A few steps from Piazza Maggiore, between old osterie and vintage boutiques, you find Mercato di Mezzo indoor market.
Created by Oscar Farinetti, owner of Eataly and FICO, with the idea to select the best local producers around Bologna. Did he reach the aim?
What is Mercato di Mezzo?
Mercato di Mezzo (the Middle Market) is an indoor food market inside Quadrilatero area in Bologna.
With this name, you can both refer to the whole middle age food market (also called Quadrilatero), or the renovated food hall set inside that area.
In this post I focus on the second one.
Read a full post about Quadrilatero and the best food markets in Bologna.
What to buy at Mercato di Mezzo
Mercato di Mezzo is a high 19th' century building, similar to Mercato delle Erbe in Bologna or other food markets around Italy of the same period.
On the ground floor you 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
Mercato di Mezzo is the right place if you're looking for street food in Bologna.
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 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 original salads. Hidden in the basement it's less crowded than others.
Why visit Mercato di Mezzo
Whether you like or not the renovation, Mercato di Mezzo is an authentic old market with a new life.
During our food tour in Bologna, we pass and stop in it because some local producers offer hidden food hard to find elsewhere.
So if you know where to look, it's worth it.
Why not visit Mercato di Mezzo
If Italy is the land of small villages and artisans shops, it would seem strange to meet producers like in a fair.
Mercato di Mezzo is a different concept than other food markets you see in Bologna or around Italy.
More commercial, less human.
Via Clavature, 12, 40124 Bologna BO
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