|No explanation needed...but the Nutella from Italy does taste different then the one in the US, a bit more oily
So today is Thanksgiving and I am in Italy. While I am not necessarily complaining, I am missing a fews things on this day of being greatful....my family, my husband (who is in England working as today is not a holiday anywhere in Europe, but especially in England for which we all know the history, but I do digress...) turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Basically turkey is availabe here in Italy, but I have rarely seen it, stuffing....hmmm well, maybe a panzanella but not even close to satisfying my craving. And pumpkin pie....well, in my dreams, not here, not ever. But I do have some food products here in Italy that I am very thankful for, mostly dishes that are freshly prepared, but also some food products and ingredients that make the Italian dishes I love.....the dishes I love. Check out my favorites here, and if you are in Italy and want to purchase any make sure you go to a grocery store or a Carrefour (http://www.americanina.com/2011/04/i-wish-for-carrefour.html ) so you get the best price.
|Bringing olive oil on a trans-atlantic flight can be challenging but possible...this was our choice to bring back when we had the extra space in our luggage, now available in the US for purchase but at twice the price
|Pomi, basically strained, crushed tomatoes, available in the US but always much, much cheaper in Italy
|Tomato paste in a tube, my favorite is Cirio (http://www.americanina.com/2011/04/pasta-with-clams.html ) but Mutti is good too, great for travel and gifts for the foodie in your life
|Any Fini product you see in Italy is good, I generally purchase the balsamic vinegar and salsa as it is so much cheaper then in the US, also great for gifts
|We really don't have a similar product in the US, this is great for a quick meal, just boil pasta and mix in. These prepared pestos are great, you can't even compare any sauces in a jar in the US, so just don't
|A non-alcoholic aperitivo drink that is usually served chilled with ice, if you are ever at a bar in Italy for aperitivo try this! (Aperitivo in Italian bars is generally served with some goodies like chips and nuts.)
|No this is not Kahlua, it is better. Basically a coffee liquor (and coffee meaning espresso.) I love these plastic bottles as they are easy to travel with and great for gift hampers
|This is a new product in Italy and I like it, basically a chocolate cream cheese, I don't know exactly how you would carry this back on a plane, but in the plane where luggage is kept it is very cold, it could make the journey.....
|I have blogged about this product before, (http://www.americanina.com/2011/04/zuppa-de-pesce.html ) absolutely love this and very inexpensive and easy to take home
|A different answer to the boullion cube, great, fast and easy flavor to your weeknight chicken or a quick soup
|Another snack cake, my second favorite to Fiesta
|These little "cakes" are found in the refrigerator section as they have fresh cream in the center, but it is not so much a cream as a softer cream cheese texture milk-cream kind of thing...I don't know you just have to try it!
|OMG! The best thing ever, to me better then Ferrero Rocher chocolates (there's that name again....damn you Ferrero!)
|Carrying the oh so famous seal of Parmigiano Reggiano this little cheese snack is relatively new, but very tasty! Imagine a Parmigiano flavored Laughing Cow cheese wedge....yes this is a little piece of heaven.