The Porta Palazzo Market is one of the largest and oldest in Europe. It was decreed to be the only produce market in Turin in 1835. The open air section covers the large Piazza della Repubblica just outside the historic center of the city. Around it are enclosed buildings for butchers, bakers etc. Linda and I went in the morning of October 6, 2011, starting our visit to the city. Read the rest of this entry »


Il Campo de’ Fiori, Rome

January 13, 2009

When we used to go to Rome regularly, about twenty years ago, we would always spend time at the Campo de’ Fiori, the main market in central Rome. It had everything one could want: fabulous history, beautiful produce, friendly ambiance. It was the essence of picturesque without being kitsch. So naturally we were eager to go back this trip even though it was the middle of winter and we had heard about its decline etc. The morning of January 13, 2009 was cloudy and cold, threatening rain, but we went anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Eataly, Torino

October 31, 2007

On October 24, 2007, The New York Times reported that Eataly would soon be opening at 18 West 48th Street in New York. So on October 31, Linda and I went to check out the original, which claims to be the “world’s biggest food and wine market.” Read the rest of this entry »

Our favorite shopping street anywhere is the via Vittorio Emanuele II which cuts through the center of old Alba. Its history and charming relaxed ambience combined with outstanding merchandise, particularly in food and wine, are unique. Linda and I went back to it again on Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

On September 6, 2007 Linda and I went shopping in the market of Ventimiglia, across the border in Italy. This market has more and better vegetables and fish than what we find on the French side. It also illustrates Jean Cocteau’s quip that the French are Italians in a bad mood. Read the rest of this entry »