For the past four years, Central Market stores have created a lively and tasty two-week celebration of the culture, chefs, food, and drink of one country. This year, they celebrate all things Italian, April 30 – May13, by showcasing traditional foods and ingredients from regions like Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Campania, Sicily, and all the places in between.
Tasting real Italy begins with stocking your pantry with amazing Italian essentials. New brands of olive oil (click here for an expert’s favorites), balsamic vinegars, pastas, and pasta sauces are hitting the shelves along with capers, pâtés, honey, and preserves. Explore traditional Italian condiments such as mostarda, made from fruit and mustard, and great with bread and creamy Gorgonzola. They also have spectacular Italian canned tomatoes that take an everyday staple to a new level.
Think of the Chef-Prepared Department as your neighborhood trattoria. Take home veal Milanese porchetta or new risotto kits with flavors as unique as saffron with veal marrow. Taste the way Italians grill, sauté, or roast fish simply with minimal seasonings. Dig in to the wonderful world of Italian cured meats with salumi, nduja, mortadella and prosciutto from highly respected crafters.
Then, stop by the gelato bar where we will be featuring scoops of classic Italian flavors, then sip your espresso the way the Romans do: with a sweet toasted biscotti or cannoli available in the Bakery.
Do make sure you make time to mingle with the visiting chefs, winemakers, and cheesemakers, attend bambino-friendly events, watch live cooking demos, and more! Buon Appetito!