Skip to Main Content

The Italian Store

Partner Spotlight

Bob Tramonte, Owner

What was once a 7-11 in the Westover Shopping Center has transformed into the beautifully designed  second location  of The Italian Store, which opened in May 2015. The original Lyon Village location opened in 1980.

Photo: The Tramontes

After opening in Westover, a customer thanked owner Bob Tramonte for coming to the neighborhood. "She said, 'this is the last neighborhood. If you look at strip shopping centers, they're filled with chain stores.'" Tramonte said, "We were really happy coming to another part of Arlington. The stores draw from different areas."

Many residents know they can pick up pizza by the slice or a whole pie as well as sandwiches and espresso. Both locations also carry a large selection of authentic Italian groceries. Tramonte says they always try to carry Italian products that are difficult to find. Customers can also find authentic Italian gelato at the Westover store and enjoy the outdoor patio.

Photo: Italian Store sandwich

One of Tramonte's biggest surprises has been the amount of groceries people are buying from both stores. "We were so fortunate with the food articles being written about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil and red wine." One customer told Tramonte that in the late 1970s the U.S. had 40,000 approved food additives. Italy had eight. "The Italian products are so far ahead of the curve," said Tramonte. He said the same is true for Italian wines as they are made with few additives.

Bottles of wine are organized by sections at the Westover location to reflect the twenty wine regions of Italy. The store hosts wine tastings every Friday from 6pm to 8pm and every Saturday from noon to 3pm. Tastings are run by wine distributors or a producer from Italy. A full-time sommelier can answer questions about pairing wines with meals. There's also a private wine tasting room that can be reserved for private events.

photo: Italian Store interior

With limited parking available, much of the staff walks or takes the bus to the store. Tramonte loves having the store located in such a walkable community with several bus lines running along Washington Blvd. and two Metro stations within a mile or two. Tramonte touted the benefits of living in Westover; "You could live here and take Metro to a job in DC or Reston."  

The Italian Store, Westover
5837 Washington Blvd.
571.341.1080
Transportation Options

The Italian Store, Lyon Village
3123 Lee Hwy
703.528.6266
Transportation Options

Related Content

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
568
14th Street Bridge
773
Ballston Connector
287
Bluemont Connector
416
CC Connector
338
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
584
Custis Rosslyn
638
Eads NB
38
Eads SB
79
Fairfax EB bike lane
97
Fairfax WB
150
Joyce St NB
31
Joyce St SB
23
Key Bridge East
612
Key Bridge West
293
Military NB bike lane
50
Military SB bike lane
19
MVT Airport South
1159
Quincy NB bike lane
113
Quincy SB bike lane
41
Roosevelt Bridge
168
Rosslyn Bikeometer
566
TR Island Bridge
693
WOD Bon Air Park
804
WOD Bon Air West
968
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
787
14th Street Bridge
202
Ballston Connector
401
Bluemont Connector
515
CC Connector
534
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
592
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
53
Joyce St SB
128
Key Bridge East
1338
Key Bridge West
525
MVT Airport South
386
Roosevelt Bridge
100
TR Island Bridge
768
WOD Bon Air Park
1044
WOD Bon Air West
916

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
4818374