In 2014, Mercato Centrale opened in the heart of Florence and it was a huge success. Thanks to the same team, Rome now has a Mercato Centrale of its own inside Termini Station. Although this market does not exactly convey the traditional Italian market experience, it does bring together some of the region’s best food producers. That is why we chose to explore the new Mercato Central Roma for Enjoy Rome’s first Mercato Monday.
Where: Termini Station – accessible from Via Golitti, 36
When: 7:oo – 00:00 daily
Termini station is Rome’s main hub for public transportation as well as trains outside of the city. The building itself was inaugurated in 1950 and takes its name from the nearby Baths of Diocletian (thermae in latin). The newest addtion to Termini (Mercato Centrale Roma) officially opened on October 5th – transforming the station into a new cultural and culinary centre.
The first floor of the market houses 15 vendors offering some of Italy’s culinary classics as well as some modern twists. Don’t let the food court-style seating fool you, each vendor prides themselves on the quality and authenticity of their food. There is an abundance of choices to satisfy any craving, but here are some of our highlights:
Baker Gabriele Bonci has brought his famous pizza al taglio (Roman pizza by the slice), foccacia, and cakes to the market.
For an authentic selection of meats and charchuterie, Mercato Centrale has recruited renowed butcher Roberto Liberati.
Beppe e i Suoi Formaggi – one of Rome’s best wine and cheese bars – can also be found in the market and offers an impressive selection of cheeses from Piemonte and Sardinia.
It is hard not to notice the enourmous marble chimney at the centre of the market. Composed of Portuguese marble, this chimney was designed by Angiolo Mazzoni in the 1930s and acts as a focal point for the market.
On the second floor you will find additional dining space, a pantry-like grocer, as well as a small coffeeshop. However, the gem of the second floor is Michelin star chef Oliver Glowig‘s restaurant.
The third floor houses space for cultural events and seminars – both private and public.
There is no denying the chaos and somewhat daunting nature of Termini Station, but the new Mercato Centrale is changing that by providing a welcoming environment for both tourists and locals alike.