After 6 years, a month ago has reopened Mercato di Mezzo in the heart of the food district of Bologna.
What is that? Well, basically just a market. The idea of the owners (Oscar Farinetti from Eataly and Coop) is to "return to Bolognesi the place where to shop in the city centre". The idea is: everything you need in a few area and from the best local sellers. Let's see if the aim is reached.
Baladin Beer Tap
The nineteenth-century building at the ground floor hosts the so called "botteghe", where you can shop or stop to eat or drink on the spot.
You shall start your tour from the sweetnesses of Centrale del Gusto: pastry, ice cream and coffee shop entrusted to Gino Fabbri, the president of Italian pastry chefs and owner of the best patisserie of the region.
This is with any doubt my favourite shop of the whole market. Gino Fabbri is a quality assurance and if this place has not the elegance and the simple perfection of his "La Caramella" is still nice to make breakfast with his pastry or try his perfect calzone.
Forno Calzolari is another known name in town, probably the most famous bakery of Bologna with Panificio Atti. I'm used to buying their bread (wholemeal, spelt, with ancient grains etc.) at Mercato della Terra on Saturday so it's nice to have fresh all days of the week from now on.
Salatini by Centrale del Gusto
Zivieri butcher shop
Then you can find Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia Romagna wineshop, with 60 different labels including organic wines, and the meat from Macelleria Zivieri butcher (another awarded and well known shop).
Don't miss the takeaway cones of fried fish by Pescheria Pavaglione, I haven't tried it yet but I've heard some good things about that.
On the first floor, which can be accessed by a panoramic lift, you find Eataly Pizzeria curated by Alberto Bettini (Amerigo restaurant) and Gianluca Esposito (Eataly Rome): 10 types of pizzas made with yeast base and Mulino Marino flour, cooked in a wood oven. Six classic pizzas and six "Emilia", so made with local ingredients.
Baladin beer pub
The 80 square meters of the basement are dedicated to the craft brewery Baladin, the micro brewery opened years ago by the cult brewer Teo Musso. This will be another milestone of the market although, if you like craft beer and want to find different producers and styles, you should try Green River Pub in Via Petroni.
We visited the market on Saturday and it was reeeeally crowdy so we just had the chance to buy fresh bread at Forno Calzolari and take these pictures. We'll surely come back to check whether it will be the new foodies heaven in town or just a marketing trap. Since then the judgment is postponed.
The market is open every day, including Sundays, from 8 to 24.
Gino Fabbri, the man behind Centrale del Gusto
Pastry selection at Centrale del Gusto
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