8102 Norfolk Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Italian, Grocery Store/Market, Deli/Quick Bites
Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM; closed Monday.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Prosciutto sandwich; hot or sweet sopressata sandwich; Italian roast beef sandwich; cannoli; miniature cookies.
Sandwiches, $7.99 to $9.99.
Special Features: Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating
The woman at the head of the line proclaims, out of nowhere, "I love this store!" The Italian gourmet shop is filled with treats: One table is piled with platters of Italian-grandmother cookies. A dessert case holds house-made cannolis ($1.89 to $3.99). There are pots of olives, shelves of imported cheeses and meats, jars of preserves and honey.
It's hard not to go wild and run up the tab, but stick to the pastries and high-quality sandwiches ($6.99 to $7.99), like transparent shavings of prosciutto with balsamic, olive oil, and provolone, and Italian roast beef with Gorgonzola sauce.