By CELESTE GRACEY
Renton Reporter Staff Writer
May 14 2010, 5:16 PM · UPDATED

All roads lead to Poggibonsi, or at least that’s what it appeared when one Renton business owner was lost in Tuscany more than 10 years ago.

And so Keli DeRitis convinced friend Michelle Codd that the name Poggi Bonsi, split for tongue-tied Americans, would be perfect for a European-style kitchen store.

The import-savvy business is among 20 other companies in the United States to take part in the Made in Italy national promotion this week.

Along with free events, the storefront is packed with special Italian wares through May 22, Codd said. “We’re just celebrating Italy.”

Poggi Bonsi has been selected by the Italian Trade Commission as one of only 20 retailers in the United States to host the 2010 “Made in Italy” national promotion.

From May 9 to 22, 2010 Poggi Bonsi will host the work of Italian artisans — including hand painted ceramics, terra cotta, jewelry, olive oil and more — these products will be featured in our store at The Landing in Renton. On May 16 from 4-7pm Poggi Bonsi will host a reception featuring Italian food and wine.

New Poggi Bonsi Customer from Houston

We had a delightful visit today from Cheryl who had traveled to Seattle from Houston to attend a family graduation. She and her family were dining at Volterra Restaurant in Ballard (one of our favorites restaurants!) and she admired the Raffaellesco salt and pepper dishes that they purchase from Poggi Bonsi for their tables. The server told her about our retail outlet in Burien and Cheryl “Googled” us on the spot. She bought the Italian ceramic salt and pepper dish as well as a Raffaellesco spoon rest, butter dish and utensil jar.

We always love hearing these stories and gaining new customers from all over the world. Cheryl has promised to visit PoggiBonsiGifts.com soon to add to her collection. Thanks, Cheryl!

Italian Olive Wood for Father’s Day


Shop early for dad
and get him something he’ll
truly enjoy ~ an Italian olive wood salami board!
Dad will be pleased and you’ll save!
Visit our Cucina store for additional savings.