Oh how I LOVE Italian supermarkets! Most of them (not all mind you), have the most fantastic produce, delis, and butchers.
Supermarket shopping when I travel is something I love to do. It gives a real insight into the sorts of foods people eat, what is cheap, what is expensive, and what is readily available. For example, when we shopped for our stay at our Umbrian Palace, Laguscello (near Orvieto), two-minute noodles where nowhere to be found. And I think this is a good thing.
The variety of tomatoes available in the supermarket is enough to make me want to live here, and the price of them is enough to get Walter excited about being here! I’ve seen tomatoes from Euro 0.99 cents per kilo and the most expensive I’ve seen have been Euro 2.60 per kilo.
A 1.5 litre bottle of natural mineral water at Eurospar, one of the bigger supermarkets in the area costs Euro 0.15. That’s about A$0.18!! 18 cents! We pay ten times that in Australian supermarkets! We are getting totally ripped off!
Proscuito crudo (parma ham) cost Euro 7.00 per kilo. In Australia, we pay a minimum of A$40.00 per kilo for the locally produced proscuito. Imported proscuito costs A$65 per kilo and more. It’s hard to believe. And people think Europe is expensive….
Two cappuccini and a plain croissant cost Euro 2.60 or A$3.12. And to think in Australia we pay more than that just for one cappuccino!
Eating out is also so much cheaper than Perth. Last night for example, Zorba and I had an amazing three-course meal with house red wine for Euro 50, or A$60. In Perth, it would have cost twice that without a doubt.
It may be expensive to travel to Italy, but once you are here, it’s cheap.
The only thing that isn’t cheap is firewood. Two sacks of firewood cost Euro 25! That is heaps! Still, to be able to make our own pizza dough and cook them in our own wood-fired oven is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait til we do that tomorrow night!