It has been 3 years since we lived in Italy, and our hoarded kitchen supplies from Milan are long gone. Last week’s Italian adventure was the perfect chance to change that, since we went by car. I was giddy with anticipation. Grocery shopping in Italy ranks high on my list of fun stuff to do.
Small items were purchased here and there along the way, but our last morning in Italy was when the shopping got serious. First it was the farmer’s market in the center of Padua for artichokes, clementines, tomatoes, exotic mushrooms, bell peppers, and other fresh veggies. (Yes, we have vegetables in Munich, but at twice the price and half the quality.)
After a farewell lunch we stopped by a grocery store, just to pick up ‘one or two things’ before we got on the road. An hour and a half later, we dragged ourselves out of the shops, loaded down with weeks worth of food. Five kinds of cheese (parmigiano, grana, pecorino, burrata, and smoked scamorza). White truffle oil. Dark chocolate Ciobar (thick Italian-cafe-style hot chocolate). Wine. Porcini bouillon cubes. Cynar. And on and on and on.
Along with the 25 or so liters of olive oil we had obtained in the south, this spree made for one packed car. I got home wondering where I would put it all. I shouldn’t have worried so much – it’s not lasting long.
One of these days I’m going to have to go check out the giant Italian grocery store outside of Munich that Em has been telling me about…