Unlike continental culinary tools, American kitchenware is designed solely to accommodate ounces and to protect cooling apple pies from John Wayne. Harness Old World utility with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of European kitchen accessories at Poggi Bonsi’s locations in Burien and Renton.
Poggi Bonsi's charming interior brims with a hand-selected array of brightly colored wares hailing from every corner of Europe. Invigorate kitchens with cheerfully decorated Italian ceramics, or give shy dining tables the confidence to parade past bossy maitre d's with a vibrant array of French linens. A variety of cookware forged by Le Creuset, Swiss Diamond, and more outfit culinary adventures, and gourmet olives ($9.95) add a European twist to dinner parties without the dangers of playing Pin the Tail on Fabio. A beautifully striated olive-wood knife slices through soft cheeses with a ligneous blade crafted from a single piece of durable olive timber ($19.95).
Occasionally, an Italian exporter will ask the owner of Poggi Bonsi why she named her business after Poggibonsi, a small town in Tuscany. The answer is simple: it's fun to say. It may be even more fun to peruse the shop's shelves, which hold handpicked items from artisans across the pond. The woman who owns the shop seeks out suppliers who practice crafts the same way her ancestors did. This explains Poggi Bonsi's extensive stock of Italian ceramics and French linens. They supplement this timeless selection with modern appliances, kitchen gadgets, and bakeware.