Aha, one more food concept announced today for that anticipated new gourmet alley, The Market atop Santa Monica Place. It's not Eataly but we'll take it, Piero Selvaggio of Valentino Restaurant Group plans to open Primi Al Mercato on May 20, a dual trattoria and retail space known as the Laboratory di Pasta. The trattoria will serve "creative pastas" with sauces composed of seasonal ingredients from the nearby Santa Monica farmers market. On the subject of the Laboratory di Pasta, it's high time the westside landed a specialty pasta shop, other than fresh/frozen pastas at Bay Cities, the packaged stuff sold at Whole Foods, and some farmers market vendors, there isn't much by way of fresh pasta by the sea.
Meanwhile, Primi Al Mercato joins the ranks of previously announced tenants: enokado wine shop, L'Artisan du Chocolat, N'Ice Cream, Röckenwagner Bakery, The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories and Community Kitchen, The Curious Palate, and Kings Road Cafe.
·The Market at Santa Monica Place Opens May 20 [~ELA~]