The traditional markets that we used to love – Campo de Fiori and Testaccio – have sadly become touristy (the former) or in a new modern building (the latter) and you’re more likely to purchase a T Shirt than a tuber. The “actual food for eating” market is in a new-ish building behind the Vatican – Mercato Trionfale is the largest market in Rome.
Off we went, past Ben’s place.
On the way we passed a strange site – an artificial ice rink beneath the walls Castel Sant’Angelo. As you will note from the stances, skating is not a genetically intuitive Roman skill but they were having a wonderful time!
The Mercato Trianfole is antiseptically functional. Steel and tile – no romance or tradition. But the food was wonderful
We love Italian bread, French bread – hell, all bread – but when the Italians start putting things on bread they turn food into art. You know you just have to toss a few slices of great ham, a little cheese and fire these masterpieces under the broiler
Liz and Dickie have this romance with artichokes. Here are some photos and a video of a vendor cleaning them. He was most cooperative – cleaning an artichoke in less than 10 seconds. He even did it with his eyes closed!
We’re not big fans of European beef – a triumph of toughness over flavour (for us) but it is flavourful. Note the intensity of the marbling, the depth and yellowness of the fat and the price ($15/pound for the Chianina)…..Bruno’s level
A quick look at the cheese merchant. Quick because we’re leaving the next day on Ryanair and weight is a big issue. We were particularly tempted by a Gorgonzola so ripe that i had to be served with a spoon
We closed in the Fish section, Note the whole swordfish – what happens to the Sword? We still don’t know how to handle large squid. Would have bought the scallops with roe if we weren’t leaving and the poor little angler fish who not only lose their lives, but their skins
Now home to pack and confront the terrors of Ryanair…..which as we write this after the fact turns out to be a surprisingly pleasant, low stress experience.