Created by Oscar Farinetti, the same of Eataly and FICO, with the idea to select the best local producers around Bologna. Did he reach the aim?
What to buy at Mercato di Mezzo
At the ground floor you can find the botteghe: small stalls where you can shop or stop to eat at the counter or in the few tables in the main hall.
Start your tour from Via Clavature. On your left you can find Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia Romagna wineshop, with 60 different labels including organic wines.
Just after it, Forno Calzolari sells one of the best bread in Bologna. I'm used to buying their wholemeal bread or the most typical crescenta with ham.
The last stall on Via Pescherie Vecchie is called Romanzo. The meat arrives from Macelleria Zivieri, an awarded butcher that breeds porks and cows on the hills of Bologna. It's the place to buy good mortadella as a food souvenir.
Where to eat and drink at Mercato di Mezzo
For a fast snack try the takeaway cones of fried fish at Pescheria Pavaglione.
On the first floor, which can be accessed by a panoramic lift, you find a pizzeria by Rosso Pomodoro. A clock shows the hours of resting of their dough. It's a good pizza, maybe for a quick lunch, but still far to end up in the list of my best pizza in Bologna.
The basement is dedicated to the craft brewery Baladin, the microbrewery opened by the cult brewer Teo Musso.
It's the place to get good hamburgers and well made salads. Hidden in the basement is less crowded than others.
Why visit Mercato di Mezzo
It's in a strategic position and most of the producers inside are local and offer great quality.
Why not visit Mercato di Mezzo
Mercato di Mezzo is a different concept than other food markets you see in Bologna or around Italy.
More commercial, less human.
The market is open every day, including Sundays, from 8 to 24.
Everybody knows everything about mortadella.
It’s called 'Bologna' or 'Boloni' all around the world except in Bologna. It’s delicious and it represents our city.
But our gastronomic tradition of charcuterie is a lot wider than that.
My dearest friend Giuseppe is celiac.
It's a growing disease, but most of the times if you ask the waiter about gluten free dishes you get a green salad or boiled rice.
Fortunately in Bologna there are some good places to eat great gluten free.
Mario Ferrara's restaurant in Via Broccaindosso is not only one of my best fish restaurants in Bologna.
From late spring to fall, on some lucky nights, it becomes something special.
What a beautiful market and a convenient place to try all the best of the region. I'm pinning this to add to my itinerary for when I finally visit Bologna! I can't wait!
Hi Jenna, glad you appreciate my post!
I still haven't write about it but also Mercato delle Erbe is so typical. And if you will be in Bologna on Saturday don't miss Slow Food Mercato della Terra, my absolute favourite: http://www.tastebologna.net/bl...
Hi Andrea. Thanks for this post! We love visiting markets and market neighborhoods. How many times have you been back to the Mercato di Mezzo? Unfortunately we will be in Bologna mid-week, so will miss Mercato della Terra.
I went back a few times, it worth a visit because the building is amazing. About the food I confirm not to miss calzoni and patisserie of La Centrale del Gusto, the bread of Calzolari bakery and tap beer of Baladin, skip the rest. If you like markets go to Mercato delle Erbe, it's a place where bolognese people go shopping