Foodie Heaven! (Mercato Centrale)

Ciao Readers! (and Happy Halloween!) (and Happy Birthday Henry!)

Wow – I just got back from a trip across town to Mercato Central (the central market) – wow!  I can’t believe we’ve been here almost 3 months and I just “discovered” this (well-known) gem!

So here’s the scoop – in my effort to not be a tourist in my adopted home, I have been going to Sant’ Ambrogio market (which I have blogged about).  It is the “real” market for locals – and don’t get me wrong, it’s great and where we get most of our fruits and vegetables.  The Mercato Centrale, from what I had read, is where the tourists go (it’s right by the big outdoor leather market in the center of town) – so up until today I avoided it like the plaque.  Big mistake!  While some of the food is obviously geared towards tourists (fancy bags of multi-colored pastas at equally fancy prices), the market is a foodie dream and has lots of “normal” amazing food on offer.  (And, compared to the usual “tourists,”  the venders thought my Italian was “benissimo.”)

I actually went in search of yet another weird ingredient to replicate comfort foods (dried cranberries [for granola], which I found in the dried fruit stall pictured), but ended up discovering an entire new food-shopping haven (as an aside – I often write several posts on days when inspiration hits me – I wrote this one before I read the articles about culture shock – no more wild goose chases for now!).  Not only are there all of the beautiful prepared foods pictured below, there are numerous fresh-looking meat and fish stalls.  I had kinda given up hope finding any foodie markets as cool as the ones in Bologna, until today!  YAY!

Bon appetit!

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  1. veraersilia

     /  October 31, 2012

    Ma ti rendi conto di quanto siete fortunati ? this is in Italian to welcome you to the tribe even though I am not there any more.

  2. Margaret

     /  October 31, 2012

    Yay! Huge source of comfort to find favorite markets!

  3. Che bei ricordi! Ai tempi ci si andava quasi ogni giorno! I profumi, i colori… Have you been upstairs too? They have heavenly fresh and biological fruits and vegetables… you are so lucky!

  4. Ako

     /  November 2, 2012

    OMG! Looks so delicious! & thanks for Henry’s shout out! Love & miss you! Can’t wait to see this place NEXT YEAR!

  5. A bit jealous! The Italians know how to do it when it comes to food.


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