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Aug 13, 2006 11:54 PM

food shopping/markets in Milan?

I'll be finishing up a trip to Italy with a Wednesday afternoon in Milan. This will be my major opportunity to get gifts to bring back home to friends and family - and I'm thinking food. I'll be staying in the Magenta district near the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, but will wander anywhere.

Can anyone recommend any particularly wonderful markets or shops for food? Things like little jars of mostarda or hard cheeses. Or if anyone has any other recommendations for treats (especially with shops to get them at), I'd welcome the information!

Grazie mille tutto!

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  1. In Milan, Peck is THE food store, with several branches, one near via Bagutta. Check with your airline to see if you can bring back stuff (due to the latest crisis).

    1. Peck is certainly the most amazing food shopping you'll ever do. Via Spadari. They have a website at

      Here is an article about Milan shopping, including food.

      There is also some surprisingly decent stuff at the airport, although it's past security so subject to new carry-on rules.

      I second the idea of checking, both with the USDA and your airline, about what you can bring back.

      Have a great trip and please post a report when you get back!

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      1. re: GretchenS

        Thanks mnosyne and GretchenS!

        I will definitely check out Peck and report back when I return. I've done a fair amount of research on what I can bring back, but you're right, I'll have to review it all again since last week, huh?

        That article sure made me wish I had more than an afternoon in Milan...

      2. Be warned ks in la, Peck is *humorously* expensive. I just got back from Milan and made the pilgrimage: spent about 100 dollars on a not-very-extensive picnic for one. I'm indulgent, and don't scare easily - but I was taken aback. None of it was quite as fabulous as I had hoped, either :-/

        Having said that, it's a trip. You walk around different counters/sections and choose what you like. They give you a ticket for each selection. Then you line up to pay, and walk back around to collect your food. It's incredibly inefficient, but kind of charming.

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        1. re: spigot

          If only the dollar weren't in such a pathetic state, eh? I guess I'll see how poor I'm feeling at the end of this trip to determine who's getting what. I'm looking forward to checking it all out - thanks for the logistical tips as well, spigot!

        2. Thanks everyone for the advice on Peck!

          It really is a lovely store and I was able to purchase and bring back some nice stuff (olive oil and two different kinds of mostartda) for friends. The set up is weird, but obviously the guys working behind the counter are used to baffled tourists. I was also pleased by how nicely they packed everything up - thankfully the olive oil didn't leak or break in my checked baggage.

          Of course, the biggest related food drag was trying madly to spend my last few euro in the duty free store at the Milan airport the next day. I figured I could buy two chocolate bars and a jar of olive paste (from Peck!) and use up almost every cent. Then the woman at check out dashed my hopes by saying the paste was forbidden since I was going to the states. Aargh.