Specialty/gourmet markets in Buenos Aires
I'm staying in Buenos Aires for a week or so and plan on doing quite a bit of cooking while I'm here. I need to know the best places to stock my pantry. In particular, I would like to find:
* An Italian specialty market, where I can find fresh ricotta/mozzarella and various salumi
* A superb butcher
* A market specializing in beautiful produce (more challenging in the middle of winter)
While I'm in this most European of Latin American cities, I'm trying to shop European style (i.e., trying to steer clear of supermarkets). Thanks!
Italian specialty market - Celentano - 1400 block of Ayacucho, or the Valenti stores in various spots, one in Patio Bullrich mall, one out in Belgrano market. Butchers - all over the place - for really good quality there are a couple along Rodriguez Pena between Las Heras and Vicente Lopez, along the side of the Norte supermarket (not connected with it) - a little pricey, but really good. Truly, though, for meat and vegetables, your best bets are the two major "farmer's markets" - the Belgrano market out on Juramento at Ciudad de la Paz and the Mercado del Progreso out at the Primera Junta station - end of the A line subway - they're both a ways out, but worth the trips, especially the latter - they're both open in the mornings until 1 p.m. and then again in the evenings after work, from 5-8p.m.