Gigantoni Pasta: The wide tubes of this gigantoni from Setaro live up to its evocative name—they really are gigantic! Like a broader cannelloni or longer paccheri, gigantoni falls right in the sweet spot of pasta shapes that are equally delightful tossed with sauce or stuffed and baked in a casserole. Its trademark undulating ridges give any finished dish a graceful look as well as a bit of textural interest. The sinuous shape is also wonderful for capturing small pieces such as meats or veggies. Try it with a ragù Bolognese or simple vodka sauce for an elegant weeknight meal.
Sicilian Tomato Pesto: The shining star of this Sicilian tomato sauce pesto from Viragi is the mix between ripe tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes. A dense paste with a flavor of chopped ripe tomato and cheese, almond fragments, and fresh basil notes.
Arbutus Honey: Bold and distinctive, this arbutus honey is a rare treat from Le Querce. Collected from the blossoms of arbutus trees in Calabria and the island of Sardinia, it is considered a jewel of the Mediterranean. The arbutus tree only blooms in October and November, a time when bees are generally inactive, making this honey especially precious.
Datterino Tomato: While the name of these datterino tomatoes from i Sapori di Corbara translates to “little date,” they might as well be called nature’s candy. Like their namesake fruit, they are naturally ultra-sweet—even more so than their cousin pomodorini. Grown in rich volcanic soil in Corbara near the Amalfi Coast, these small, oval tomatoes have a thicker skin and fewer seeds than common varieties. All this adds up to more sweet flesh, which means more delicious tomato flavor in every bite.
Rosemary Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Massimo Bottura: Turn your next dinner into a Michelin-level gourmet meal with this rosemary-infused oil from Villa Manodori. Created by chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena has been ranked the best in the world, this oil showcases his genius with flavor. It’s made by blending extra virgin Italian olive oil with the essential oil of rosemary, distilled using a special process that took years to perfect to capture the fragrant herb’s flavor in its purest form. Fragrant and rich, this is an amazing finishing oil and a wonderful tool for building layers of flavor as you cook.
Wild Blueberry Jam: The fruit that is used to make Agrimontana’s wild blueberry jam is worlds away from the blueberries we are used to seeing in the grocery store. Smaller and more intensely flavored, the wild fruit that grows in the rolling hills of the Piedmont region packs a big punch in a tiny package. Not only are these blueberries delicious, they’re also higher in antioxidants and vitamins A and C than cultivated varieties. Talk about a super fruit!
Chocolate Torrone Bar: Chocolate lovers will be delighted by this chocolate torrone from Strega Alberti, one of Italy’s most iconic candymakers. It’s produced in Benevento in Campania, where torrone is a local specialty. The fifth-generation Alberti family has been producing theirs for over a century, using top-quality Italian ingredients in a process that marries ancient traditions with up-to-the-minute innovation.
Soft Amaretti Cookies in Rome Tin: Amaretti cookies are the pride of Saronno, a city just north of Milan in Lombardy, and there’s no amaretti more beloved than these from Chiostro di Saronno. This humble cookie made from just a few simple ingredients is a mainstay of Italian culture, as are the iconic tins in which they have been sold for over a century. This keepsake tin of soft amaretti features the monuments of Rome, the perfect gift for the sweets-lover in your life.