How to Shop Your Way Around Venice's Rialto Market
Winding canals, romantic gondolas, Piazza San Marco and its opulent basilica—these sights are what 20 million visitors come to Venice and enjoy every year. But what about the people who live in this wondrous city? What are their lives like? Where and how do they live? And where do they buy their groceries?
Skye McAlpine, who writes the popular blog From My Dining Table, had the great fortune of growing up in Venice. It’s where she celebrated her wedding, where her son took his first steps, where she learned to cook—and where she buys her porcinis, figs, and fennel. In her debut cookbook, A Table in Venice: Recipes From My Home, McAlpine reveals the Venice that most tourists never see, through the lens of its food. On McAlpine’s list of regular spots is the Rialto Market (aka Il Mercato). It’s a cluster of stalls nestled at the foot of the famous Rialto Bridge (the oldest one in Venice, whose construction began in 1588), and has stood in the same place for hundreds of years.
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