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Confirmed: Eataly is Coming to Short Hills Mall

by The Montclair Girl Team
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Here at The Montclair Girl, we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of local happenings. We read the news, check our DMs, and do our best to stay on top of things. But one story has eluded us for weeks: a rumor is going around that world-famous Italian market and eatery Eataly has plans for a location in the Short Hills Mall later this year. Finally, after multiple trips to the Short Hills Mall, we have an update. Read on for what we know.


What We Know

The first mention of an Eataly location bubbled up via local influencer NJ Hipsturbia Collective’s Instagram. The team shared a post reading, “Eataly is coming to New Jersey by the end of 2024 in the previous Primo Mercado location at the Short Hills Mall. This will be Eataly’s first location in New Jersey. Construction has already begun at the Mall.” When reached for comment, the team would only reveal that they had gotten the information from “a reputable source at Short Hills Mall.”


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Members of the MG team have visited other Eataly locations and are excited about the possibility, so we sprung into action. We contacted Eataly’s corporate headquarters. We contacted the Short Hills Mall management. We even went to Short Hills Mall to see for ourselves.

We got: no calls or emails in response to our queries. We saw: no construction.

Meanwhile, other local news outlets reported on Eataly’s opening as fact. We saw the story in NJ.com, TapInto, Jersey Digs, and New Jersey Monthly.

Short Hills Mall Directory w Eataly

Finally, on March 10th, we were able to get confirmation with our own two eyes. The mall directory now has Eataly listed.

All About Eataly

Eataly was founded in Turin, Italy on January 27th, 2007 by Oscar Farinetti, per Eataly’s website. Oscar’s vision for Eataly extended beyond creating a store — he aspired to establish an understanding of life through the lens of food. With this concept in mind, Oscar created a school, a market, and a table to bring people together in one place. Over time, Eataly expanded its footprint across the world, including locations in New York, Los Angeles, Germany, Japan, and London.

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^ Eataly’s Chicago location

Before Oscar opened the first Eataly in Italy, he traveled across 20 regions to select local producers who aligned with the Slow Food partner’s criteria for cuisine that is fresh and delicious. These chosen Italian producers import fresh ingredients from Italy such as Afeltra’s bronze-extruded, air-dried pasta from southern Gragnano, and Niasca Portofino’s freshly jarred pesto Genovese from northern Liguria.

Eataly will be located on the first floor of the mall, near Bloomingdales’, in the space that formerly held Mercado. Eataly provides a variety of dining options like a pizzeria, a pasta bar, a meat and cheese counter, and a gelato shop. Aside from dining, Eataly is also a retail market that has Italian groceries, cookware, and tableware.


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Depending on the location, Eataly tailors its dining experiences to suit individual tastes. Specific restaurant names for its New Jersey location remain unknown at this time.

Eataly shoppers can expect the same Italian cooking and lifestyle shopping and dining experience as at other locations. In addition to shopping for Italian groceries and ingredients, the store also has home goods and personal products for sale. The food hall portion features different dining counters with different experiences. Other Eataly locations have choices such as seafood, cheese, gelato, and even one counter in Chicago is dedicated solely to Nutella. Eataly also has cooking classes and other instruction. Some selections from other locations include wine tastings, and truffles.

Though details about its arrival at Short Hills Mall are currently limited, be sure to follow @themontclairgirl on Instagram and TikTok for further updates, and sign up for our weekly newsletter here.

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