Philly Foodstuffs: The Italian Market

by Gina Martin on August 14, 2012

in Food Adventures

Fresh sausages at Phildelphia's Italian MarketPhilly’s food scene has been getting some high wattage attention lately, from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Saveur, among others. Philadelphia has always had a history of great cuisine, and is justifiably proud of its food traditions. The Italian Market, billed as the oldest outdoor market still operating in America, is the grandaddy of the best of them.

Philadelphia’s Food Scene – New Energy, Solid Heritage

Currently the city is benefitting from the energy and experimental approaches of a crop of new young chefs, while retaining the best of Philly’s food origins. This is very apparent in the Italian Market area. Taffets Gluten Free Bakery has taken gluten-free bread baking to new levels of sophistication and deliciousness, and Paesano’s current generation of owners offers updated classic sandwiches (available on regular rolls or gluten-free Taffets baguettes).

While it’s still called the Italian Market, there’s a strong Asian, Mexican, and South American presence, with specialties available for every palate. You’ll find tiny markets, restaurants, and shops cheek by jowl all along Ninth Street, between Wharton and Fitzwater. Everything we saw was fresh, and the prices were very reasonable. Bring a cooler, and stock up!

Philadelphia Italian Market fruits and veggies

Go See It!

Philadelphia’s Italian Market
Ninth Street between Wharton & Fitzwater streets
Public parking lot at Carpenter, between 9th & 10th streets, $5 for the day 7am-7pm. Street parking is pretty tough to find.

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| lives in Coxsackie NY with her husband, their two children, and an assortment of Rottweilers and cats. Gina has been a homeschooling parent since 2003, and is also proud parent of a Tech Valley High School student. Gina is the creator of ModSchooler, her blog about 21st -century learning and fun, and is a contributor to From Scratch Club writing on food and food policy. As lifelong learners, Gina and her tween and teen kids like to go off the beaten path to explore quirky travel destinations, unusual cuisine, and all things geeky. Email: GinaMartin@AlbanyKid.com, twitter: @GinaMartinBlogs

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