On May 6, 2021 at 5 p.m, Eataly Dallas will open its first-floor café, Caffè Lavazza, which promises to be an Italian-style and all-day experience. The café, opening with Eataly’s partners at Lavazza, will serve as the store’s first-floor entrance from NorthPark Center, welcoming guests into an authentic Italian café as their first contact with the marketplace. This grand opening marks the completed construction of Eataly’s 46,000 square foot Dallas store. Two of the three levels of the Italian emporium have been open and thriving since December 9, 2020.
Caffè Lavazza will have different offerings over the course of a single day for guests to pick up and enjoy in the cafè. In the morning, guests will be treated to the best cappuccino experience in the city, made with a blend of the finest Arabica and Robusta beans, local milk, and time-honored technique. Guests can enjoy their coffee seated in the cafè or request their coffee drinks for take-away, along with savory paninetti (small breakfast sandwiches) or sweet cornetti (Italian croissants) and housemade pastries. The lunch menu features a variety of light panini and salads for a convenient and high-quality lunch. Bringing some of Eataly’s most beloved producers from the marketplace to Caffè Lavazza, the housemade breakfast and lunch options will feature imported and local ingredients like Callipo tuna, Creekstone Farms roast beef, Profound Farms lettuce, and more. Guests returning for the merenda (afternoon snack) or after-dinner wine cocktails can pair their beverage with housemade pastries and cake loafs from our expert pastry team.
The star of Caffè Lavazza will be La Torre (The Tower), a multi-tiered tower overflowing with delectable treats. An Italian favorite often found in elegant metropolitan bars, La Torre will be offered all day long and will feature a vast array of savory or sweet bites to share amongst friends (or enjoy yourself), all made fresh every morning by Eataly’s expert pastry chefs. From iconic pastries like Babà Napoletano (Neapolitan rum cake) and Tartina al Limone (lemon tart) to mini panini or the beloved salatini – savory puff pastry morsels like spinach and ricotta-stuffed puff pastry, parmigiano cookies, and pizzette (little pizzas) served in every bar as an afternoon snack or a treasured aperitivo delight – La Torre is guaranteed to please everyone at the table.
“The opening of Eataly Dallas has been one of the most meaningful achievements in the history of our US expansion.” said Raffaele Piarulli, Executive Vice President of Eataly North America. “Finally bringing the project, together with our friends at Lavazza, to its full completion and giving our many beloved guests yet another opportunity to explore and enjoy a high quality, authentic Italian experience, makes us very excited for the future.”
Of course, Caffè Lavazza wouldn’t be an Italian-style café without the highest quality coffee from Eataly’s partners at Lavazza. Created by Luigi Lavazza in 1895 in Torino, Italy (where Eataly was founded) and boasting over 120 years of history, Lavazza is the ideal partner for Eataly in this café. Both Eataly and Lavazza have their roots in Piemonte, and share a common passion for quality, excellence, and creating an authentic Italian experience that highlights important values in Italian food and culture.
“We can’t wait to bring the authentic Lavazza café experience to Dallas, one of our top strategic markets as a major consumer hub. The opening is representative of our brand growth in the United States,” said Davide Riboni, President of Lavazza BU Americas. “Eataly has been a valued, longtime partner in bringing quality Italian culinary experiences to new markets, and we are honored to be a part of this expansion.”
As a new member in the Dallas social landscape, Eataly Dallas has been creating spaces for the community to come together over high-quality, authentic food and beverages. With the opening of Caffè Lavazza, Eataly is introducing an exciting concept that’s celebrated throughout Italy and is now making its way across the ocean to Dallas – the caffè sospeso.
Caffè sospeso literally means “suspended coffee” – a way to pay it forward, one espresso at a time. This little act of kindness originated among Neapolitan working-class neighborhoods: when someone stumbled upon good fortune, they would buy two espressos but drink only one, leaving the second one “suspended” for anyone else in their community to claim and enjoy. Eataly Dallas’ Caffè Lavazza is bringing this Italian way of life stateside: when guests purchase their espresso, they will also have the opportunity to buy an extra coffee that any other Dallasite can walk in and enjoy, no questions asked, at any time. Embracing Dallas’ charitable spirit, the caffè sospeso invites the community to embrace one another just as the Italians do – with a small and simple act of kindness centered around good food and drink.
To honor the Dallas community, on May 7, for every caffè ordered, Eataly will match the amount of the caffè sospeso to The Family Place. The Family Place is the largest family violence service provider in Texas, empowering victims of family violence with safe housing, counseling, and skills to create independence. Eataly Dallas partnered with The Family Place in March, and looks forward to creating this donation opportunity again.
Embracing its authentic Italian offering, Caffè Lavazza is about coming together. It’s a place to start your day with traditional espresso and a classic Italian cornetto (breakfast pastry) while reading the newspaper, and finish your day over a refreshing wine cocktail and La Torre (The Tower) of savory bar snacks, and in great company.
Caffè Lavazza joins Terra, La Pizza & La Pasta, and Il Pastaio as one of the restaurant offerings inside Eataly Dallas. As Eataly’s marketplace continues to thrive at NorthPark Center, health & safety remain top priorities. Eataly Dallas continues to require a mask for our employees and guests and will follow social distancing guidelines in our store. Eataly continues to monitor the situation and as conditions improve, they look forward to bringing more and more of the Eataly experience to Dallas.