When your in the mood for some "Old World" food and atmosphere you must visit Mazzaro's Italian Market.
I took my twice a year ride to the most wonderful "Italian Food Market" this side of Italy!
(I've lived around the World and can say this)
It's about 45 minutes away from me and somewhere in my heart I'm so glad it's not close.
I'd be there every day to buy the most wonderful food!
When you first drive into the parking lot this guy (statue above), greets you.
Then when you find your parking spot, you walk on by more statues.
"Old World" meets modern day, right across the street. This market was here before the homes were built back in the 70's.
But first the sign on the wall lets you know
"It's ok to park here".
As you first walk in the front door of the market your again greeted by Old World statues that bless you on your journey.
Then the endless counters of food begins.
Although I'm not a meat eater, I have to admit, the quality of the meat looks great.
Then you come to the "Cheese and Wine" room. The aroma is outstanding! They also are happy to let you taste.
Olives, my favorite food on the planet.
The counter of ready made foods is eye candy to say the least.
At 9am on the dot the customers got in line to take numbers, to purchase the many styles of hand made pasta, bread and sweets.
My one purchase, a loaf of the most wonderful
Must have lost 4 pounds by not buying anything.
( Then I ate most of my bread in the car on the way home)
I wish I could put a scratch and sniff up, for you all to smell the bread, as the aroma came out of the kitchen!
The coffee bar had it's regular Saturday patrons.
Next time your in the Tampa Bay area, take a drive to
St. Petersburg and visit this wonderful Old World Market. You can sit at the counter, go to the outdoor seating for lunch, or just bring a grocery bag home filled with wonderful delights.
(no, this is not a paid endorsement , I just love the place)
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