Radici, Italian market and cafe, looking good in Capitol Hill

Photo courtesy of Studio3877

From an email:

“Eastern Market shoppers have a new gourmet destination to visit: Radici, an authentic Italian market and cafe has opened in Capitol Hill.

The new 1,600 square-foot space features imported gourmet Italian bread, meats, cheeses, wine, and coffee. Owner Bridget Thibodeau-Sasso tapped local award-winning architecture and design firm Studio3877, led by co-founders David Shove-Brown and David Tracz, to create an environment inspired by the brand’s name, “Radici,” Italian for “roots” as well as authentic Italian markets, cafes, and restaurants. Terracotta tile, brick, wood tones and custom millwork can be found throughout, creating a rustic atmosphere for shoppers to grab an espresso on the way to work, pick up simple, delicious ingredients for their family’s dinner, or wind down with a glass of wine at the end of the day.”

Ed. Note: This is the former Silver Spork space and Marvelous Market before that across the street from Eastern Market.

303 7th Street, SE

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  • Shaw needs something like this …

  • I pass this often and had gone into Marvelous Market a few times, but never ventured inside its newest incarnation. This definitely looks worthy of a visit.

  • I’ve been popping in lately when I go to Eastern Market. Bread is always fresh and very good soups/sandwiches/coffee!

  • SouthwestDC

    It’s a nice place. I was hoping it would be more like a scaled-down Litteri’s, but I do like they way they kept the layout open and inviting with more seating than before. It’s more of a coffee shop than a market but it’s a great alternative to the other coffee shops on 7th. Hopefully they’ll bring back the outdoor music once it gets warm.

  • justinbc

    Looks nice, but will hold judgment til I see how the prices compare to A. Litteri just up the road.

    • I don’t think you can really compare the two. Completely different business models.

      • justinbc

        I don’t care what their business model is, as a consumer I care about the things they sell. From the post above: “The new 1,600 square-foot space features imported gourmet Italian bread, meats, cheeses, wine, and coffee.” A. Litteri sells all these things, so if their prices are drastically different for the same product then I don’t have much use for one of them.

        • Prince Of Petworth

          Yeah but Litteri is in Union Market – this is Eastern Market. I guess if you’re driving but that’s more than “just up the road” in my book.

        • SouthwestDC

          This isn’t the place you’d go to stock up on Italian ingredients. It’s more like things you’d pick up to give as a gift. The selection is not really anything like Litteri.
          And I agree with PoP– it’s not like these are in the same neighborhood. I have a car, and don’t even mind walking or taking the bus to the Union Market area, but I still only make it up there about once a year.

          • justinbc

            I’m sure that’s true for lots of people who live in Capitol Hill. But as I said, I live between both, so for me it’s a relevant deciding factor. As I said, I’ve not been there, and would withhold judgment until I have, and I certainly don’t pretend to make claims about the store’s validity to anyone other than myself.

  • dcdon

    LOVE this place – great staff, great selection. the mushroom risotto is fantastic

  • Had a DELICIOUS flourless nutella chocolate cake from here. Can’t seem to find it lately, though 🙁

  • I wanted to like this place but I find it very odd and overpriced. Agree with the earlier comment that it is less a “market” and more like a cafe with some random groceries and wines.

  • Aglets

    Bleh. I had three strikes with them and I’m done. The final straw was a sandwich that was so old i’m convinced it was from their days as The Silver Spork. I miss the Mayorga coffee and donuts they use to have.

  • Good bread, good coffee, and I can get a few local products and San marzano tomatoes to round out my eastern market shopping. Would love it if they became even more of an Italian bakery. What I wouldn’t give for some rainbow cookies around these parts…

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