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The best of Italian food & wine and table design: Get these exclusive ‘Made in Italy’ souvenirs to take home.
The typical image of an Italian to foreigners is with a wine glass on a red-and-white checked tablecloth. By seeing it in movies and Italian restaurants around the world, they believe it is true. But, too bad nobody uses that stereotypical tablecloth anymore, and instead of the house wine, customers prefer to drink traditional méthode classique sparkling wines and fine reds.
The extra virgin olive oil from Apulia is a tangy one, and is certainly authentic, like the proud people who produce it. The olives from the regional coratina cultivar produce a spicy and slightly bitter oil, processed using the classic cold pressing method. The producer Frantoio Muraglia has been doing it for generations in Andria, the capital of Apulia’s oil, and bottles it into beautiful pottery made by local artisans.
Gragnano pasta near Naples is the most popular in Italy. Since 1870, Gerardo di Nola Pasta has been processed with Italian durum wheat, drawn from the bronze-wire machine, slowly dried and then hand-packaged.
Italian homes smell of coffee in the morning thanks to the moka. Everybody owns one, and it’s a treat for coffee lovers around the world. The three-cup version by Bialetti is a classic, and lasts for years, even decades.
Italian champagne is called Franciacorta, and is produced near Milan, in Brescia, using the same traditional method as its French cousin with Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes. To discover a unique Italian wine, try Bellavista – a winery that made the history of this area.
The truly 100% Italian Carnaroli rice makes an exclusive risotto dish. The Riserva San Massimo rice is produced in the rice fields in the outskirts of Milan, in a nature reserve, and is one of the favourites by chefs. Just follow the recipe on the box for the best cooking results.
As manufacturers of fine chinaware since 1735 in the outskirts of Florence, they combine classic, country and romantic collections with contemporary artistic creations. These are unique pieces, hand-painted and tableware for everyday life: an emblem of the ‘Made in Italy’ products.
The Valpolicella viticultural zone, between Verona and Lake Garda, is one of Italy’s most famous wine regions. It’s here that Vapollicella and Amarone were born – the precious result made from native grape varieties and left to dry for a couple of months after the harvest. The Amarone Classico Allegrini is an award-winning bottle.
A real Italian coffee, dressed to the nines. The iconic Illy cups were designed by Matteo Thun in 1992 and since then, every year, a new artist creates a new set. Ten years ago, the signature jars have been added to the collection. Today, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marina Abramović, Robert Rauschenberg and Jeff Koons, just to name a few, have already left their mark.
Italian design: irreverent and visionary, playing with shapes and colours in the kitchen. Alessi is a prolific dream factory, with 10 Compasso D’Oro awards won for utensils such as the Philippe Starck’s Juicy Salif citrus squeezer or the Anna G. corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini.
The nougat and Piedmont truffles are typical Christmas desserts that sweeten up cold winter days. Made only with genuine IGP Piedmont hazelnuts and fine cocoa, they represent a classic gift for friends. The Antica Torroneria Piemontese has been producing them by hand for five generations.