Food, Wine shopping in The Veneto
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Ziggurats of cayenne, leaning towers of star anise and chorus lines of spotlit olive oils attract crowds of awestruck foodies to Drogheria Mascara’s windows. Indoors, customers clutch tiny jars of white truffles like holy relics, and staff help dazed first-timers navigate the selection of Sicilian capers and 50 kinds of aromatic honeys. For memorable small-production Italian wines at €10 to €30 – including Veneto cult winemakers like Quintarelli – don’t miss the backroom enoteca (wine bar).
For the well-travelled foodie who’s been there, eaten that, here’s something original: a miniature platter of Italian cheeses and cured meats, made out of artisan chocolate. Dolceamaro also stocks wines, speciality Veneto grappa (spirits), and other gourmet temptations, including aged balsamic vinegars and whole truffles.