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Monday, May 4, 2009

The Enlightened Traveler: New York

Your Armani suit may require alterations after a visit to the maestro's new chocolate boutique.

The New York Times reports:

Armani Dolci, on the third floor of the new Giorgio Armani store on Fifth Avenue, is a boutique that sells delectable chocolates, including little bags of foil-wrapped dark and milk chocolate eggs with creamy fillings of coffee, hazelnut and gianduja (chocolate and nuts), $15 for 3.5 ounces, $30 for 10.5 ounces.

Larger eggs, emblazoned with an “A,” start at $60 for one that weighs 7.5 ounces, and go up to $145 for one that weighs 24.7 ounces. Inside is a gift, like an Armani luggage tag.

The chocolates, made in Florence, include artfully filled bonbons ($3.50 each; boxes are $5 to $125), and bags of praline-coated almonds and dragées ($15).

Preserves, honey and spreads ($25 to $30) and tea ($25) also fill the shelves of the shop, which is just outside the Armani Ristorante: 717 Fifth Avenue (56th Street), (212) 339-5950.

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