RE: The Italian Store - Washington DC
It's fairly unique to the area. There aren't many strictly Italian markets.
I don't think the italian place in Silver Spring BT mentions is there any more. But, I could be wrong on that. I haven't seen it.
It's a big country, so "unique" may be a bit over stated. But, it's worth a trip there when in the area. Their subs are great, pizza's good. When I don't have time to make my own dough, I like to buy their fresh dough.
We had a great italian market in Greensboro, NC that made their own sausage, cheese, desserts and other deli things. Fantastic! It was run by a family who had moved from Brooklyn and were upset that there was no place to get italian imported goods, no good italian sausage and cheeses or italian deli of any merit. So, they opened a place. It was always packed by ex-NYers. Good time.
The Arlington, VA store isn't quite as good as a market as the Greensboro place, but the pizza is good and there are a few italian items and olive oils that can't be bought anywhere else arund here, at least in one store.