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Il Mercato-Parte Due (The Market)

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Back to the mercato. My first post featured just the fruits and vegetables. I saved the best for this post. The cheeses and the cured meats.


I may have gone a little crazy at this counter ordering soft cheeses. Teresa was yelling at me that we already had the same cheese at home. You can never have too much cheese.Especially in Italy!;)
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A passionate discussion as I turned the corner. I see the ladies every week at the market and they know Teresa. Well, everyone knows Teresa. I get introduced as. “La mia nuora Lory.” She calls me Lory and I don’t mind.
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I inhale annoying cigarette smoke as I turn the next corner where the clothes are. I have to go by the cheese section one more time. Teresa lost me when she went looking for the linen guy. I told her to meet me in the cheese section.

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Then there was this animated man holding the largest knife I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t tell if he was happy or really angry. They were discussing taxes and why they barely make any money at the market. All the fault of the taxes and the customers that get them in trouble for not keeping their receipts.

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Then he slammed his knife in the cutting board right before telling me the amount of penalties he paid in euros last year. I took my last photo and scooted over somewhere more friendly.

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This is the counter where I find canned sardines from Sicily. I know. Not everyone’s favorites. But these sardines are different. They are amazing.

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Some prosciutto crudo.The man with the hat is named Marco. When my sister-in-law told him I was from Florida he asked my sister-in-law, "Che cazzo ci fa qua?" A vulgar way of asking her what is she doing in Italy and why isn't she in Florida? He has been to Boston and Miami. He was telling us about an Italian restaurant he ate at in Miami that was delicious. He said he wants to move to Key Largo and marry a woman from Florida.

He invited the kids to sample cheeses with him. He gave them chunk after chunk of ParmigianoReggiano and Grana Padano to taste. I bought my cheeses and told him I will see him next summer. He smiled and told me, "Ciao bellissima bionda! I will marry you in my next lifetime!"

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The fresh pasta guy who thinks I’m a reporter.

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And some more cheese. Beautiful cheese. I’m trying to figure out how to take that whole table back with me to the States. Enjoy the deliciousness from Italy. ciao:)xo



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23 comments

  1. Just lovely. If I close my eyes I can almost imagine what it would be like to bethere with you- amazing! Minus the scary tax knife man.

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  2. fun and love all the characters there

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  3. Love the photos, thanks for sharing! You're right, one can never have too much cheese :).

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  4. I can't stop laughing at the merchant who thinks you're a reporter! Those cheeses were driving me crazy - then I remembered my huge wedge of Grana Padano in my fridge, and broke off a hunk to nibble. Not the same, but adequate. If you marry the Grana - Parm guy in another life, send me some cheeses - IF I'm still human in my next life ;) Stay away from knife guy!! LOL

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  5. I love the guy with the knife and the one that wants to marry you. Too funny! Don't you wish we had markets like this in the U.S.!? I am thinking about boarding a plane and heading back to Italy! Enjoy!

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  6. Beautiful beautiful beautiful! We have pretty good markets in France but boy oh boy do we really miss the markets in Italy and every single one of your photos shows why. The food is incredible but the personality of the Italian vendors so add to the ambiance! I'd want to take it all home with me, too! Does that sardine dude wear a toupée? And I can't believe that other guy would rather live in Florida! Oh I really must join you there one summer! Fabulous!

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  7. Loved visiting the market with you!!

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  8. Loved the post, it makes me homesick for Padua.
    Eeek! Taxes and knives don't mix, good idea to run away!
    It sounds like you are having a WONDERFUL time.

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  9. Fabulous and hilarious Lora! Loving the ride along.

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  10. Wow, the cheeses and the pastas are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Lora!

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  11. what a great tour of that incredible market! How I miss Italy and all the delicious foods...sigh

    thanks for taking us along with you, and eat a little extra for me!

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  12. Such a lovely post! It makes me very nostalgic for last summer in Italy and France with the daughter. I can even smell the cigarette smoke.

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  13. Who can view those photos without swooning, I want to know!

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  14. Gorgeous pics! Makes me want to book a flight just so I can so shopping!

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  15. wow what an incredible market! i can't wait to visit Italy!

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  16. I want it all! Well, I can leave the meat. But I want all the cheese.

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  17. I can't imagine what it would be like to experience such a wonderful place. Truly a foodie dream come true. I love all the pictures and how you shared the market andmade it come to life for all of us!

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  19. Oh, gosh, I'm stowing away in your suitcase next summer! I want the cheeses, pasta and sardines....mmmmmmm. Welcome home, my friend. xo

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  20. So many different personalities at the market! So many different foods! Fun & funny post ;)

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