. All under one roof.

                Los Angeles would benefit from hosting Eataly.

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                1. re: steve h.

                  agree with steve h--i've only been to one eataly, and that was in genoa. iirc, that's the original.(i stand corrected--the first eataly was in turin.) it was fabulous--floor after floor of italian specialties--pastas, fresh and dried, oils, sauces, balsamicos, dried mushrooms and tomatoes, vino and more. several dining options and wine bars. loved it. put me in mind of gallerie lafayette's food "court", but italian. i would love to see an eataly in los angeles.

                2. The location in NYC has a factory feel to it. I love the idea but it just seems very commercial, touristy and for the masses.

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                  1. re: flowergirl

                    Not for the elites?

                    1. re: flowergirl

                      Eataly in NYC is definitely geared for the tourists, not the locals.

                      That doesn't necessarily make it bad, but it doesn't necessarily make it all that appealing, either.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Not necessarily so.

                        It is an attraction and that's a simple fact. However, the thrust of the place is that they supply excellent meats, cheeses, veggies, pasta, fish and so on.

                        Touristas like to walk around, sit at a food stall, maybe the beer garden upstairs and crowd the aisles. Locals like to score the burrata, get slices of quality San Daniele, score obscure pastas, decent produce (never a given out here on the east coast), fish that Pasternack approves of, etc.. The wine shop next door is pretty good, too.

                        As someone wrote, and I'll paraphrase, Eataly has endless aisles of all the Italian goodness that you wish your local grocery store had. A focused version of the farmers' market in Los Angeles, if you will.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Lets see I've been there three times and I don't live in NYC so that makes me a tourist but I have always enjoyed myself there. It's not like I have no idea where to go if I want to enjoy the local scene in NYC.

                          My friends who live in NYC go there often as well. They are in a high position in the national food media industry.
                          I would consider them elites if you will.

                          Basically something for everyone.

                      2. the entire top floor market space of Santa Monica place would be fantastic for this. I had hoped this wouldve been somewhat competitive to the ferry bldg in sf but not even close as we all now know... with tonvga park in, the train coming, and the appeal to tourists that eataly seems to have, this feels as it should be in contention...

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                        1. re: goldpackage

                          Great idea but Too late ...they just made a deal for a multiplex movie theater for the south east end of the 3rd floor. Possibly Arclight.

                          http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_si...

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            perfect! now they can just get rid of everything in that market area and everything else on the top floor (maybe keep zengo) and start over. this was a huge missed opportunity strategically. this could have easily become a world class destination (pulling in way more shoppers) and it's not even a destination of value on the westside. we've seen other cities get things right (ferry building, ahhhh ummmmm public transportation etc) and what do we do from a practical standpoint: disregard all of it. and in 2014 we're left with the 405 retaining wall and shoulder expansion project, and the barely used, poorly cultivated santa monica place, woo hoo!!!!!

                            1. re: goldpackage

                              and in 2014 we're left with the 405 retaining wall and shoulder expansion project, and the barely used, poorly cultivated santa monica place
                              -----------------------------------------
                              and traffic. you westsiders sure got a lot of traffic =P

                              1. re: ns1

                                Poorly cultivated SMPlace? Jeez, the so called city planners have made SM impossible as it is. Cannot imagine what a WELL cultivated SMPlace would do to what already is a traffic nightmare. SM has changed from a destination to a location to be AVOIDED at any cost.
                                We don't need no stinkin' Eatily HERE.

                                1. re: VenusCafe

                                  Don't worry with Arclight now coming in on the third floor Eatily is definitely not coming to The Santa Monica Place.

                              2. re: goldpackage

                                Yes... my dream was LA's version of SF's Ferry Building with a Cow Girl Creamery and all, but another blown opportunity.

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  Where us eatily going?

                                  I'll take our farmers and grand central markets over the embarcado

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    1) The Beverly Center
                                    2) San Vicente/Melrose
                                    3) Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area
                                    4) Fairfax
                                    5) Downtown (Macy's Mall Complex)
                                    6) Century City Mall
                                    7) Dodger Stadium

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Thanks WM.

                                      Those sound like better locations to me than santa fucking monica. You want business, go to midcity. The Lohmans on La Cienega is closing down....maybe there?

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        They were actually looking at the ground floor of The Beverly Center a few month ago where The Irvine Ranch Market and Grand Lux Cafe once were.

                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          great, high traffic area.

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            The roomer of the moment is it's between Century City Mall (in the next extensive remodel with the replacement of the tower on Ave of The Stars with Bloomingdales moving to the bottom of a new tower & condos above with Eatily moving to the current Bloomingdales space .

                                            Or The Macy's Mall Downtown LA (the entire block and Mall would be remodeled with Eatily taking whole bottom floor).

                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                              id prefer the latter but both seem reasonable, if not as good as bev center...

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                latter is way more accessible via public transport. so definitely (and hopefully) the bloc.

                                                1. re: ns1

                                                  i agree.

                                        2. re: jessejames

                                          Ugh... They just got a Trader Joes in that corner and it's a NIGHTMARE to get into...

                                          --Dommy!

                                          1. re: Dommy

                                            what corner are you referring to?

                                            1. re: ns1

                                              I would guess where Burton Way, San Vicente and La Cienega all Y together...

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                something needs to happen at that intersection, like elevated walkways....only 8 more years til the subway stop on la cienega and wilshire!

                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                  When I worked in Saudi there was a merging of 4 lanes into 2 out by the airport in Dhahran that got nicknamed "Goat Fuck Junction" by some wag and it stuck...That confluence of roads reminds me a little of GFJ.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    i'd give that name to olympic and the 405 area...but sv/bw and la cienega is now getting gridlock where it didn't exist a few years back...

                                                    there are secrets to avoid GFJ tho with some of the little side streets and peel offs from san vicente...

                                  2. re: goldpackage

                                    A movie theatre would be a shame. Too bad the mall couldn't put something better and more imaginitive in the space. Heck, the Grand Central Market is becoming the new Ferry Building not a high end project in Santa Monica.

                                    1. re: bringiton

                                      The big mistake for me was not going with local vendors for the restaurants or the market stalls.
                                      could you imagine a Din Tai Fung or Brent's on the third floor? La Barbara's Pizza? Maybe a mini See's Candies Factory? Ricky's Fish Tacos?Beverly Hills Cheese Shop? Bludso's? Kyochon Chicken? A relocated Chinois? Park's BBQ? Sweet Rose Creamery? Kogi? or Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe?

                                      1. re: bringiton

                                        Arclight made it official today they will be opening theaters on the 3rd floor of the Santa Monica Place in spring 2015 with construction starting soon.

                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          That's sad news. The top floor could have been gourmet heaven if the mall owners had some skills to select the right tenant mix.

                                  3. re: goldpackage

                                    Grand Central Market in Downtown is well on its way to a makeover to echo the Ferry Building in Frisco (a name which really pisses off our friends in the Bay Area).

                                  4. Eataly in Manhattan is excellent. If they open here and you don't like it, don't go. More room for me. The porchetta sandwich, alone, was worth the first class airfare.

                                    1. boom, century city mall. ETA 2017.

                                      http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/06/...