I like to walk through pasar "market " whenever I visit a country, a best place to get the fresh local ingredients. Mercato Centrale is a old market since 1874..
Ya, almost forgot, the hotel Florence Old Bridge where we stayed at Firenze also has nice panorama view of Firenze city at the breakfast area..
But the breakfast area is not located at the hotel but we have to walk to opposite hotel La Scaletta (i guess they are under the same management " to have the breakfast and panorama view..
This is Florence Old Bridge hotel where we stayed, actually is a apartment but not hotel building..Anyway, the hotel rate is good, and it is also close to all attractions and train station..
After check out from the hotel, we stop by Mercato Centrale market before proceed to train station..
Before I reached to market, I spot this rosemary plants, and realized that they have very nice purple flowers..i must plant rosemary again...
Inside the market, and realized that their market is so clean and neat arrangement..
ready cooked pasta for busy mommy..
I bought some dried porcini mushroom
"No self Service please ", LOL..
Anyway, this shop owner keep giving me to try the above samples, ^_^
The shop owner (from left) said he has been to Malaysia before, so he gave me discounted price for my purchase, hehehe..So next time if you visit this store, remember to quote that you come from Malaysia..
I realized that white truffle has better quality than black truffle. I managed to buy a small ball of white truffle and cost me about RM 200, very expensive..
dried and pickled
It is cheap to buy pasta here than Roma
I also bought two packets of these dried herbs where I can top on pizza..
I also bought some Italian salt that flavoured with truffle, have yet to use it, my idea to use it to roast pork, sound good ?
I also bought some Salame
I learnt that this stall selling nice bun with cow's stomach, called Panini Lampredotto 牛肚包 !
The long hours braised cow's stomach top with a green salsa and another hot pepper and sandwich with buns..I found a recipe here, not sure i am able to try out one day..
I don't know how to speak cow's stomach in Italian (they also selling meat bun), so I just pointed to my stomach, LOL..
I just bought one to try, but my husband and I have to fight for this bun, because it was very yummy..There was no strong smell from the cow's stomach, it was quite similar like our pepper Pig Stomach soup..
Outside the market, you can find vendors selling leather products, souvenir & etc
If you want to buy souvenir, come to this market, as I found here has cheaper price than anywhere else..
This is the market's building..
After visited this market, I took this Eurostar to go back to Roma / Rome, and leave this beautiful city Firenze / Florence. Make sure you to include Firenze if you visit Italy one day..