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An Evening at Secolari

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One of the few places I frequent in Columbia Mall these days. Family owned. Right there on “Main Street”.

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I like this somewhat new addition to the Mall. Secolari was one of the first stores that opened there.

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Mary and Bart de Rosa, who live in Clarksville, opened this second store near the end of the year 2013 into early 2014. My husband discovered it in January, bringing home some of the wonderful Pappardelle’s pasta that they sell.

I loved it and blogged about it.

I will always be buying pasta from them. There is no real description that I can make that shows you just how silky and flavorful this pasta is. Last night, at our blogger event, I had to stock up.

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I am trying a new one this time. A pasta luce, or “pasta light”. No durum. Less carbs and more protein. They also carry a gluten free assortment.

This visit though, I found a new item to try.

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Actually two of them. I love the flavored vinegars and wanted to try the peach in some vinaigrettes. But, it’s that olive oil.

BUTTER. FLAVORED. OLIVE. OIL.

You heard it. This oil is absolutely awesome. Go there and just smell it. I can guarantee you will go home with it. They served it over popcorn. With their black truffle sea salt. Adult popcorn. Perfect for date night.

It is supposedly great for baking. I am currently searching for some recipes to try with it.

Thanks to the hocoblogger community for coming out to support Bart and Mary in this successful store. Bart tells me they are opening two more stores in Maryland. One in Towson. The other? I just had a senior moment and forgot where. I’ll have to check about that one.

I love this place for buying gift packs.

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If you need a housewarming gift, or a thank you, or just want to treat yourself, buying a set of oil and vinegar, or some honey, or sea salts, or pastas, or jams and jellies, this is the place to do it.

And no, they don’t pay me to say this. They do have blogger parties, with food to show off their products. I wouldn’t keep going back if they didn’t have a great product. Besides, they are the sweetest people who just love what they do.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

4 responses »

  1. The Belmont Rooster

    AWESOME POST! You talking about the Columbia Mall and Clarksdale made me thing you were in Missouri for a minute. If so, it would be worth the drive to eat at Secolari’s. Sounds like an AWESOME place!

    Reply
    • I wish they had a restaurant. Now, they do special events and tastings, chef demos and cooking classes.

      At the special events, the local restaurants around them make all that lovely food for us.

      Reply
  2. It was a great night and I went home with basil olive oil, Espresso Balsamic, and Peach Vinegar. They are all delicious. I stopped for vanilla ice cream on the way home and tried the Espresso Balsamic on it. Wonderful. It actually has chocolate notes.

    Reply
  3. Annie, Great post! Thank you so much for coming out to the party and, as always, for your dedication to the local food scene. I learn so much from you. I think I’m going to try the butter-flavored olive oil and I *know* I’m going to get the truffle salt. I’ve had it before and it’s amazing!

    The other store that they are opening up is in Cleveland Park, I do believe. And for those “senior moments” — and reducing them — may I recommend my company’s EHT. It’s quite something. http://www.nerium.com/shop/jessienewb/eht

    Reply

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