Black-market criminals have long been fooling American shoppers with imitation Italian vases, handbags, and spaghetti wigs. Revitalize your home with authentic Italian accents with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of Italian ceramics, home décor, art, and more at The Italian Dish in Birmingham.
The Italian Dish transforms bland homes into dynamic and rustic Italian villas with imported, handcrafted Italian ceramics, art, and housewares. This charming specialty store sets itself apart from the mass-produced mall fare with dynamic ceramics, such as the Marina Blu dinner plate ($38) and the Arte Italica Merletto antique soup bowl ($33). Bare tables get forked flair with the hand-hammered details of the well-balanced Vietri Martellato five-piece place setting ($72), which glints under the welcoming glow of handmade Rosy Rings spicy apple botanical candles, each filled with high-grade paraffin, beeswax, scented oils, and real spices, flowers, fruit, and ketchup packets ($45). Machine-washable Tutti-Frutti blue-red napkins tucked into shirt collars will protect guests from gourmet spills as well as serve as colorful tokens for postmeal games of Capture the Flag ($18).
The Italian Dish also offers tasteful tourists a wide variety of pasta sauce, pesto, olive oil, and flatbread from Bella Cucina Artful Food and the opportunity to step into Italy with a complimentary espresso, the music of Andrea Bocelli, and a traditional gondola shopping cart.