As if overnight, and just in time for the Garden Walk, D’Avolio has brilliantly transformed an Elmwood driveway and carriage house entrance into a contemporary and refreshing indoor-outdoor courtyard. The business has outdone itself – something that was tough to do considering that its previous location was ever so popular and tastefully presented. The olive oils and vinegars are prominently placed with menu boards to decipher what is currently in stock. Awnings are hung above faux windows featuring photos of different serene landscapes. Next to the awnings, cafe chairs are arranged so that customers can sit down to try the different gourmet oil selections (see history).
D’Avolio’s storefront is as professional as the service – notice the metal sign at the entrance of the driveway. Every customer is cheerfully greeted by an attendant who has the ability to effortlessly multitask – run the cash register, answer questions… the black D’Avolio apron is also a nice touch. Outside in the courtyard, chairs and tables are set up for anyone looking to enjoy the sun while sampling bread dipped in oils. The entire setup is outstanding and raises the business bar solely by paying such close attention to the smallest of details. I can’t wait to see what D’Avolio has in store for Elmwood in years to come. This is a culinary coup for Elmwood. Along with The Co-op, Penzeys Spices, and Globe Market, there is plenty to purchase when it comes to food-related offerings. Not to mention the various chocolate shops, The Village Beer Merchant, etc.