Culinary geeks and hostesses will adore gifts from gourmet shop Bella Cucina, selling owner Alisa Barry’s own artisanal grub.
Tatami Totes, $35-$45
Farmers market regulars shouldn’t leave home without an updated version of the reusable shopping bag. Barry scoured Moroccan bazaars to find ones styled with woven straw and classic red leather handles.
Meat Salt Time, by Tony Seichrist, $25
Your meathead brother will be pumped to receive the local chef’s tome about the art of making salumi. It follows the story of master crafter Cristiano Creminelli’s journey from Italy to America with mouthwatering images and delectable recipes.
Aromatic Savory Salts, $11
Imported peperoncini and pimentón flat sea crystals will score high points with your well-traveled boss. Pair them with a condiment dish ($20) and tasting spoon ($6.50) for good measure.
Tuscan Grill, $199-$299
They say the couple that cooks together stays together. Gift newlyweds with a bonding experience in the form of a traditional Italian steel grill. Just be sure you get an invite when they make simple wood-fired calzones or lightly charred stone fruits with honey.
Farmhouse Lemons, $17-$35
Give Grammy a leg up in the kitchen with citrus preserves. The tart and briny secret weapons give her legendary delicious baked goods (buttery pound cakes, blueberry muffins) a savory kick.
Bella Cucina, 1050 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Virginia Highland (404-347-6476 or bellacucina.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Bella Cucina
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