These are pictures from the local "supermarket" around the corner from our apartment. Notice the plastic glove to handle fruits and vegetables. Other than items written in Italian and a few different items offerred, not that much difference from American markets. Prices are good here, except for meat (e.g. $25 for a kilogram). The market itself is about the size of many convenience stores but is called a "supermarket". The quantity of items offerred is also limited. Except the wine department, which made up almost half the store.
Now here is the "big" market". Similar to Haymarket Square in Boston or North Market in Columbus Ohio. One can get just about anything here, such as pig, rabbitt, something that looks like brains, cow stomach, and all kinds of nuts. Even can get octopus.While the vendors seem to be quite acommodating, many of the older Italian women can get very demanding as to how they want the meat cut. All the meats can be expensive, such as beef being $25 per kilo, sausage was $5.90 per kilo, and we paid $6.40 for two chicken breasts. One does have to walk around comparing prices. Nothing is plastic wrapped.
And of course , one item that every shopping list should not be without. Of course I am not sure how one cooks this item, .....let alone eat it (ugh!!!!!). It did seem to be a popular item.