São Paulo - Sé: Mercado Municipal de São Paulo - Bar do Mané - Mortadella Sandiwch
Bar do Mané, located in stall E14 of Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, is best known for its epic-sized sandwiches of grilled mortadella and melted cheese. Started by cousins and immigrant Portuguese bakers Jeremias and Alberto Cardoso in Loureiro in Várzea do Carmo, it moved into the Mercadão when it opened in 1933. It wasn't until the 1970's, under second generation owner Manoel Cardoso Loureiro, nicknamed "Mané", began offering a second, more-meat filled version of his sparse mortadella sandwiches that they began to take off. Bar do Mané, currently run by by third-generation owner Marco Antonio Loureiro, offers many different sandwiches, but it’s the Ceratti mortadella, served with a semi-soft yellow cheese on a French bread roll and served hot or cold, with or without cheese, and with or without salad, that Paulistas continue to line up for.
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, located at Rua da Cantareira 306, is a 12,600-square-meter market hall hosts one of São Paulo's largest produce and food markets, packed with 291 shops selling all manners of vegetables, fruits, spices, dairy products, fish and meat every day starting at 6am. The 3-floor, 2-story neo-classical building was designed by architect Francisco Ramos de Azevedo’s office in 1926, and constructed between 1928 and 1932. Its scheduled opened was delayed by the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932, when the uncompleted structure served as headquarters for the military and as a warehouse for arms and munition, before finally opening as a public market on January 25, 1933. Mercadão (The Big Market), as it is affectionately known by locals, welcomes around 14,000 visitors daily, and employs more than 1,500 people, which together handle about 450 tons of food per day in more than 290 boxes.