Mercato Centrale-Firenze circa 1874

16 Oct

Mercato Centrale-Firenze circa 1874

So we ventured a little farther today in search of some local incredible produce, pasta, fruits, and whatever else we could put our noses next to.
Don’t worry, we were very polite and mindful and didn’t touch unless we asked and were assured all was well. What delightful people. Here we go with a veritable plethora of pictures;

These little fellas were in more than one stall and the smell was incredible, and seemed oh so edible. Every imaginable type, some packaged, some loose, and even some vacuumed packed for take home. Mmmmm! We love us some mushrooms! And these you can bring home! Hurrah

Meat to Admire

Now for you carnivores, (Update: Thank you Janice – it was something else, but you got me  thinking!!) we do have some tasty meaty treats for you. I believe these are cured hams of different types as far as preparation goes. Some have rubs, others are plain. What you can’t see is that they are tied up by their hoofs! I think it’s so you know what type of animal it is. They too smelled good – very aromatic due to the spices. But wait! There’s more! 

And the meat goes on, and on, then more!

Here’s one of the “good lookers” I’ve had a few requests for. And there’s a handsome man behind the counter as well. (hee! hee!) This stall was incredible with lots of meats, cheeses, you name it. Seemed like a one stop shop for a picnic. For about a hundred people! Much too difficult to decide at this place and the lines were long. Yes, lots of people I had to shuffle back for artistic license. Of course they all understood perfectly, as this was the beginning of the “Renaissance” era, they created it…need I say more?

A bit of everything already packed to go home

Here we have a bit of everything packed to go. The cellophane was a bit shiny so it’s hard to see all the different bits and pieces, but trust me, it was pretty impressive.

Lemoncella, but of course.

So as you can see you need something to wash all this good food down with and I wouldn’t be true to “Under the Tuscon Sun” without the beloved “Lemoncella”! It’s very good, like lemonade on steroids so we steered clear…so far.

Okay? Will this hold you over for a bit? I really have to pay some attention to my sweetie who has been slaving over all the goodies we bought today (more pictures soon) and I must fill my tummy! Dang, now that Lemoncella sounds good!

More later -thanks for stopping by and keep those comments coming! We love them. And oh, by the way, there WILL be a test! : ) DJ*

7 Responses to “Mercato Centrale-Firenze circa 1874”

  1. BC October 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Oh don’t you love the delicatessens. Buy the skinny salami’s called Salamenti (sp) Another great salami is suprasata. Ask the Handsome man behind the counter, he’ll get you some, and the hot one is the best! OMG are they delicious. I have the recipe for Lemoncello. I actually have a bottle on my freezer as we speak. Put yours in the freezer, then drink when REALLY cold. It’s to die for…. mmmmmmm

  2. Skipping Stars Productions LLC October 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on Italian Heritage Association.

  3. MV October 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    The food looks amazing!!! What a lucky girl you are;)) Enjoy!!!

  4. Mag October 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Beware of the Lemoncello! Very high alcohol content – not that that’s a bad thing.

  5. Geo S October 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Geeze, I’ve gained 5# lusting after the food! Great trip!!

    • DJ* October 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      Thanks! More tomorrow – it just keeps getting better! Wait till you see what was for dinner!

  6. JC&AC October 17, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Shut the front door!! You didn’t get any Lemoncella?!? JK you two 😉 WOW it sounds awesome so far. The sights, the sounds, the SMELLS!! Oh I wish i could smell those smells. Please, PLEASE grab a small pack of those vacuum sealed mushrooms for us. Please. lol, anyhoo, cant wait to read and see what happens next. MANGIA!!

    Oh and rotate the photo in iphoto before uploading or edit the photo within the media library of wordpress.

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