What began as a small fruit stand in New York City just over a century ago, Balducci’s gourmet market has grown to be one of the leading stores of its kind, with locations spanning from Connecticut to Virginia.
And just a few short weeks after the opening of its newest location in Reston Town Center, locals have been eagerly exploring its aisles. Customers can engage in a host of culinary activities — from grabbing a quick takeaway dinner of fresh Aurora salmon and delicious grilled Mexican corn to experimenting at the build-your-own poke bowl bar or sampling local micro-brews at the beer crowler bar. And if they’re not shopping they might be taking a moment to meet friends at the café for a fresh, seasonal salad al fresco.
“What we’ve created here is a totally unique shopping experience — the ability to be immersed in a sensory way and to more fully engage with the people who live and breathe food — the chefs, the master butchers, the fish mongers. Online shopping is fantastic for the idea of convenience and time-saving, but something it can’t replace is the experience of a lively, interactive cooking demo or taking in the scent of your fresh-baked pizza pulled straight from the oven. Or how about sipping a glass of wine as you stock up on local produce for the week? Maybe sampling that new local cheese you’ve been wanting to try? We encourage everyone to come in and experience it all and we welcome you as our guests,” says Leonard Knight, General Store Manager at Balducci’s.
In September, customers can get a sneak peak of the eagerly-awaited Chef’s Table during the soft launch from September 4 through September 24, when it will then offer a daily rotating menu, with meal options ranging from dry-aged beef sliders to customizable mac and cheese.
Balducci’s is open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and is located at 1871 Fountain Drive in Reston Town Center, in Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit balduccis.com/reston.