Mercato Metropolitano

with founder Andrea Rasca

New eating out concepts and trends are being introduced all the time and Mercato Metropolitano has quickly become the choice destination for discerning food lovers all over London. On Thursday 7 September 2017 Arena's new vibrant event, ‘An Evening at Mercato Metropolitano’ with Andrea Rasca, invites you to experience the inspiring space that brings together an impressive collection of accomplished and well-loved Italian and London based artisan produce and hear from its founder, Andrea Rasca, who is also one of the founders of the world-famous Eataly market food halls.

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Event Timings

4.00pm Arrival and welcome drink
4.30pm Andrea Rasca, Founder of Mercato Metropolitano, introduces the vibrant, inspiring venue
4.45pm Guided tour of Prezzemolo, Enoteca, Food Halls and Community Cookery Kitchen, conducted by Andrea and his team
6.00pm Sharing platters with drinks are served
7.00pm Dessert tasting of Tiramisu and Gelato
7.15pm Closing speech by Andrea Rasca
7.20pm Cash bar and networking
8.00pm Close

The Event

Mercato Metropolitano: “Food as it was meant to be”

Following a highly successful opening in Milan in the summer of 2015, Mercato Metropolitano (MM), the brainchild of economist Andrea Rasca, opened its first UK site in London in the summer of 2016, bringing some of Italyʼs best-loved produce from small scale artisans.

Based around the values of craftsmanship, sustainability, urban renewal, good honest artisan food and real passion, Mercato Metropolitano has quickly become the choice destination for discerning food lovers all over the capital. It is free to enter and totally inclusive, providing a space for everyone to come together, break bread and hopefully learn a little too.

The London site, a once disused paper factory, is located in Elephant and Castle, part of the Borough Triangle that is currently undergoing a £3 billion regeneration. The site is owned by Peabody - one of the oldest and most well respected housing associations in London. Peabody signed a one year lease and was happy to welcome MM to SE1 due to their shared values.

MM’s core vision is maintained throughout every touchpoint; from the recycled materials to the no-frills layout. It’s entirely based on a sustainable economic model that is socially responsible and an asset to the local community.

Andrea Rasca, founder of MM comments: "The western world has a growing dependence on industrialised food and products that are made in large volumes with a focus on sales, not quality. As a result we have lost the sense of what our bodies really need. We don't need something just to fill our bellies, we need nutrients to make our bodies and minds work properly. And on a social level we need good and tasty food to share with our friends and family. That is what Mercato Metropolitano offers to its customers."

Celebrating the authentic gritty warehouse environment, MM brings out the natural beauty of its industrial buildings by creating inviting spaces both indoor and outdoor that play host to a theatre of activity, 11am to 11pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sunday, every week.

What is Mercato Metropolitano London?

  • A retail format that empowers small producers, farmers and artisans through dedicated spaces designed around a love of food
  • Over 45,000 square feet with a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces
  • An impressive collection of accomplished and well-loved Italian and London based artisan producers including ‘the best pizza maker’ from Naples and award-winning British food retailers
  • Workshops, cookery demos, talks and cultural events will be open to the local community local schools and the wider public. There is also cookery school, which is fast becoming the hub of Mercato Metropolitano. The programme of activities in the cookery school includes regular cookery classes and demonstrations for adults and children, showing different cuisines and hosting supper clubs/ pop ups. The kitchen also has chefs’ residencies, runs a corporate/business community programme and provides a space for team-building away days
  • An authentic, inclusive, sustainable, socially responsible and educational offering based on a passionate Italian and international market experience
  • A safe and exciting destination for families to come and learn about food and nutrition; from activities in the urban garden to talks with the producers of their favourite ingredients on site
  • Educational offerings for local community schools

Specialising in small producers from all over Italy and the UK, MM has an onsite coffee roaster, Artisanal beer maker, cheesemongers, specialist charcuterie and a large selection of Italy’s most exciting wines, fruit and vegetable growers, farmers and, obviously, pasta makers. All producers on site use only the very best ingredients and always keeping their passion and artisan values at heart.

Beyond the Food

MM has an ongoing programme of musical events, educational activities and cultural exhibitions. On top of that, you’ll find urban gardening, a huge outdoor street food area and an ‘in house’ cinema run by the excellent Backyard Cinemas. In the classic industrial three-story building on the site, accessible from Newington Causeway, you’ll find Prezzemolo e Vitale, one of the most exciting independent/family-owned fresh supermarkets from Palermo (prezzemoloevitale.net). Set inside a dedicated 4,000 sq ft space this supermarket boasts some of the very best of southern Italy’s produce. A series of educational offerings are also available for local schools, as well as urban gardening projects, Rooneyʼs boxing gym, music and art workshop.

Andrea Rasca

The wealth of experience and passion for the food industry of the co-founder of the world-famous Eataly, Andrea Rasca, inspired him to set up the open-air urban market Mercato Metropolitano in Milan in 2015.  He has now brought the project to London's Borough/Elephant & Castle along with some of Italy's best-loved produce from small artisans. Andrea was instrumental in setting up the Eataly market food halls in Japan and is well placed to bring the success of Mercato Metropolitano to London.

Hailing from a business, international relations and economics background, Andrea has worked in Food for the past 25 years, introducing Italian brands to the International arena as a Food Diplomat. He was the founder of a marketing agency specializing in Internationalization of food, beverage and lifestyle companies. 

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