Mercado Centrale Firenze is a food lovers dream. The building dates back to 1870 and designed by Giuseppe Mengori who also designed the fabulous Galleria Vittoria Emanuele Ii in Milano.
On the ground floor you will find the butchers, fishmongers and fruit and Vegetable vendors. I will come back and do a blog on this at another time. The second level is a one-stop food shopping center, divided into categories and stalls, in which you can either buy specialty items to take home or sit down to a farm fresh meal of your choice. And believe me choices there are plenty. Each section is dedicated to a different Italian specialty.
I was there on a Sunday morning about 10:30 which was a perfect time to wander and see things clearly without all the people who would undoubtedly be coming in an hour.
I loved the entrance graphics that lead you into the massive 3000 square meters of space and 500 seats with the individual stalls circling around the room.
High ceilings and sky lights give a open and inviting feel and adds to the grandeur.
There is a very large enclosed cooking school as you first enter. I’m going to get more info on the school and maybe take a class.
It’s very beautiful with all the shiny chrome and stain glass windows.
First stop is for a much needed cappuccino. I’m sorry to say I forgot to ask about the logo on the t shirts that all the staff are wearing and could not find it anywhere on line. I love it and will let you know when I do find out.
There is a beverage stall with a wine bar and has many beer choices on tap and all the coffee drinks you can imagine.
Meats of all sorts are represented and as everything I saw here beautifully displayed and of the highest quality.
Antipasti plates of every combination.
The queen of Italian cheese is of course mozzarella and my favorite buratta. Buratta is made with mozzarella and cream.The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside is stracciatella and cream, giving it an unusual soft texture. In other words it’s eating heaven.
One of my Italian goals is to try all of the different cheeses they have to offer.
Sandwiches on the finest bread and filled with prosciutto,or any of several types of ham, cheese and tomatoes. Well I can go on and on of the different combinations.
Italy is famous for their stuffed rice balls (Arancia di Risotto). These are larger than you usually see and some great fillings. I meant to come back by and take a couple of them home for dinner but forgot. A very good reason to go back.
Gelato was represented a few places and this cart was too cute to overlook.
Potatoes every way you can think of.
No lack of seafood. The little ceviche cups looked very inviting, also calling for another visit.
I finally settled on this bruschetta alternative. They used a very crunchy, nutty roll and topped it with the best tasting tomatoes and basil and my favorite burrata. This and a glass of prosecco was perfect.
I can’t wait to go back.