At first look, you might think what is the big deal with this market. Right away you see venders selling produce that most you can find in your local grocer, probably cheaper along with a couple of hard-to-find items. But if you are disappointed at first glance and walk away, you will have seriously missed out. Seriously.
9th Street and Washington Ave., Italian Market, South Philly, PA
Monte Enebro, a Californian goat cheese from Humboldt Fog, a roquefort made from goat cheese mysteriously labeled miscellaneous and Claudio's own sharp provolone and pancetta. Not a bad haul.
I am planning on pairing these cheeses with a crisp Sauterne, pears, toasted walnuts and a good quality bread or crackers. A nice end to a hot summer day.
If you are not interested in cheese and imported meat shops, take a gander in these shops. I believe there is something for everyone.
My dogs are tired (that is my feet) and it is really hot so it is time to go. There really is so much more to see, but we will have to do that on another day. If you happen to be too tired to carry your goods back to your car or need a shopping bag then there is a "street entrepreneur" that is ready to help you out! Now if I could just find who runs this cart.
A few links of other places that deserve being mentioned for that true Philly experience:
For Philly cheesesteaks:
Pat's King of Steaks
An awesome kitchen shop: