Capricci Pasta: There’s something truly delightful about the springy, curly shape of this capricci from Setaro — in fact, that’s where it gets its name! Capricci translates to “whims” (we get the word capricious from the same root), and the whimsical nature of this irregular short pasta will quickly make it a favorite in your home.
Crushed Calabrian Chili Paste: 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 from Tutto Calabria. 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, this paste of fresh chiles crushed and preserved in olive oil is a must-have for any spice lover’s pantry. It’s one of Giada’s essential Italian ingredients.
Cherry Jam: This “extra jam” is so named because it is packed with as much fruit as can fit into the jar, without additional fillers or too much sugar. The result is a thick, luscious jam that spreads easily and packs every bite with undiluted cherry flavor. With its deep ruby color and intoxicating aroma, it’s like having a little taste of the Italian summer whenever you need it.
Corbara Pomodorini Whole Tomatoes: These whole, unpeeled pomodorini (“tiny tomatoes”) in tomato sauce from I Sapori di Corbara are bite-sized, bell-shaped cherry tomatoes grown near the Amalfi Coast. Even more highly prized than the famous San Marzano, they have a distinctive sweet-tart profile that can’t be beaten. They’re Giada’s pick for sauces that need to sing with pure tomato flavor.
Gianduja Truffles: Sweet truffles are known in Italian as tartufi - and in this version, Ginduja is mixed with milk and dark chocolate to create this incredible flavor. Since 1885, this shop in the northwestern Piedmont region has been perfecting the art of candymaking, inspired by the nationally renowned hazelnuts that grow there. From roasting and grinding the nuts by hand to letting the truffles rest overnight to ensure just the right smooth texture, every step of the process is guided by tradition and time-honored techniques.
I.G.P. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Fruity and well-balanced, this extra virgin olive oil from Centonze is a true taste of Sicily. It’s made with a blend of olives that are native to the island, including Nocellara del Belice, Cerasuolo, and Biancolilla. They’re grown on the estate of Case di Latomie in southwestern Sicily, a region so famous for its olive oil that it’s protected by IGP certification. That protection recognizes the special nature of olive oils from this area, which are intensely flavored, deep green, and layered with herbal and fruit notes. It’s presented in a gorgeously decorated tin that pays homage to Sicily’s rich history and makes a stunning addition to your countertop. (Bonus: The airtight, opaque tin protects the volatile compounds in the oil, keeping it fresh and flavorful!)
Amaretti Cookies in Venice 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 features a painted scene of the canals of Venice, the perfect gift for the sweets-lover in your life.