Beginning June 4, an open-air market will return to Dublin's Historic District, this time with Italian flair.

Beginning June 4, an open-air market will return to Dublin's Historic District, this time with Italian flair.

Dublin Mercato, featuring Italian-themed produce and other foods, has scheduled its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at the Bridge Street Firehouse, 37 W. Bridge St.

Subsequent market days will be held weather permitting 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through September.

Whereas the Historic District previously had a market, it was moved to Oakland Nursery on state Route 161 outside the district some years back, said Rick Gerber, Historic Dublin Business Association president.

Many residents expressed interest in the return of a market to the district, he said. The reinstitution of a market was in line with the HDBA's goal to increase awareness and attract more people to the district.

At the end of March, Terri Albanese with Piccolo Farms contacted the HDBA to inquire about starting the Dublin Mercato, Gerber said.

"It was like a god-send," he said. "It just dropped in our lap."

Albanese, who serves as the mercato's facilitator, said the timing for her inquiry was perfect.

All the food will be Italian inspired and sourced from within Ohio, with the exception of Italian-imported wine and olive oil.

Products will include cheese, bread, brown eggs, desserts, marmalades, preserves, salami, dried sausages, infused olive oil and vinegar, infused honey, pasta and pasta sauce, Albanese said.

She said she's working with farmers, bakers, bee keepers, cheese makers and others to identify items for vendors to sell at the mercato.

"We wanted to be an intimate mercato," Albanese said.

Christena Wentz, HDBA vice president, described the mercato as a boutique farmers market that benefits from Albanese's engaging personality.

"It's very Dublin," she said.

More information about the mercato can be found at dublinmercato.com.