Monday, September 10, 2007

Mercato Centrale

In the middle of San Lorenzo street market, is the huge building that contains Mercato Centrale. This is Florence’s busiest food market, and a great tourist attraction also, even if you are not buying food. The building is a 2-story cast iron and glass and was built in 1874.

The first floor stalls sell meat, poultry, fish, hams, cheese, olive oils, pastas, deli items, sandwiches, and wine. You can buy a sandwich to go with some of the Fiorentina delicacies such as porchetta (roast suckling pig) lampredotto (pigs’ intestines) and trippa (cows’ stomach). I haven’t tried any of these things, and I don’t care if it makes me a bad Italian!

The second floor vendors sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Now, since it is Fall, the wild mushroom (Porcini) and truffles are starting to come in.

I visit the market regularly for produce, cheese, and chicken livers. The cases full of food are always interesting to look at. If you are interested in food items for souvenirs, this is the best place to go!

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