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Ischia Supermarkets Overview

 Ischia Supermarkets

You can find supermarkets & convenience stores all over Ischia.Some are well hidden in a laneway,some look like they are in someones front room and some,well they look like a regular supermarket ! Remember,you are on a small island most of these stores are owner operators.The type of stock in store varies according to location eg a tourist destination point such as Forio will have a wider variety than a small local store in the mountains.Many stores will also have a 24/7 vending machine in place that sell cigarettes,chips,drinks etc but not much more.
Ischia has always been a popular tourist and health destination for Germans so don't be surprised to see German groceries and signage

in stores. I have even seen Russian in the Italmec mini mart  in Ischia proper

Supermarket hours vary depending on size and location.The usual hours for a larger supermarket are 8.00-20.00 non-stop Monday to

Saturday.The vast majority of smaller supermarkets are closed between Mon-Sat 13.30-16.00 and closed on a Sunday and are dependant upon

the owner of the franchise to whether they will open during the high season.Therefore it is always best to check to see if they are open during

summer to save any disappointment.

There are some slight differences of course. You will not find peanut butter and jelly, dozens of varieties of cereals or bread in plastic bags, but is this a bad thing? Instead you find gourmet quality jams, pastries, ice cream, fruit, vegetables, butter and cheeses for a great price. Often you will find that they are on sale. Freshly baked Italian breads, cold cuts and olives make a great picnic meal in your room for next to nothing. You can even buy delicious ready-made sandwiches and salads. In addition, you can also find shampoo, washing liquid, toothpaste, moisturiser and even good quality wine available. 


You will find both heat treated milk and fresh milk in store. Heat treated milk is normally packaged in a heavy plastic white bottle or a cardboard carton.

Supermarket trolleys are normally chained to one another at the front of the store. To access a trolley, deposit a 1 Euro coin into the slot on the handle. When the coin is deposited the chain is released and you can pull the trolley free. When you finish shopping, simply return the trolley to the front of the store and join the chain from the last trolley in the storage area into the slot in your trolley. When this happens, your coin is released.

Fruit and vegetables are a great find in Italian supermarkets. They are normally of very high quality and you will find many varieties on sale. Topurchase fruit and vegetables, take the amount of the fruit or vegetable you require and place into a plastic bag. Some supermarkets require you to use the provided plastic gloves to even touch the produce! Take the bag to the weighing machine that will be located nearby and place on the scale, enter the name of your choice (you will find that pictures are often used to make life easier) into the machine and a ticket will be released stating the weight and price. Place the sticker on your bag and then pay for it with your items at checkout.

Plastic bags have a tricky way of tearing at the worst possible moments and in addition, you are also expected to pay for them. To make life easier, buy a foldable tote size nylon bag and use it to pack your items. Italian supermarkets require you to pack your own bags. This is not necessarily a bad thing, who wants to find crushed biscuits at the bottom of their bag?

Need disabled access? The vast majority of stores on the island will have disabled access.The Levoni supermarket at the harbour is the only I have found with a stair lift,most of the other stores will have ramped access or there will be ramps that are used for deliveries.Otherwise they are a flat level entrance


  Grocery Stores / Corner Shops

Grocery stores or Alimentari are smaller shops that sell a variety of food items and as you would expect on a island hotspot they have a tiered system for pricing ie one price for locals and another for residents.While in Ischia it is not as prevalent as it is in Capri,it does happen,so do not be too shocked when you are charged more than a local
As you would do elsewhere in Italy,when you enter, greet the shopkeeper with ‘Buongiorno’. If you show some eagerness to speak the language, you will find the staff can be a great help. Usually there will be a wide choice of cheeses, wine and cold cuts along with freshly baked bread. Everyday basics can also be found but you will pay more for them than at the supermarket. Ask the shopkeeper for assistance if you wish to purchase any fruit or vegetables because it is not customary to handle these goods in alimentari.
The difference between an Alimentari and a Salumeria can at times be non-existent but at other times quite different.Salumeria traditionally sell deli style items only,ie cold meats and some cheeses etc. Most will always have bread in them and are an absolute pleasure to discover.