Mercato Centrale - Florence

Laura getting a taste from her favorite cheese guy

A vegetarian's paradise

For any hard core foodie, Italy is the place. Yea there's great art, great architecture...but the food! One of the real privileges of an extended residency in Florence is having a kitchen and being able to prepare meals with all the best ingredients in the world, and shopping at the Mercato Centrale, a massive two-story warehouse the size of a city block full of vendors --- fresh produce upstairs, cheeses, meats, homemade pastas downstairs. Why don't we have places like this in the states?

And we won't even mention the coffee.