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May 24, 2009 10:41 AM

global grocery gems

There is a reasonable amount of information about larger markets in cities around the world- but I'm interested in finding out about smaller gourmet independent/specialty grocers in a variety of regions, including in and around Rome and Florence/Tuscany.

I'd like to find places with amazing product, displays, service, innovation in technology or "eco-friendly" products and design and characters (owners/managers/staff).

I'm trying to assemble research on the world's grocery gems- stores and markets that make people go "wow!".

I've googled and found a couple of top ten lists, but they seem to focus on larger scale markets and stores.

Thank you!

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  1. Love the question, and look forward to the answers. One of the first things I do when I arrive in a new place is seek out those small markets/ groceries. Will be in Firenze this summer, so will scout for you...and for myself, of course...