This market, located near Termini Station, is one of the oldest and largest in Rome. It’s huge. To be honest I was a little overwhelmed. So many vendors to choose from.
I work in the mornings so trying to get here during the week isn’t going to happen and the best time to hit any market is first thing in the a.m. I went on Saturday. Market opens at 8:00 a.m.
This is the place for ethnic foods, like plantains, yams, cassava, ginger etc. There are several fish vendors and all were packed at 8:15.
Price-wise it’s definitely cheaper than Campo de’ Fiori. Unfortunately it’s a hike for me so this market will have to be an once a month kind of thing.
I love that at the markets I have been to so far, Campo de’ Fiori, Testaccio, Vittorio and the little one in my neighborhood (every other Sunday) I can buy super fresh vegetables and fruit. Saturday I bought one ear of corn (only one because I live by myself and fresh corn cannot sit) from Sicily and it was the sweetest, kick-ass delicious corn I've had in a long time. I've already spoken about the tomatoes (most of the ones I've bought are also from Sicily) and now I can never go back to eating those bland supermarket tomatoes I used to eat in the States. They look nice, no blemishes but I don’t miss them.
Remember when there were all those problems with Chinese imports? Around that time I read an article stating over 50 percent of garlic sold in the States is from China. That is crazy far for something “fresh” to travel.
I much as I crack up every time Ina Gartner (The Barefoot Contessa chef) says “use very good olive oil” (really no, I shouldn’t use mediocre?) she’s right. The simplest dishes here taste so good because of the quality of the ingredients.
Not sure what these are but they were very popular.
Lots of fish. I wonder if this is a good place to get baby clams for linguine with clams? Would I have to keep them on ice until I got back to my apartment? There are a bunch a fish mongers near me. I will comparison shop but fish is something I don't like to mess with. I'd rather pay more for a place with good fish.