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Tale of a Black Truffle

Fresh truffles are usually available only to chefs, ┬ábut I can get them just by walking two blocks to my local farmer’s market. Every Saturday at Fidel Gamboa’s stand, fresh truffles–black or white or both, depending on the season–are displayed in a case like the edible jewels they are. These truffles, from Alba in Italy’s [...]

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Fri, February 21 2014 » Eggs and Cheese, Pasta, Piemonte, Tampa Bay, travel, Uncategorized » 4 Comments

Tampa Bay: Shopping for Italian Ingredients

I still miss my fish market on Arthur Avenue and my neighborhood grocery’s fresh mozzarella but I was relieved to find, on moving to Florida, that New York doesn’t have a lock on Italian ingredients. Mazzaro’s, a large store in St. Petersburg with a carnival-like ambience, quickly became my go-to place for the basics. Here [...]

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Tue, October 18 2011 » Italian delis, Tampa Bay » No Comments