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Old 12-26-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Is there one anywhere in the DC metro area, preferably in Fairfax County? I've been googling around and trying to find one, but all i come up with are restaurants. I'm from Salt Lake and even they have a couple great import stores. Surely DC has a few and I'm missing them, right?
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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it's called The Italian Store - it's in Arlington.

there's another one in Vienna called The Italian Gourmet

I think is also a Ferrari dealership somewhere.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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Yup, The Italian Store is at Spout Run in Arlington--just between the GW Parkway and Lee Highway.

Also, you can find imported (dry) Italian pasta at Home Goods, of all places.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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Perfect. Thank you so much!
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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Also, you can find imported (dry) Italian pasta at Home Goods, of all places.
Or....any grocery store. If you just look on the top shelf.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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Or....any grocery store. If you just look on the top shelf.
Yeah, but at a much higher price, and not the same brands.

SLClady, make some good food and enjoy!
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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The fresh Italian sausage is very good at The Italian Gourmet in Vienna -- had some for lunch today!! Be careful tho -- the hot sausage is VERY spicy! They also have a nice selection of dry pastas and various other Italian products -- good canned tomatoes and sauces and olive oils. They also have a small amount of good Italian bread delivered daily -- only about 10 loaves tho so get there early. I like the rustic loaf -- very chewy and authentic.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:20 PM
 
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The fresh Italian sausage is very good at The Italian Gourmet in Vienna -- had some for lunch today!! Be careful tho -- the hot sausage is VERY spicy! They also have a nice selection of dry pastas and various other Italian products -- good canned tomatoes and sauces and olive oils. They also have a small amount of good Italian bread delivered daily -- only about 10 loaves tho so get there early. I like the rustic loaf -- very chewy and authentic.
Great info! You are making me quite hungry.

And that reminds me: In Baltimore, there's at least one super old-school Italian grocery store. I think the one I visited may have been Trinacria's. I remember they don't take credit cards, but they do take personal checks.

Baltimore seems to have more numerous and more authentic Italian shops, all within the downtown area. Worth a drive sometime.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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it's called The Italian Store - it's in Arlington.

there's another one in Vienna called The Italian Gourmet

I think is also a Ferrari dealership somewhere.
Ha ha! Yes, the Ferrari-Lamborghini-Maserati dealership is in Sterling, next to Wegmans.

For food, there is also A. Litteri in the District.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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I guess the Italians didn't migrate this far in large numbers.

MANY ended up in New Haven CT though, like both my maternal grandparents. Makes sense I suppose, Ellis Island is only about 75 miles away. Between many visits to grandma's house and attending college, I spent a lot of time up there.

The grocery scene was very different up there years ago (maybe still is)....there were VERY few supermarkets as we know them, Italian or otherwise. Except for Pegnataro's, they ran a supermarket or two. Everybody else specialized. You had the cheese guy, the produce guy, the butcher, the baker (but no candlestick makers, LOL) and of course the wine guy. I have fond memories of hitting all these places with my grandpa on Saturday morning.

Frank Pepe (founder of world famous Pepe's Apizza) lived next door to my grandparents. I'm told my mom almost married one of the Pepe boys. Phew...it could have turned out way different...I could have ended up in the pizza business! LOL.

Pepe (pronounced peppy) is still packing 'em in almost a hundred years later...best pie you can buy anywhere! Forget Sally's, when in Elm City, go to Pepe's!. I'm headed to NYC tomorrow for New Years and am going to try to interest the wife in a sidetrip to New Haven...clam pizza, YUM!
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