In Italy, you think that there would be the usual supermarkets, like Wal-Mart and ShopRite. But there isn't, not one. The supermarkets in Italy are one of the two following types:
An alimentari is a small grocery store. Usually a home-cooked supermarket, such as general stores in America. There are multiple chains that Italians can buy franchises for, kind of like GreatValu (America Based Chain) which is done by family name, and you can own it yourself. Alimentari usually have a delicatessen, dairy, and a small amount of produce. There are a decent amount of things to buy in an alimentari. Thanks to these, you won't be suffering for any more shopping hassles.
Co-Op and Conad (Italy Superstores)
Co-op and Conad are literally Italy's ShopRites--always busy no matter what time of day. On average has 10-12 aisles, about 1/2 the size of a real ShopRite. These "superstores" have everything you need, with about 30% of the store taken up with produce, 50% grocery aisles, 20% frozen and dairy, then there are checkouts and entrances. They usually have a good amount of products--find any brand here. Co-op and Conad's store brands are labeled with the logo and they have store brands. Store brands are trusted in Italy, so don't waste 23 Euro on a box of "Rice Krispies" cereal ACTUALLY from Kellogg's. Checkout lanes are like USA's except, one thing... Cashiers SIT down, and you have to pay for the plastic bags!
Alimentari vs Co-op and Conad
--Lucas Maxfield Finzi