Alright, we’re not going to start hyperventilating yet, but it’s looking like the famed Italian brand Eataly might be coming to Vancouver sooner or later. In a recent interview with the Financial Post, executive president Andrea Guerra talked about which Canadian markets are primed for an expansion.

Unfortunately, he mentioned that Toronto is likely to see a second location before they expand across Canada. He mentions the fact that it’s Canada’s biggest city, and the brand is easily recognized there. Probably due to all the hype the first location has gotten.

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But, he thinks that the goal of becoming a ‘pillar in America’ is done, and is ready to move to North America. He also thinks that ‘Canada can be a big place’ for the concept.

Which, if you’re unfamiliar, is a hard one to comprehend. Let’s take the Toronto location as an example. It is basically a dozen restaurants, bars and supermarkets rolled into a 50,000 square foot space. Now that’s pretty bonkers.

Until the official announcement about Eataly Vancouver, we’re more than happy to support local initiatives like Di Beppe, Caffe La Tana and La Grotta Del Formaggio.

In fact, we think they’re going to be very hard to beat.