Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo

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Located in Florence, Italy the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo is a true sensory experience of colors and aromas and is a very hustle-bustle market. Everyone I spoke with was very friendly, welcoming and not pushy at all. Many of the local restaurants shop here for ingredients… Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 1:30 pm and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. .

At San Lorenzo you can shop for flowers, wine, fresh pastas, cheeses, fresh produce, and anything made from truffles. This market is the perfect place to shop for all your goodies to take home. I ate a panini di maiale (pork sandwich) with a peperoncini and green herb paste and a glass of house wine for 6 Euros at Nerbone which was established in 1872. I highly recommend a pit stop here since the panini was scrumptuous!

Next, I met a charming and interesting couple who own a shop called Conti. The owner is Stefano Conti and his partner Yvonne. Stefano is Italian and Yvonne from California. She gave me an incredible tasting and lesson on how balsamic is aged and produced. I was amazed at how similar the process is to aging wine. This stop at Conti is a must… All in all, it was a great morning and a very unique experience. A must see spot when in Firenze!

Categories: Wine Wisdom

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