Canada's first Eataly opens in Toronto's Manulife Centre
There’s ribbon cutting, and then there’s pasta cutting.
Dignitaries including Mayor John Tory did a bit of both Wednesday, cutting a giant pasta noodle to officially open Eataly at the Manulife Centre — Canada’s first location of the popular Italian food marketplace.
“I am delighted to be here,” said Tory.
“(We’re) a very grateful city for getting the project together and having it open.”
Hundreds packed the massive, three-storey, 50,000-sq.-ft. store Wednesday to witness the opening ceremonies, just prior to opening to the public at 5 p.m.
Invited guests were able to sample everything from prosciutto, cheese, pizza, fresh pasta and gelato at various food stations, although visitors will be able to take advantage of both sit-down restaurants and various to-go options.
Nicola Farinetti, global CEO of Eataly, said the Toronto location was inspired by the city’s ethnic diversity, with an entire photo wall devoted to Torontonians from all over the world.