When you mention Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘The Italian Food Culture’. Italians are well-known patriots for preserving their food culture, so it doesn’t get contaminated with ideas such as ‘adding pineapple on a pizza’ or ‘ordering a cappuccino after dinner at a traditional Italian restaurant’.
Italian cuisine is renowned for its delectable flavours, rich history, and hearty meals. If you have a loved one who adores Italian food, here are some brilliant gift ideas for their next special occasion or even this Christmas, and where to get them. It’s never too early for Christmas Shopping!
Below are the best gift ideas for Italian food lovers and where to get them.
Food-Inspired Gifts for Italian Food Lovers
Pasta Making Kit
Give the gift of authentic Italian pasta-making with a pasta-making kit. Look for a high-quality set that includes a traditional wooden pasta rolling pin, pasta cutter, and drying rack.
I found this Pasta Making Kit made by the Italian brand – Bisetti, on Amazon for under €50. Includes a rolling pin, drying rack, flour sieve, gnocchi board, and pasta board.
This thoughtful gift will allow your loved one to create fresh, homemade pasta right in their kitchen, just like Italian nonnas (grandmas) do.
A collection of Italian cookbooks is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Choose books that focus on regional Italian cuisine, classic recipes, or contemporary twists on traditional dishes. From pasta recipes to risotto and regional specialties, these books will inspire their creativity in the kitchen.
The Tucci Cookbook featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines is a great idea to entice their five senses and get them cooking and wine pairing.
Gourmet Olive Oil Set
Italian cuisine relies heavily on the flavors of high-quality olive oil. Treat your Italian food enthusiast to a gourmet olive oil set, featuring extra virgin olive oils from various regions in Italy or different flavours. These oils are not only delicious but also perfect for drizzling over salads, pasta, and bruschetta.
This organic 5-infused Olive Oil Set, made in Puglia by a small business is a great pick, especially if your loved one is keen on supporting small businesses and sustainability.
Pasta Subscription Box
Surprise your loved one with a subscription to an Italian pasta subscription box. Each month, they’ll receive a selection of artisanal pasta varieties and accompanying sauces, offering a delicious journey through Italy’s diverse pasta traditions.
I found this interesting service that ships the Pasta from Italy, Buon Fortuna. They offer three to six months subscriptions options.
An assortment of Italian cheeses will make any food lover’s heart sing with joy. Opt for classics like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, or Mozzarella di Bufala. For an extra touch, pair the cheeses with a fine bottle of Italian wine.
You can stop by Eataly at Corso Como to discover some selections.
Espresso Machine or Moka Pot
To satisfy their caffeine cravings, consider gifting them an espresso machine or a traditional Moka pot. Italians are known for their love of coffee, and this gift will allow them to enjoy a perfect cup of espresso whenever they desire.
The Italian Brand – Bialetti, is considered one of the best in the market for making the traditional Italian epresso.
Vintage Inspired Italian Cookware
Enhance their kitchen with a vintage Italian cookware piece, such as a colorful ceramic pasta bowl, a classic cast-iron skillet, or a traditional terracotta baking dish. These beautiful and functional items will add an authentic touch to their culinary endeavors.
This Duomo Collection Pasta Bowl Set, with Italian Floral Design can definitely add that Italian rennaissance to their Kitchen.
Italian Cooking Class
Give the gift of experience with an Italian cooking class. Many culinary schools and cooking studios offer classes specifically focused on Italian cuisine, here in Italy or abroad. Whether it’s a hands-on pasta-making workshop or a pizza masterclass, they will cherish the memories and skills gained from the experience. Get a head start by looking at the Cook and Dine Website.
Italian Gourmet Food Hamper
Create a custom Italian food hamper filled with gourmet Italian ingredients. Include items like aged balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, artisanal pasta, gourmet sauces, and biscotti (biscuits). You can also personalise and select the items based on their preferences. This gift is both thoughtful and practical, as they can use these ingredients to whip up delicious Italian meals or snacks.
You can stop by Eataly at Corso Como to discover a variety of gourmet food selections.
Wine Inspired Gifts for Italian Food Lovers
Wine Tour of Italy’s Cantines
Let your loved one embark on a journey of the senses as they explore the picturesque vineyards and enchanting wineries of Italy on a captivating wine tour. Italy, known for its rich wine-making traditions dating back thousands of years, offers a magical experience for oenophiles and enthusiasts alike. During the wine tour, they can taste exquisite vintages, learn about the winemaking process, and immerse themselves in the country’s captivating culture.
Wine tour destinations in Italy
- Chianti region, Tuscany
- Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany
- Piedmont region
- Amarone in Valpolicella, Veneto Region
- Cantines of Sicily
Italian Wine and Cheese Pairing
Italian food is best enjoyed with its perfect companions: wine and cheese. Put together a selection of Italian wines, such as Chianti, Barolo, or Prosecco, along with a variety of Italian cheeses like Grana Padana DOP and Paremiggiana Reggiano. Include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings to elevate their culinary exploration.
Classic wine and cheese pairings options
- Brie and Champagne: The effervescence of Champagne cleanses the palate, making it an ideal companion for creamy Brie.
- Gouda and Merlot: The rich fruitiness of Merlot pairs wonderfully with the nutty Gouda.
- Roquefort and Sauternes: The sweet and savory contrast of Roquefort and Sauternes is a match made in heaven.
- Manchego and Tempranillo: The bold and fruity flavors of Tempranillo complement the buttery Manchego.
- Chevre and Sauvignon Blanc: The bright acidity of Sauvignon Blanc cuts through the tanginess of the goat cheese.
- Parmigiano-Reggiano and Chianti: The sharpness of Chianti harmonizes with the robust flavors of the Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Wine and Cheese Tray
This is a fun option that allows your loved one to enjoy the classic Italian aperitivo in doors or outdoors in the company of friends, family or with their partner. It can hold up to four glasses of wine and it is budget-friendly too.
Gifting them something related to their passion for Italian gastronomy will undoubtedly earn you a place in their heart. Whether they are an experienced home cook, a budding chef, or simply an avid foodie.
Happy gifting and don’t forget to tell your loved one Buon appetito!