Canada's first Eataly opens in Toronto's Manulife Centre

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There’s ribbon cutting, and then there’s pasta cutting.

Dignitaries including Mayor John Tory did a bit of both Wednesday, cutting a giant pasta noodle to officially open Eataly at the Manulife Centre — Canada’s first location of the popular Italian food marketplace.

“I am delighted to be here,” said Tory.

“(We’re) a very grateful city for getting the project together and having it open.”

Hundreds packed the massive, three-storey, 50,000-sq.-ft. store Wednesday to witness the opening ceremonies, just prior to opening to the public at 5 p.m.

Invited guests were able to sample everything from prosciutto, cheese, pizza, fresh pasta and gelato at various food stations, although visitors will be able to take advantage of both sit-down restaurants and various to-go options.

Nicola Farinetti, global CEO of Eataly, said the Toronto location was inspired by the city’s ethnic diversity, with an entire photo wall devoted to Torontonians from all over the world.

“You guys have more than 250 different ethnicities working together peacefully,” said Farinetti.

“I want to thank Toronto for reminding and teaching us this everyday.”