8102 Norfolk Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814


Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo

Cuisines: Grocery Store/Market, Italian, Deli/Quick Bites

Opening Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM; closed Monday.

Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

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.

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating

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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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