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Coastal Italy: A Taste Of Italy's Seaside Delights

 
 

Is there anything more idyllic than the Italian seaside?

Capri. The Amalfi Coast. Sicily. Puglia. Italy's coastal destinations are nothing short of stunning: vast beaches, natural wonders, and the most picturesque towns you could possibly imagine. There's one more thing that makes these places in Italy so special: the food.
 
 
These sun-soaked regions are bountiful with agriculture, from olives to herbs and everything else that thrives in the Mediterranean heat. The proximity to the ocean breezes makes the coasts perfect for making and naturally drying pasta, as it has been in line with Italian tradition for hundreds of years.
 
This gift box is designed to capture these delights of the Italian coast - and here is a look at the Italian products you've received!
 
 
 
From high in the mountains of Puglia come the olives that are organically grown, hand-picked, and pressed to make this velvety, mellow oil with just a touch of spice. It’s ideal on delicate dishes, such as steamed or lightly roasted vegetables and salads.
RECIPES: Drizzle a little of this oil over your soups (such as Sundried Tomato SoupTuscan White Bean Soup or Green Gazpacho) to give them a luscious, velvety texture.
 
 
With a mellow, fruity heat that lingers on the palate but won't overwhelm, there's just no substitute for this crushed Calabrian chile paste. The quintessential Italian chile, they are beloved around the country for the lively heat they bring to any dish. Similar in Scoville level to cayenne but with a depth of flavor unlike any other, it’s one of Giada’s essential Italian ingredients.
 
RECIPES: Use this in just about any recipe that could use a warm kick without being overwhelmingly spicy. Giada's signature Calabrian Chile Pasta puts it front and center, along with her Calabrian Fig Jam Crostini. Tap here for more recipe options.
 
 

 
Nodi marini ("sailor's knots") from Setaro are loosely twisted coils of pasta, so named because they resemble the complicated rope knots that all sailors must know. One of Giada’s favorite shapes, she discovered it on a trip to Italy and was determined to bring it back to the U.S.!
 
RECIPES: This pasta shape is delicious in just about any form - every twist and turn holds onto sauces from basil pesto to bolognese or pasta alla zozzana. It's a stunner in any pasta salad, too!
 
 
 
The key to a perfect pesto lies in its balance, and this organic pesto from Bio Orto is the most beautifully balanced version we’ve ever had from a jar. It starts with deeply fragrant fresh basil and real PDO parmigiano reggiano—no second-rate imposters here. With mild extra virgin olive oil (also organic, made in-house) and creamy Italian pine nuts, and you’ve got a piquant sauce like no other.
 
RECIPES: Simply toss this with pasta (and a little pasta water, if needed!) or spread it on crostini, flatbreads, sandwiches and beyond - this is a delightful go-to condiment.
 
 
 
No Italian pantry is complete without a steady supply of oregano, and this dried oregano is a beautiful way to stock up. This organic oregano is grown on a small family farm in Sicily and dried right on the branch, so there's no doubt about what you're getting. Oregano is a versatile, fragrant herb that is a true staple of Italian cuisine.
 
RECIPES: It’s indispensable in sauces, vinaigrettes, marinades—you name it. Try this fragrant variety in Giada's oregano-pounded chicken, lemon sole oreganata, Nonno's pizza and beyond.
  
 
 
Looks aren't everything, but when it comes to these yellow tomatoes from i Sapori di Corbara, they're one part of the stunning package. With a candy-sweet flavor, these golden jewels grown near the Amalfi coast are a remarkable addition to any pantry.
 
RECIPES: Use these little tomatoes from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to add a dose of golden sunshine to pizzas, pastas, and salads. Try Giada's golden pomodoro recipe or our golden tomato pasta with pesto.
 
 
 
In the shadow of Mount Etna grow the highly prized pistachios that make up these delicious white chocolate truffles. The island in the southern Mediterranean is renowned across Italy for its ultra-sweet, intensely flavorful nuts. Paired with velvety white chocolate from Piedmont (Italy's chocolate capital!) these truffles are a delicious indulgence in every bite.

 

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