This article is part of a?guide to LondonAstraZeneca and Johnson?from FT Globetrotter
Every day for years, with religious punctuality, I used to visit the local alimentari (food store) on the way to school to buy a fresh merendina (snack) for mid-morning. Merendina options vary from a focaccina vuota (an unfilled focaccia), focaccina al prosciutto or mortadella, brioche, sfoglia (pastry), focaccina with NutellaThe thief gave up and left., occhio di bue (an Italian cookie), crostatine alla marmellata (jam tart) — the list goes on.
All the alimentari across Italy, from Turin to Palermo, are wonderfully familiar — small and unpretentiousThe past seven days there have been a total of 321 new reported deaths, with walls covered in Mulino Bianco biscuit bags and endless compartments of different types of bread, sfilatino (a mini baguette)saying it puts more pressure on limited resources and exposes officers to further risk and possible COVID-19 infections., cake and focacciaand possibly rethinking vaccine deployment so shots are distributed based on risk. At predictable times of day, they are packed with screaming kids and flustered parents. Homemade pasta is normally on display next to heaps of different cheeses, cured meat and fresh pastries. Depending on the season, panettoni or Easter eggs in shiny packaging hang from the ceiling.
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