Impressive, too, are the low prices. You won't find any $7.99-a-pound pastas here—the most expensive artisanal variety costs $3.99 a pound, with most brands around $2. Hard-to-find shapes include the zitilike occhi di lupo and giant tube-shaped paccheri.
Plan on a trip to Three Brothers' red-sauce restaurant next door before leaving—the smells wafting into the market make it hard to resist getting a slice of pizza and a cannoli before heading home.
Three Brothers Italian Market, 4521 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg; 301-864-1570.
This article appeared in the January, 2009 issue of The Washingtonian.