By now, you've heard an awful lot about Eataly Boston. Your coworkers can't stop talking about it. Your mom has sent you a link to the same news story every day for the past week. Hell, you were probably one of the hundreds of people who waited in line to check it out on opening day.
It's one of the biggest restaurant openings the city has seen in a long time, no question. Which makes sense, seeing how celebirty chef Mario Batali is behind it and it took the place of the Prudential Center's entire food court. This is a big deal. And we Bostonians turned out in droves to prove it.
The team behind Eataly sent out some stats about its opening day. If you want to get a sense of just how major this was, read on. And know this: Everything below was sold between 4 and 11 p.m. only on Eataly's first day of business.
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250 pounds of mozzarella curd (4,000 ounces) and 1,000 mozzarella balls at our fresh-production lab
500 Rossopomodoro pizzas at the restaurant La Pizza & La Pasta
700 cannoli at the Cannoli Cart, an exclusive offering at Eataly Boston
1,800 pieces of pizza alla pala and 500 rustic loaves of bread (700 pounds) at the bakery
300 bags of housemade chips throughout the market
2,500 coffee drinks at the two cafes, Vergnano and Lavazza
"Boston is very proud to be the fourth location for Eataly in the United States," said Mayor Marty Walsh at the grand opening. “Boston's Eataly has an important focus on food sustainability and supporting local produce markets and farmers, and they offer a truly unique way to experience Italian culture with a European-style marketplace rich with goods from all over the world. I am excited that Eataly has chosen Boston for their new location and encourage residents and visitors to enjoy all that the new marketplace has to offer."
The first day was such a success, Eataly staff has been given the day off today. The market will reopen tomorrow with regular hours beginning at 7 a.m.
Image via City of Boston.