Rome's central train station gets a new artisanal food market

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14:44 CEST+02:00
Railway station cuisine normally conjures up images of unappetizing fast food and overpriced but underwhelming sandwiches. But a new food market in Rome's central Termini station hopes to challenge the stereotype by providing a wide range of high quality, local food.

The 15 artisan food stalls in Rome's Central Market, which opened its doors for the first time on Thursday, sell traditional Italian food including pastries, meat, pizza, gelato and much more.

One store caters specifically to vegans and vegetarians, while others focus on regional specialities, but there are also a few stores run by Rome cult favourites. 

Gabriele Bonci, who runs the popular Pizzarium, sells pizza at the new marketplace, or for a more unusual snack you can opt for the pizza-sandwich hybrids made by Trapizzino, who also have a shop in foodie hub Testaccio.

There's even a wine bar and restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef (Oliver Glowig) on the first floor.

The three-storey market stretches over 1900 square metres, and has space for 500 people to eat. 

It was inspired by Florence's Central Market, which opened in 2014 and has been hugely successful, welcoming 3 million visitors already this year - more than the city's renowned Uffizi gallery.

Rome Central Market is open daily from 7am till midnight.

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