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MANGIA!

Now there’s a word we’d embroider on a red baseball cap in a heartbeat.

Everything’s coming up Italian for us this week after a preview visit to the much-anticipated Eataly Dallas at NorthPark Center. We’re pretty confident you’ve heard the news, so we had no plans of actually writing a story on the place. But once we stepped inside the front door, we fell in love.

Perhaps it was the smell of slow-simmering tomato sauces. Or the beautiful aroma of pizza frita (fried pizza!) being prepped at one of the restaurants. Or the delightfully pungent fragrance of formaggio that was strong enough to seep in through our face mask.

Either way, you get the picture. The place smells as good as it looks.

The iconic concept will be the seventh United States locations and the 41st worldwide. With 46,000 square feet, 10,000 local and Italian products, a butcher shop, a seafood counter, coffee, wine, gelato and beer bars, a trio of restaurants and a virtual (for now) cooking school, you could easily spend hours inside browsing then eating then browsing some more.

Tons of Covid safety measures are in place, too, including 25% restaurant capacity to start (reservations strongly encouraged), masks required throughout your visit and only one entrance to the store (outside, off Bodecker Street) to control occupancy limits.

The (pasta) ribbon cutting’s today at noon, so if you want to get in line to be one of the first visitors to Eataly Dallas, today’s your first chance.

Now, because you can’t smell via the internet, we’re pleased to give you a quick photo tour to give you a tiny glimpse of what’s in store for you and your taste buds.

Buon appetito!

Eataly Dallas
Opens today at noon
NorthPark Center
eataly.com

Photos courtesy of Eataly Dallas