An Italian Emporio in Georgetown
The iconic brands, that unparalleled style, the luxe and practicality all rolled into one make shopping in Italy every bit as memorable as its churches, artwork and restaurants. For in Italy, shopping is an experience, not a task. A joy, not a burden.
And so, too, is shopping a pleasure at the Emporio at Via Umbria. We’ve assembled under one roof all the iconic products of Italy and wrapped them into the unforgettable experience of shopping in Florence. Or Rome. Or Bologna. Not just one shop, but a whole neighborhood.
In Italy, the window of a local alimentario, or food shop tempts you like a siren. You are powerless to resist. And once inside you marvel at just how many ways a bottle of olive can captivate you. With your eyes. Your nose. Your tongue. Your imagination. Beautiful packages of beans and rices and grains you’ve never heard of before excite your imagination.
Around the corner, the housewares shop dazzles with its luxurious linens, understated in their elegance, their soothing softness as enticing and enveloping as their comforting, unmistakable designs. A local ceramicist shows off his centuries-old skills with a pride that is matched only by the beauty of the works he proudly displays. This is the essence of craftsmanship and artistry and it is on display daily in the shops of Italy.
This is the shopping experience you crave. You find it in Italy and in the old world. And you can find it nowhere in the New World better than at the Emporio at Via Umbria. The best of Italy under one roof.
What's in Our Pantry
Grains and Beans
Umbria and greater Italy boast dozens of varieties of beans and grains that were nearly extinct and that are little known outside the villages made famous by them. Lentils from Castelluccio, roveja, fagioli di trasimeno, and senatore capelli are but a few of the hard to find but easy to eat specialty items we import directly from the source. Read More
From the Artist’s Brush
The art of majoilica, or handpainted glazed pottery, was born in central Italy in the 13th century and after eight hundred years the artisans of Italy have perfected their craft. Come see and touch and marvel at this artwork and marvel at each stoke, line and curlicue that is applied by hand, giving you an appreciation for living art that is practical and brings beauty to your daily meals.
Declaration of Independence
Why settle for the same old same old? At the Emporio you’ll find old and new but never same. Everything we sell is unique and has a story to tell. About the artisan that produced it. About the place from which it came. Leave the big box stores behind and unchain yourself from the corporate chains. Shop and support local and independent and treat yourself or someone you love to the truly unique and unforgettable.
Having Fun is Fundamental
Shopping should be a joy, not a chore and it is at Emporio. Choose a glass of wine from our cafe and enjoy it as you browse our aisles. Chat with our sales associates who never tire of singing the praises of our unmatched artisans and sharing the stories behind their creations. Sample some olive oil or truffle sauce. Let your imagine run free as you picture that handpainted bowl on your table. Shopping at our Emporio is relaxing, rewarding and fun. Read More