where to shop in…central Italy

 Prato

The Formaggeria Il Pepolino , at Piazza San Marco 43 is a young gem in the centro storico of Prato, Tuscany. It set foot on earth in 2014 and offers a carefully selected variety of mostly tuscan cheeses. Make sure to plan in a little time when on the way to Florence – service and cheeses on offer are more than worth a stop. Open Mon-Sun 9:30am-1:30pm and 3:30pm-8pm [googlemaps]

Florence

The Casa del Parmigiano, run by the passionate cheese monger Franco Parola not only has a cheese store in beautiful Saluzzo, CN where Gustav and I shop when in the area, but also at the Mercato Centrale in Florence. [googlemaps] If you are lucky he will have the Marzolino di Lucardo, a pecorino made using vegetable rennet which has its origin in the 17th century and was put back into life with the help of ARSIA Tuscany, an organization for regional development and innovation of agricultural produce, in 2005.

Rome

Beppe e i suoi formaggi(Beppe and his cheeses) –  the name is a given and the owner lives for it. If you are overwhelmed by the range on offer ask for a tasting plate and make sure not to miss out on the wine pairing.
If you are already on your way out of town or just have a train layover, don´t miss the opportunity to stop for a snack at his location on the Mercato Centrale right next to the train station. His main store you can find in the Jewish Quarter on Via di S. Maria del Pianto, 9A/11[googlemaps]