Best Of 2005

BEST ITALIAN MARKET: Mazzaro’s Italian Market

At Mazzaro’s, they should issue shoppers an honorary Italian grandmother as they walk in the door. After all, you might need help sorting through the ample selection of fresh meats and fish, the rows of Italian cookies, pastas and olives (and olive oil). A person can pack on the pounds just browsing. Tight aisles in the middle of the store are reminiscent of the old country (you know … Brooklyn), but the open patio out back facing the road is a very Florida addition. Mazzaro’s also has a great coffee selection, offers extensive catering, and will soon add a wine and cheese room. Mangia! 2909 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400, www.mazzarosmarket.com.