The markets in Rome are diverse, from the inner city Alimentari or supermarket to the small individual bottegas that sell specific items, maccelleria (meats), enoteca (wine), salumeria (deli), and pasticceria (pastries) to name a few.
There is a place where many of these items can be found together, the outdoor market. The most famous of these is the market at the Campo de' Fiori (field of flowers) between the Tiber and the Pantheon. Paradoxically, the condemned were executed here during the Renaissance but now it is a bustling open air market from early morning until about 2:00.
April is asparagus season. At the American Academy it is often on the menu, where the food is prepared by the Rome Sustainable Food Project and is always seasonal. When we were in Panicale(Umbria),we were told that the wild asparagus is delicious but difficult to find.
It is impossible for us to walk through this market and not want to buy everything to take back to our kitchen. The fruits are colorful and look so fresh. The strawberries are delicious!
An herb and spice vendor.