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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Riko Supermarket Is an Italian Secret Worth Knowing

Economists will tell you prices are fluctuating at the moment. Shoppers will tell you prices are only going up. If you have vowed to eat more pasta this year to cut down on big grocery bills, then you had best change your shopping habits fast.


Not getting bored with pasta means you are going to have to expand your Italian food horizons. One store, called Riko Supermarket, situated out near metro Akademicheskaya, is one of Moscow's best-kept secrets.


It is Italian-food-lovers heaven.


This supermarket has been open for over six months, but with so little publicity and a not-so convenient location, the stock seems to be still in late 1993 prices.


So what will your money buy? Fresh tortellini, excellent rosemary bread, anchovy paste, cheap Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheese, Milano salami, Panforte, sardines, pulses and best of all, pasta.


Not Barillo pasta, the familiar blue-boxed favorites, but another brand, Delizia, which is almost as good.


Try their one-kilogram packets of tortellini for $7.40, or just stock up on packets of spaghetti, penne, fettuccine, tagliatelli, for around $1 a packet.


The store is huge and groaning with aisles of Italian goods: The virgin olive oil looks promising at around $5 a bottle, and the corn and sunflower oils are great value for less than $4 a liter. The wine selection is unfortunately not as good as one would expect, but there are plenty of liqueurs to choose from.


The staff-to-customer ratio is around seven to one, so you may find it irksome to be followed around the store by a small knot of bored staff members, hoping against hope that you will either shoplift something or ask a question. Try your best to ignore them and dive in amongst the fresh tomatoes, mandarins and ridiculously cheap bell peppers.


And if you have made the trip all the way out here, it is wise to compare their prices on non-grocery items as well: Toiletries, cosmetics, hardware and kitchen goods are all available. One of the store's best bargains is a two-cup Italian espresso pot plus a packet of Danese coffee for $15, closely followed by competitively priced medicines and handy first-aid kits.





The store is located at 15 Ulitsa Kedrova, two streets south of metro Akademicheskaya. Turn left at the first traffic lights beyond the Ho Chi Minh monument. Open 10 A.M. to 9 P.M., the store offers plenty of parking, has helpful staff to help you lug your bags down the stairs, and it takes all credit cards.