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Eataly, the best Italian gastronomy in Paris

France and Italy might not be the best of political friends right now but there’s one thing everyone can agree on: there’s nothing like a good meal. Eataly has finally landed in Paris, and it’s well worth forgetting old feuds for!

Oscar Farinetti founded the Eataly concept in Turin, in 2003, inspired by the global Slow Food movement launched in 1989 by Italian activist Carlo Petrini as a counterweight to McDonalds, then popping up in Italy’s most beautiful squares. Today Eataly has 37 stores worldwide and, in partnership with the Galeries Lafayette group, the brand’s exclusive franchise holder in France, these champions of culinary heritage now offer the best of Italy in the Marais.

Visitors can choose from 4,000 sq.m of products, ninety per cent sold in France for the first time, spread between two buildings and three floors. As well as seven restaurant areas, eight market stalls and a 2,500 sq.m deli, there’s a cookery school on the first floor where you can learn how to prepare these foods, often little known in France. At Eataly, the products are high added-value, farmers are paid a fair price, consumers don’t get hit in the pocket and the environment really does matter.

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37, rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004, Paris Phone : 01 83 65 81 00 www.eataly.net/fr_fr/magasins/paris-marais/
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It pulls out all the stops on the ground floor of the main building, where you could easily spend a whole day, from morning till night. The Espresso Bar Gelateria welcomes foodies at the crack of dawn for a “ristretto”, a delicious shot of the black stuff to savor with pastries that couldn’t be more Italian. If you’re looking to fill your cupboards, try the takeout counters at the Panetteria bakery, the Macelleria butchers, the Salumeria deli/antipasti bar, the Mozzarella bar, the Ravioli bar, and the Salume e Formaggi area. Eataly has the capital’s largest stock of Italian wines, big and small – L’Enoteca – with over 1,200 vintages, and a maturing cellar for cheeses and another for meat.

A courtyard with an open-air fruit and vegetable market connects to the second building and its typically Italian café. The heady drinks list at the Bar Torino, with a great view of the square Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, makes it hard to leave, especially since it doesn’t close until 2am. Between two drinks, make your way to one of three restaurants where there’s something to suit all pockets. For everyday meals, Pasta and Pizza will do you proud or, if you want a taste of real Italian gastronomy, hop along to the Osteria del Vino.

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By Florence Halimi. Photos : Thibaut VOISIN - Published the

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