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Jul 02, 2008



some of the best sandwiches i've ever had - but mike, no mention of how damn crowded the place is at lunchtime? the wait for sandwiches (if you don't fax your order in) can be upwards of half an hour.

Mike Bober

Fair point, Jenny.

Maybe I've just gotten jaded from waiting pretty much everywhere in the city when it comes to take-out lunch.

She's absolutely right - if you can, definitely fax your order in ahead of time or make up your mind to settle for a slice of pizza. Otherwise you'll end up spending half of your lunch hour waiting for a sandwich.

The DC Feed Editor

Great information! I have linked to this post at The DC Feed.


Love the Italian Store, but you do have to be prepared to wait. Last summer there was frequently a gelato cart outside on the weekends, but I haven't seen it this year. Also, they are now carrying fresh tomatoes from Toigo (PA) (with a "our tomatoes are not the problem" sign) as well as their jarred pasta sauces, so you can do a little local buying along with your Italian imports.


The Italian Store usually stocks pre made subs on the counter. Each time I've grabbed some, they have been the Milano, which is just fine. No wait. Just grab and pay.


Great wine, groceries, and pizza. Hugely overrated subs.


MMmmm Italian Store. i havent been there in about three years due to the inconvenience of having children ;-) but i sher liked it when i last went.



How close to a real NOLA muffuletta is it?
Do they sell the olive salad in a jar?


One question: do they sell guanciale? Does anybody in the DC metro area? This has become something of an obsession for me.

Mike Bober

Scott - though I'm no expert, a friend who knows muffulettas fairly well said it's one of the best available in DC. Not sure if they sell the olive spread for retail, but it never hurts to ask!

Zuve - I just called the Italian Store and they told me they don't sell guanciale. They suggested I try A. Litteri's, but Litteri is closed on Mondays so I'll have to try back tomorrow. I've also heard rumors that they frequently sell guanciale at Dean & DeLuca on M Street - it might be worth looking there.

Mike Bober

No such luck - Litteri just informed me that they don't carry guanciale, either.

Dean & DeLuca appears to be your last best hope.


The best pizza in the DC area. The white pizza is amazing.

On Redskins game days there is a line outside the door before it even opens. You can call or fax ahead.

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