There's a new family-owned Italian deli at 3123 Lee Highway, Arlington. It features fresh-frozen homemade pizza dough, salted and unsalted mozzarella (freshly made each morning), and a variety of takeout Italian entrees, submarine sandwiches and several salads.
The deli also sells a full line of Citterio cold cuts, including prosciutto, salami, sopressata and mortadella with pistachio nuts ($2.98/ pound) and imported cheeses including Parmigiano Reggiano ($8.89/pound). There are also Italian groceries and wines, spumonni, rum cake and chocolate and vanilla cannolis. The store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
If you're still looking for a cooking class and are interested in a one-day lesson, you might want to visit the Washington International Food Show at the Capital Center, Nov. 14 through 16. Along with the hundreds of displays offering foods for sampling, free recipes, coupons and demonstrations of cooking equipment, Chef Tell from P.M. Magazine will be on hand. In addition, six professional chefs representing the Southern Living Cooking School will demonstrate foods from the Southern U.S., Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $2.25 for children 6 to 12; free for children under 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
You no longer have to use a plate to cover your favorite old pot that doesn't have a lid. The Swiss manufacturing company, Sparta, has solved the problem with a new glass lid that has an aluminum frame with inverted steps to fit your odd-sized pans. The lids are available at Georgetown Coffee, Tea and Spice in three sizes and will fit pots ranging from 7 to 11 inches in diameter. Prices range from $13.50 to $15.50.
Anyone trying to get an early start on Christmas gifts and holiday treats may want to visit some of the upcoming Christmas bazaars. The Junior League of Washington opens its annual Christmas Shop today at the Mayflower Hotel. It runs through Saturday, Nov. 8. And there will be lots of food: candy houses ($13.50); apple, pepper and watermelon relishes ($2.75 to $3); sweet sauces and toppings (pear, peach, melba, cherry and blueberry -- $2 to $3); and a wide variety of cakes, pastries and breads. All are attractively arranged in gift boxes and wrappings. Admission is $3 per person.
Other upcoming Christmas festivals where food will be available are:
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW, Nov. 7 through 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW, Nov. 12 and 13 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
YWCA International Fair, Nov. 14, Washington Hilton Exhibit Hall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 at the door and $1.50 in advance from YWCA, 1649 K St. NW.
St. George Orthodox Christian Church, Dec. 7, 4335 16th St. NW, 1 to 5 p.m.