Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Cornucopia
Comments () | Published December 14, 2009
Dirt Cheap Eats (2009)
Address: 8012 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-1625
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Italian, Grocery Store/Market, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 8; Sun 10 to 6.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Prosciutto sandwich; hot or sweet sopressata sandwich; Italian roast beef sandwich; cannoli; miniature cookies.
Price Details: Sandwiches, $7.99 to $9.99.
The shelves of this snug Italian gourmet shop/cafe are stocked with esoteric pastas, artisanal chocolates, and jewel-green olive oils. You won’t find many bargains among the imports—until you hit the sandwich counter. Sicilian expat Ibo Selmi turns out a streamlined menu of fabulous sandwiches ($7.99 to $9.99). Go for hand-sliced prosciutto or sweet or hot soppresatta on a crusty roll with balsamic vinegar and green-leaf lettuce, or a robust pairing of roast beef and Gorgonzola.

Sweets such as miniature Italian sandwich cookies ($13.99 a pound), feathery sfogliatelle pastries ($3.99 each), and gelato ($4 for two scoops) aren’t house-made but are good just the same.

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 8, Sunday 10 to 6.

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