Occupying a cavernous space in Century City’s Westfield, this Italian gourmet food emporium and restaurant space—which stretches across multiple floors—makes a solid attempt at replicating the charm of the Italian grocery shopping experience in America. Dozens of counters and mini kitchens make and sell everything from fresh mozzarella and home-made pasta, to vegetables and desserts. While the lines for each of Eataly’s three restaurants are admittedly long the wait is worth it, whether you’re opting to try the pizza at La pizza & La Pasta, the sustainably caught, wild California fish at the incredible Il Pesce Cucina, or just a few small bites and a glass of wine at La Piazza. The real beauty of Eataly is that after your meal you can wander back downstairs and purchase everything you just ate to recreate an authentic Italian meal at home—helped along with some solid advice from the highly knowledgeable staff that man every counter. Avoid weekends and arrive early until (or if), the initial buzz dies down.

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