Bella Cucina

One of Bella Cucina’s mottos is, “First we eat, then we do everything else.” Certainly words to live by! And it’s a philosophy that’s been practiced by its founder, Alisa Barry, ever since she first opened a café in Atlanta. Trained in the culinary arts in California, and informed by sabbaticals in Italy, the cafe soon evolved into a line of artisanal take-home foods available at specialty stores around the globe. And today, Bella Cucina has expanded still further, putting its imprimatur on everything from perfumes to vintage vases to tableware to artwork. Barry’s unique vision and sense of style have gotten Bella Cucina featured on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” show and in Food & Wine and Martha Stewart Living, to name a few.

But remember — first we eat, then we do everything else. And it’s an easy credo to follow when we’re talking about Bella Cucina’s Death By Chocolate cookies, which you’ll find in this month’s box. If this is death, then what a way to go! Made with dark chocolate, espresso, and walnuts, the sinfully rich cookies artfully straddle the line between chewy cookie and crunchy biscotti. Death By Chocolate cookies are less sweet than traditional cookies, making them a decidedly adult treat — perfect for pairing with everything from coffee to a tawny port to the Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello also included in this box.

Regardless of how you enjoy them, we can guarantee one bag won’t be enough — to find more, and for other artful food suggestions as well, visit