Next stop, the fabulous Trionfale Market. Every time I'm in Rome I love to stop in here, not only to make purchases.....which I did, but just to soak up the local flavor. I mean that quite literally as I had samples of porchetta, olives, wine cookies and mozzarella cheese while shopping! Speaking of mozzarella cheese....the hubster will love these photos. I couldn't bring home these fascinatingly shaped cheeses, so he'll have to settle for the giant package of wine cookies I bought for him instead.
You know I'm all about the food and wine, so it seemed appropriate that after the food market, I should make my next stop one of Rome's best wine shops.
I'll take you inside in a moment. First, notice the young man's head in the bottom right side of the photograph? It appears that his head is resting on the sidewalk. How can that be?
It was delivery day. When that happens, they open the metal "storm doors" in the sidewalk. Installed underground is a slide. One young man climbs down into the hole and places boxes of wine at the top of the slide. Inside the store, in the lower level, another young man is receiving the cases at the bottom of the slide. Genius!
Now, let's go inside! It's beautiful, isn't it? The photo on the left is all liquors, grappas, etc. The photo on the right is just one of the many aisles downstairs filled with wines from every region of Italy!
Unfortunately, my lunch photos didn't come out very well....though the lunch itself was delicious. Instead, I bring you post-lunch photos. The best way to finish lunch is with a great macchiato or espresso. Today, I discovered a great new coffee place in my old neighborhood. Oh my goodness, it was exactly what the doctor ordered.