Come stroll with me through Modiano, the central market of Thessaloniki….you might want to pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, because even after hours of editing it was impossible for me not to share with you the vastness of this amazing market…People often refer to Modiano as a fish market or when you ask how to find it say things like: you can’t miss it for the smell of fish . Sure they sell fish in all its forms from fresh to salted to smoked to frozen, but this market is about so much more than just it’s amazing fish selection, come I’ll show you…One of the things I’ve noticed on menus here is that when a fish on the menu was previously frozen they always tell you, I guess because the assumption is in this port town all fish should be fresh. The meat vendors were also very well represented I’d say there were almost as many as the fish vendors and that’s a lot of vendors ...in addition to many cuts of meat a lot of liver, heart and other offal is for sale.
Then were was everything else amazing fruit, in all it’s many forms: fresh, dried, in sugar syrup….vegetables, eggs, cook wear, medicinal herbs, pepper grinders from Turkey and Ouzo in such variety it was mind boggling.
And if markets aren’t your thing or you have brought along a friend who was less than enthusiastic about your market mania, you can stop into any number of tavernas, cafes and bars that are tucked into all the side streets around Modiano.
The first thing I do when I visit a city is go the market – for me it says so much about the life and cultural of the city and Modiano is a must see for anybody interested in Greek food and culture.