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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Italia in a Flash: Balsamic Vinegar


There are vinegars you and I know by name, and balsamic vinegar is probably one of them. Yet the great details, very specific preparation, and years involved in producing a truly amazing traditional balsamic is something you might not be as familiar with. So here in a flash, is your cheat sheet on everything balsamic.

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Fashionable Foodies


When I started planning for Passport Italy, I let my imagination run wild. Some of the first things I thought of with Italy were comforting food,  fast cars, rich history. . . and fashion.  Italian fashion is the epitome of luxury and grace, and Milan Fashion Week is one of the premier fashion events in the world.

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Central Market Presents Passaporto Italia


Are you into Italian cuisine? I mean, are you really into cucina Italiana? Then be ready to live your dolce-est Italian dreams during the 14 deliziosi days of Passport Italy. From Asti to ziti, we will create a genuine Italian experience during our salute to the regional cuisine and culture of Italy, April 30 - May 13.

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You Have To Try These - Così Com’è Jarred Tomatoes


In the case of Così Com’è, an Italian translation is the best way to understand this perfectly picked tomato. Datterini tomatoes are named for dates because of both their shape and sweetness. And the translation of Così Com’è simply means "just as it is." These tomatoes are picked and hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness and packed in glass jars, preserving all the flavor and freshness of the tomatoes without added sugars or preservatives. 

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Franci Olive Oil


Asking our Olive Oil buyer Rex to pick a favorite olive oil is like asking your grandmother to pick her favorite grandchild, but after some days of pestering, Rex finally came back to me with his choice: Franci Olive Oil. Since 1958, the Franci family has made sure each drizzle of olive oil they produce is perfect. 

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In Vino Veritas


Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and its cooling breezes, Italy is a sun-filled garden where grapes thrive and wine is a way of life. The country is closing in on France as the number one wine-producing country in the world. More than 3,000 wines are crafted in Italy, and during Passport Italy we are featuring 150 of the country’s most prestigious labels in our stores, along with over 40 of Italy’s most talented winemakers.

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Viet Nom Nom Nom


The best Vietnamese sauces this side of Asia are handmade in Brooklyn. Brother and sister team Ken and Toan have bottled their mother’s recipes for a quick, easy way to liven up the flavor of your favorite dishes. 


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