News & Events

Prepare your taste buds for what’s in store with updates about our newest and tastiest happenings. From new product rollouts to monthly festivals to celebrity chefs in our Cooking School, here’s where you’ll find the latest and greatest information about Central Market.

Eat, Love, Ciao Passport Italy


The last two weeks have been packed full of Italian taste treats as far as the eye can see. As we say ciao to this year's Passport Italy, there is no reason to be sad, because so many of our and your favorite goodies are going to stay stocked on our shelves for months to come.

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Italia in a Flash: Salumi


There are lot of different ways to say delicious in Italian, like delizioso or squisito. But for me the clear translation of delicious is salumi, salame, and salsiccia all words generally referring to seasoned meats that are then cured or smoked. We refer to our great variety of salami and Italian style dry cured sausage as salumi.

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Italia in a Flash: Riso and Risotto


Riso is rice in Italian and risotto is a famous Italian cooked rice dish. Risotto probably originated in Milan, drawing on the rice grown in the fertile Po River Valley since the Arabs introduced rice to the country in the Middle Ages.

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Italia in a Flash: Prosciutto


Prosciutto basically translates to ham in English; there are two major types produced in Italy, prosciutto crudo and prosciutto cotto.

Prosciutto crudo is a raw cured ham typically made with only pork, salt, sometimes a few herbs, and time. This is what we typically refer to as prosciutto in the U.S.

Prosciutto cotto is any cooked ham, which can be plain or flavored with herbs, truffles, or other flavors. We have lots to choose from in our deli.

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Italia in a Flash: Pasta


Chances are when you think of Italian cuisine, you think of pasta, right? Right. Spaghetti, fettucine, linguine, even farfelle, and orecchiette may all be part of your pasta vocabulary. But we've got some tips to help increase your pastas knowledge or get you started on the path to perfect pasta.

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Italia in a Flash: Olives


More than a martini garnish or a pizza topping, olives have been cultivated for the last 5,000 or more years and are deserving of the lore that follows this precious fruit. And during Passport Italy they are getting their turn in the spot light.

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Italia in a Flash: Parmigiano Reggiano


Known as the King of Cheeses, there is only one Parmigiano Reggiano, which can only be produced in five regions in North Central Italy. Parmigiano Reggiano is a DOP (Denominazione Origine Protetta) cheese, which means a specially protected artisan product. And wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano shipped directly from Italy are one of the highlights of Passaporto Italia!

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Italy by Land, Italy by Air


For the next two weeks we are bringing the real flavors of Italy to each of our nine stores, but we are also bring you zippy Fiats, scooting scooters, and international air travel.  Our only question is, do you feel lucky?

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Don't Miss Our Pancetta Piccante During Passaporto Italia!


Passaporto Italia has started with a bang, and we're excited to pique your curiosity about all the fun, fabulous, foodie-forward Italian, or Italian-inspired, delicacies around every corner in our stores. One of those delicacies is our new Pancetta Piccante. Will Whitlow, our Deli/Cheese buyer says this is one you simply cannot miss.

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Italia in a Flash: Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Italy is one of the largest producers of olive oil in the world, second only to Spain. And when trying to decide on one, we know it may seem like we have every bottle from both country on our shelves. In hopes of helping to demystify this category with so many choices, below is a quick primer on this liquid gold we love so much.

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