Italy2Mercato Italiano (Italian Market)
Proprietor – Ilaria Padouani
West Street, South Side
Bridport DT6 3QN
Saturday and Wednesday markets
Last Friday of the month: Langport Market
Open: 8 – mid-afternoon

A slice of Italy comes to Bridport. Ilaria Padouani, dark-haired and flamboyant, has been selling Italian cheeses, salamis, pancetta, olive oil and other products on her stall since the autumn of 2013. Originally from Verona, she took a degree course in the science of gastronomy at the University of Parma, Italy3worked for Italian food and wine companies and came to Britain in 2010. She imports cheese and meat directly from Italy, supplying local restaurants and offering her customers a range of hard-to-find specialities, such as Ubriaco, ‘drunken cheese’, which is soaked in wine. She has well-aged Pecorino and Parmesan and a generous nature. If the price is a few pence over the round number, you’ll normally be let off.