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Terroni Grows Downtown Footprint With New Italian-Focused Marketplace

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Dopolavoro opens Wednesday with lots of wine and cheese

A cheese case
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Downtown’s Italian food scene gets a further boost this week with the arrival of Dopolavoro, a casual side-concept from the Terroni team. The mostly Italian marketplace looks to open on Wednesday, some two-and-a-half years after first being announced.

Dopolavoro sits just a couple of doors away from Terroni on Spring Street, inside the same larger building and with its own matching tall windows looking out onto all the traffic whizzing past. The smallish space will offer a tight collection of mostly Italian delicacies, from wine and olive oils to cheese and handmade pasta. On-the-go types can also swing through for finished ingredients or pre-made heat-and-eat meals like eggplant parmesan. Thankfully the corner store-like shop will also carry everyday staples like eggs, milk, and bread, something Downtown has long been in greater need of having on hand.

Dopolavoro translates to “after work” in Italian, and could become exactly that kind of corner store for the burgeoning area adjacent to the Fashion District and South Park. A sign on the front door currently notifies potential customers of an opening on Wednesday, December 20, but the space is already well-stocked and friends and family nights are about to get underway. When Dopolavoro opens officially this week, expect hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

808 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA