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Walla Walla Gourmet
Ranked #8 of 19 Shopping in Walla Walla
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Walla Walla Gourmet, formerly known as Salumiere Cesario, is located in the heart of downtown Walla Walla in the historic Seil building. This must-visit shop features the only walk-in cheese closet in the Pacific Northwest filled with artisanal cheeses from around the world, an incredible selection of salumi, some of the freshest produce in town, a fine selection of wine and beer from near and far, an exquisite salt bar, and many more treats for the fine palate. Walla Walla Gourmet also offers fresh prepared menu items and Euro-Style Lunch Boxes for eating on site at our lunch counter or outdoor patio or always available to go. Open every day.
Silicon Valley
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358 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Could have been great, but it's not.......”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

Could have been great, but the 'lunchbox' is no deal. Pretty overpriced for the small amount of bread, cheese pieces and meats. If you want to get take-away food, order a sandwich. Lots of fine cheeses in the closet room. Good wine selection. Decent selection of picnic/kitchen instruments. There are other places in WaWaWa to get better value.

Visited August 2012
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English first
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Store reeks of natural gas and isn't clean.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I would not recommend this store. It reeks of natural gas and isn't very clean. The owner did not wash his hands before preparing our food, nor did he use gloves. We were forced to stand there politely as he talked about the uninteresting history of his store. He overcharged us for our order and seemed irritated when we brought it to his attention.
Walla Walla is filled with so many treasures... This is not one of them. Do not waste your time, or money here.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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255 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Deserves an update”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

Interesting little place. Not the best "gourmet" shop I've ever been in, but they had some nice high quality products, and other interesting items, such as a wide selection of different types of salt. The cheese room is ok, not a huge selection, but again, high quality. I think the star of this place is the selection of cured meats or salumi that they offer. Some from Papa Batali's "Salumi" in Seattle, and others from New York and elsewhere. Excellent service, moderate prices. Recommended.

Visited October 2011
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Kapaa, Hawaii
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166 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
“Totally Underwhelming”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2010

After visiting the website for Salumiere Cesario I was expecting a petite version of Dean and Deluca's or Whole Foods. My daughter and I went in to get supplies for a picnic, as we have a penchant for crusty french bread, perfectly ripened brie, prosciutto with melon, etc. The store was dark and sparse. The advertised cheese room was a small closet barely big enough to turn in, with a few varieties of quite pricey cheeses. There was a large selection of local wines, 2 or 3 loaves of dubious local bread, a cooler section with three or so types of imported hams and some salumi. Not wanting to be rude, we purchased a loaf and enough cheese for 2, with a bottle of olive oil. The total was over $50. We then went down to Safeway and rounded out our picnic more affordably.

To be fair, the cheese was reasonably good. Not exceptional, but about the same quality as you'd find in Whole Foods. However, if you're looking for a picnic to take wine tasting, most of the cellars sell similar cheese/fruit sampler plates for about $8.

I would see this place as less of a grocery and more of a place to enjoy one of their bottles of wine with a small sampler of cheese and salumi, but as the atmosphere is less than optimal (and there are plenty of optimal places nearby) it wouldn't be on my "must-visit" list.

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Pacific NW
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“not just best in town, best in the whole region!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2009

Better bet than most of the restaurants around! I would dive to Walla Walla just to go to this place and stock up. Absolutely the best meats and prices are not outrageous.

They do ship!

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