If cooking is the spice of life for you, we have good news: Northern Virginia’s diverse population means there is a dazzling display of specialty spice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar shopping opportunities. We scoured the region to find the optimal spots for your finest pantry prospects.
This new offshoot of restaurant Pazzo Pomodoro (a few doors down) feeds the deli crowd, but its best-kept secret is the compelling selection of Italian extra-virgin olive oils, Modena balsamic vinegars, and savory spices. Stock up for your next Italian feast created in your own cucina. 122 Branch Rd. SE, Vienna
This quaint shop supplies the well-heeled of McLean with signature housemade rubs for steak, poultry, barbecue, and more. Stock up on sumptuous staples like Italian balsamics and Virginia-made Keepwell Vinegar for intriguing flavors. 6712 Old Dominion Dr., McLean
Olio2go offers authentic olive oils sourced directly from Italy. Pick up distinct, rich flavors of oils and vinegars from various Italian regions. Whip up incredible gourmet dishes with a scintillating selection of Sicilian sea salts and seasonings. 8304 Hilltop Rd., Fairfax
This Falls Church destination offers a vast array of Penzeys-brand spices, packaged individually or as gifts. Jazz up your baking, grilling, salads, desserts, curries, veggies, or soups with any of these pleasing seasonings. 513 W. Broad St., Falls Church, penzeys.com
The Manassas Olive Oil Company is a playground for oil aficionados. It offers tempting flavored oils, as well as dark balsamic, light balsamic, and variety packs to sample several types. At the same location, you’ll squeal with delight at the eight versions of Dizzy Pig small-batch craft seasonings that you find. 9406 Grant Ave., Manassas, manassasoliveoil.com
Feature photo by Rey Lopez
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