A great destination in St. Petersburg, Florida, is Mazzaro's Italian Market, our premier food market. Over the years, Mazzaro's has grown from one small building to a giant complex that requires traffic control on holidays. It's not just a fine market, it's somewhat of a tourist attraction. Let's go in!
The first stop is the wine and cheese room. Mazzaro's encourages sales through sampling — the cheese, not the wine!
Throughout the store, there are lots of interesting artifacts, usually referencing Italian heritage.
Here's a passageway between rooms. Do you get the feeling that there might be something special about the wine below these figures??
I'll bet you didn't know that in 1900, John Deere was manufacturing coffee grinders?
Mazzaro's has the best bread in town (my opinion). Also in this photo are pastries, gellato, and in the background, a coffee bar.
How's this for a selection of olives? You're encouraged to sample. If it's olive oil you're looking for, you can fill a bottle from a tap or choose from a huge selection of prebottled brands.
Here's a wall of pasta. Below, that deli counter seems like a mile long if you don't have a clear choice in mind!
On the way out, there's still something to look at ...