For decades, the Ninth Street Italian Market has drawn residents and visitors alike to soak in the sights, sounds, and, oh!, the smells of its fruit-laden stalls, tantalizing meat- and cheese-filled windows, and cannoli-stocked shelves. Once brimming with the foodstuffs of Italy, these days it’s also a go-to for those shopping for Vietnamese or Mexican ingredients such as lychee or taco shells.
For an inside look at all that is old — and new — in the Market, join Liana Ottaviani as she leads a walking tour on Saturday, October 21. A member of the Fante’s family, Liana is generously donating her time and knowledge as part of a fundraising effort for Bella Vista Neighbors Association, an independent and non-profit organization serving the residents of the community.
The tour meets at 9am at the Visitor’s Center and lasts for approximately 2.5 hours as walkers meander through the market. Meet the current owners of famiy-owned businesses like Claudio’s and Fante’s, learn about their histories, sample their wares, and collect discounts along the way.
Tickets are $25 and the tour is limited to 15 participants. This is a rain or shine event. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds. If you find you are unable to attend after purchasing a ticket, please let us know so we may be able to offer your place on the tour to someone on the waiting list.