Tips for grocery shopping in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is a small Italian city in the Campania region overlooking the Bay of Naples. Sorrento is a popular tourist destination with scents of the sea, lemons, olives, and delicious food.

Good food is undoubtedly one of the main things famous in Italy, and the ingredients you find eating out are easy to find in grocery stores nationwide.

When you are on vacation, you are not even thinking of cooking. Still, after dining out for days with pizza and restaurant food, you may be urged to prepare something for yourself. Moreover, visiting an Italian grocery store can be a fun experience. It will enrich your Italian vacation experience by allowing you to view the local culture through the lens of different food shopping venues, even though you are not stocking a fridge in your housing.

Here is what you need to know about grocery shopping in Sorrento:

Supermarkets—Sorrento has eight leading supermarkets: Pollio, Conad, Cassal, Netto, Despair, Craig, Carrefour, and Dodeca. The supermarkets are not very big, but they are great places to find all the basics: good meat, veggies, fruits, and wine at very reasonable prices. My favorite is Pollio; I can find everything, from essentials to international food products.

Veggies counters at Pollio Supermarket Sorrento

Wines and Drinks at the Pollio Supermarket in Sorrento
Wines and Drinks at the Pollio Supermarket in Sorrento

Wine section in Pollio Supermarket Sorrento

Specialty shops—In Sorrento, many locals still shop at specialty shops. They buy their bread from the bakery Panetteria, meat from the butcher Macelleria, veggies and fruits from the greengrocer Fruttivendolo, and fish and seafood from the fish mongers Pescheria. The vendors in these stores are very friendly, will always suggest excellent fresh products, and may give you directions on preparing local food dishes.

Small tips: at the bakery store or Panetteria, aside from the many types of bread, you can find some other freshly baked products to satisfy your food cravings, such as small pizzas and local fried food specials, dry biscuits, oven-baked lasagna and pasta, and different variety of Italian street food.

Visiting specialty shops in Sorrento is a fun experience, and I will discuss the details in my next post.

Bakery Panettiere
Bakery Panettiere
Fishmonger in Sorrento GEROSA
Fishmonger in Sorrento GEROSA
Fruit and Vegetables Shop in Sorrento Fruttivendolo
Fruit and Vegetables Shop in Sorrento Fruttivendolo

Small Grocery store- Browsing around Sorrento, you will see plenty of small stores called “Alimentari” or “Salumeria.” Prices may vary depending on their location. They carry dairy, frozen and canned food, personal hygiene items, fresh food and veggies, dry food, and bread. While shopping, you can ask the vendor to prepare an on-the-spot, delicious Panini with prosciutto, mozzarella, and focaccia accompanied by cold beer, fresh sodas, or water.

Salumeria at Corso Italia In Sorrento
Salumeria at Corso Italia in Sorrento

Salumeria on Corso Italia In Sorrento

Delis- called Gastronomia, is where you’ll find excellent cuts of meat, high-end condiments, the best cheese, olives, wines, and good-brand pasta. In addition, most Gastronomia prepares hot dishes like grilled chicken, veggies and meat, parmigiana di melanzane, marinated food, and many others.

Gastronomia Via degli Aranci

Gastronomia in Sorrento

Pasticceria is an Italian Pastry Shop; visiting one will surely delight your senses. As with the food, every Italian region has pastry specialties with extensive sensational flavors. You may not have a sweet tooth, but browsing around Sorrento will lure you into entering a pasticceria. Every pasticceria hare has classics such as sfogliatella, cannoli, babà al rum, Cassata, crostata, tiramisu, zeppole and planty variety of small pastries. Usually, in Sorrento, the tradition is that family lunch will end with a tray of small pasticcini every Sunday. That’s why the pasticceria in the city are open on Sunday morning, with the counters full of threats.

Pasticceria in Sorrento

Gelateria- no words can describe the test of the Italian Gelato famous worldwide. The Italian Gelato isn’t just ice cream; the Gelato is much more than that. In Sorrento, many places sell Gelato; on hot summer days, a scoop of Gelato is a delight for your senses and soul. My favorite Gelateria here in Sorrento is Gelateria David.

Mercati—Sorrento and its surroundings have large markets on certain days of the week, offering farm produce, household goods, clothes, and shoes at exciting prices. The Sorrento market is open every Tuesday from early morning until 1 p.m. It takes place in the bus parking lot on Via San Renato.

Here are some useful phrases to know when buying groceries in Italy:

Bottle of water – Bottiglia di acqua

Coffee -Caffè

Sandwich- Panino

Prosciutto Baked or backed Ham-Prosciutto cotto

Prosciutto raw or Raw Ham- Prosciutto crudo

Milk- Latte

Salami- Salame

Cheese- Formaggio

Fruits-Frutta

Veggies- Verdura

Meat- Carne

Chicken- Pollo

Bread- Pane

Olives-Olive

Eggs-Uova

Sugar-Zucchero

Salt-Sale

Is this good?-E Buono?

Thanks- Grazie

Good Morning- Buongiorno

Have a nice day – Buona giornata

Good evening- Buonasera

Good Bye – Arrivederci or Ciao

Finally, always check the opening hours for the stores in Italy; during the hot summer days, most stores, except the chain’s supermarkets, remain closed for an afternoon break from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy your stay in Sorrento.

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