TERRA at EATALY L.A. | Elevate Your Dining Experience
Elevate your dining experience, literally, by taking it up on a roof! An urban oasis in the sky is great for any event; parties, after-work drinks and snacks, romantic dates and, of course, Instagrammable moments. The gentle breeze, stunning views, fresh air, and looking down on all the poor souls who aren’t on a rooftop is perhaps the most fun.
Eataly L.A., located in the upscale Westfield Century City complex, is not only a colossal Italian marketplace and retailer but home to Terra, a favorite rooftop eatery among Angelenos. Few things add atmosphere to a meal quite like a view, especially one of the Hollywood Hills! Adorning the third floor, Terra is an Italian Restaurant, Roof Deck, Cocktail Bar and Lounge that has it all! From the amazing food, killer cocktails and great ambiance you are guaranteed to fall in love with every meticulous detail.
Scaling the spiral stairs past Eataly’s wine section, you arrive at Terra where the elements of earth, gin and fire are brought together and accentuated throughout. The component of “fire” cannot be missed, as you are immediately confronted with the impressive open kitchen and huge wood and charcoal burning grill sizzling with wild seafood, ranch-bred meat, varieties of arrosticini (meat skewers popular in Italy’s Abruzzo region and invented by shepherds) and whole grilled vegetables Delightfully intoxicating as well are the dripping hunks of Italian cheese and cured meats which are artfully suspended over the smoke.
Terra translates to “earth” in Italian, which is all about highlighting the basics and making the ground-to-grill experience a reality. The items from the custom-built grill focus on simple dishes using only three to four ingredients allowing the pure earthy flavors to shine. Unlike much of Eataly, Terra does not aim to be a literal translation of the country from which it originates, it is, like so many things in California, a product of place, using the local produce and capturing the style of Italian and California eating – relaxed and simple. As a result, the earthy dishes pair perfectly with the botanical cocktails and premium Italian wines.
Locally grown Almond wood is used for the grill adding a layer of subtle flavor without overwhelming the dish. Grill favorites include the whole roasted artichokes, speared fennel, coal-roasted sweet potatoes, local beets, pasture-raised mutton, heritage pork, beef and my personal fave the lamb chops. The exquisite pastas are freshly made in house and are served shareable the Italian way! The diverse menu allows meat-eaters and vegetarians alike to enjoy an incredible meal, the Californian way!
Dessert at Terra is not an option, classics like Tiramisu, Stone Fruit Panna Cotta and Chocolate Crostata are delicious, but the roving Gelato Cart takes things to a whole new level! Three generous scoops of the sweet cream house-made gelato are customizable to include all or any of the following items: chocolate sauce, hazelnuts, small bits of broken cannoli shells, whipped cream and cherries. If you are in the mood for a savory dessert top off your gelato with balsamic vinegar, some top-notch olive oil, and sea salt – dessert doesn’t get any better than that!
Terra’s 11,000 square foot indoor-outdoor dining area and lounge are separated by a wall of glass doors and include two bars (one inside and one on the terrace); two private dining rooms; retractable roof, ample heaters, communal tables, a fire pit, active outdoor botanical garden and a breathtaking 20-year old olive tree that serves as the focal point of the outside terrace. Items from the garden, fresh herbs, veggies, mint and basil to name a few, are used in many of the refreshing cocktails and delectable dishes.
The two bars serve identical drink menus – and focus almost primarily on “gin”, which is experiencing a rebirth among Michelin-starred chefs in Italy. A curated list of international gins includes five from Italy, and bottles from the Philippines, Spain, London, Argentina, Hawaii, and Japan. Currently, there are approximately 50 international and domestic labels by the glass and in several botanical cocktails. Terra’s goal is to eventually stock 100 gins from Italy alone!
Aside from the robust international wine list, drink specialties include the “Via Nizza” – Sipsmith Gin, Terra apertivo blend, Carpano Antica; “Rye-Located” – Dickey Rye, Santa Maria Al Monte, Amara Amaro, brandies cherry and bitters. Currently the G & T, seasonal botanical pairings with the world’s finest gins include the :G&T No.1” – Bordiga Occitan Dry Gin, Lurisia Acquaint Tonica, cucumber, lemon & rosemary – light and refreshing; and the “G&T No. 3” – Imea Gineprina Gin, East Imperial Old World Tonic, Strawberries, hibiscus, mint – beautiful and delicious!