The MFC hits the Venetian Pride

26 Aug

Our first morning in Venice, we made the trek from our flat by the Campo della Salute north to the Pescaria and the Rialto Produce Market to stock the kitchen for our week in Venice.

With a plan in mind of meals for the next five days, we broke into groups and vowed to buy only local Italian items and meet back in 45 minutes.

We arrived at the market in late mornings. We made our initial stroll around the market, taking in the cornucopia of produce and seafood, the Pescaria stands were closing up and some of the vegetable stalls were already empty. However, everyone came away with two or three bags overflowing with fresh and delicious bounty: peaches, plums, zucchini, eggplant, mounds of greens, Greek basil, hot peppers, melons, thyme, rosemary, green beans, tomatoes, prosciutto, mozzarella, ginger, green onions, grapes, mussels, and shrimp.

What we learned, from the team:
-Know that a kilo is 2.2 lbs…that’s a lot of green beans!
-The seafood presentation was unique: an entire octopus and squid on display.
-The only prepared food was a bag of chopped vegetables for minestrone – which was delicious with shrimp!
-It was SO cheap. €1.75 for a wealth of prosciutto.
-Get up early. The seafood sells fast.
-The structures of the stalls are already set up for the farmer in an efficient and effective design.
-Carts are used to transport to and from the permanent stands. This would have been nice to have considering the amount of food we bought. None of us would want to be a delivery person in Venice seeing the people hiking up and down these bridges with boxes of food.

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