The pioneering, all-Italian Eataly got there first, but as U.S. food halls become ubiquitous, the boldest newcomers are embracing a deep-dive, single-culture approach, including the following trio.

The Italian spectrum – from a gelato shop and espresso bar to a pizza and pasta specialist and a fine restaurant inspired by the Liguria region – fills 40,000 square feet at downtown’s La Centrale. A cooking school teaches techniques for preparing the foodstuffs, available at the on-site market.

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With counters devoted to soba, Wagyu, ramen, sushi, and more, Japan Village covers Japanese gastronomy from street to sophisticated. The 20,000-square-foot space includes a grocery, as well as a liquor store specializing in sake and other Japanese spirits. 

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La Cosecha, which describes itself as a “culinary embassy” to Latin America, is home to the Bolivian plant-based restaurant Ali Pacha, Panamanian coffee roaster Café Unido, and Mexican modernist venue Amparo. Between bites, shop for home decor and accessories from Central and South America. 

Top photo: La Centrale’s on-site market.

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