Congratulations to our client, The Italian Store, on the opening of their new location at 5837 Washington Blvd, Falls Church, Virginia. Arlington Magazine recently published an article on The Italian Store new location. You can read part of the article below or click on the link to read the entire article .
The Italian Store 2.0
What can you expect to find at the cult-status eatery’s soon-to-open Westover location? Here’s a taste.
April 13, 2015 11:50 AM
My Arlington friends are abuzz on Facebook, now that the brown paper has finally come down off the windows at the Italian Store’s new location in Westover. So for those of you who can’t take the suspense anymore, here’s the lowdown, from the affable young Mike Tramonte, whose father, Robert, founded the original Italian Store on Lee Highway in 1980.
“My father—this has been his dream for years. He’s been saving, and looking for a [second location]…” says Mike, who will manage the store. “[Westover] is one of Arlington’s best-kept secrets. There are no chains here; we’re all independent. We feel like we fit in here.”
Sooo, when will the store open? As soon as a large fire hydrant is installed at the corner to service that whole row of shops along Washington Boulevard. The good news is that The Italian Store passed the health inspection on Wednesday, and with a couple more minor fixes inside, it’ll be good to go.
Maddeningly, the owners are mum on an official opening date, but I’m guessing it can’t be more than a few weeks away. Here’s what you’ll get when the doors finally do open:
An espresso bar—a goal of Mike’s ever since he studied in Florence during college—will serve Illyespresso drinks by way of a shiny new Nuova Simonelli “Aurelia” espresso machine. This is the equipment that teams competing in the World Barista Championship (taking place in Seattle as I write this) use each year.
“I’ll be the barista in the beginning,” Mike says, noting that Daria Illy came to Arlington last month to teach him the art of espresso making, using her family’s brand. She’ll be back again when the store opens to make sure everything goes smoothly.
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