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10 Gift Ideas For Italian Cooks, Food Lovers & Restaurants

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In Italian cuisine we find many favorite flavors and dishes such as basil, parma ham, pasta, pizza, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan. But Italian cuisine is not really one kitchen, but several. In northern Italy, risotto, butter and a slightly milder seasoning are often eaten.

In southern Italy, olive oil, lemon, anchovies, olives and herbs are important ingredients in the kitchen. Cheeses of various kinds are also a must for the Italian meal. Pannacotta and tiramisu are classic desserts, maybe with a splash of limoncello? Yummy!

If somebody in your close vicinity is a real Italian food lover, these are the best gifts for Italian food lovers to buy in our opinion. We hope you find something the recipient comes to enjoy!

There is a reason we chose this gift as the winner in our list.

We feel like people aren’t solving enough puzzles nowadays which is what makes this a great gift.

The first known puzzle was created in 1766 by the British cartographer John Spilsbury who sawed out pieces from a wooden map. The purpose was to teach children about geography.

It was not until the 20th century that puzzles for adults began to be made. Then the puzzle offered greater challenges than today because the cut-out pieces could not catch each other and therefore easily fell apart. There was also no guiding picture of what the puzzle would look like when it was finished – believe it or not.

This is a jigsaw puzzle picturing an Italian kitchen which makes it an absolutely wonderful gift for the Italian food lovers in your life – don’t you agree? 🙂

Pasta is something like the heart of Italian food culture. The rich selection, from filthy spaghetti to sturdy tubes and snail shells, reflects the richness of Italian cuisine – one of the world’s most flavorful. Nowadays, pasta is also a faithful friend for Swedes for both everyday life and parties.

Pasta is one of the most important ingredients in Italian food culture, and it has a long history.

Pasta, the cornerstone of any Italian kitchen

Pasta is a cornerstone of the Italian meal and of Italian food culture. A day without pasta is for many completely unthinkable. Whether it’s screws, tubes or spaghetti, pasta baked with or without eggs, stuffed or unfilled, with a creamy sauce or a tomato-based sauce matters less.

It depends on the geographical location and local traditions. In northern Italy, it is common to use eggs in the dough, such as tagliatelle or fettucine, and serve it with meat stew such as Bolognese or a cheese sauce.

In the poorer southern parts of the country, it is more common with a pasta made on only flour and water and where vegetables and especially tomatoes, but also what is caught in the sea as seafood, form the basis for the good sauces.

This is a wonderful book about pasta any Italian food lover should have read at least once.

If you love cooking Italian food at home, this is just the perfect gift to heaten up the mood.

This is, as the picture clearly suggests, a chef’s hat with an Italian flag on it – basically.

It might be a bit too much for some, but we think it’s a wonderful gift for all the Italian food lovers out there.

Handsome and clean Italian chef’s hat in white. Suitable for all chefs, professional and beginners alike!

Popular traditional dishes to cook in the Italian kitchen include:

  • Risotto Alla Milanese
  • Polenta
  • Lasagna
  • Ravioli
  • Osso buco
  • Arancini
  • Ribollita
  • Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Any Italian food lover is most definitely interested in Italian wine as well.

Italy today consists of about 20 wine regions, where several of the regions also have narrower geographical districts that often also indicate that the wine has a higher quality.

Something that makes Italy unique as a wine country is that it is very careful to produce wines made from domestic grapes, such as Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera, Corvina and others. The list can be made long and the fact is that there are around 2000 grape varieties originating in Italy.

This wonderful wine map allows any Italian food lover to quickly strike up a conversation about their favorite wine.

There are around 20 wine regions in Italy and below we have listed some of the most famous.

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  • Abruzzo / Abruzzo – Abruzzo, located in eastern central Italy, is a beautiful mountain region, with the Apennines to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Had it not been for the mountains (65% of the region) and all the slopes, it would have been too hot for viticulture, but now both microclimate and soils are offered that are perfect for viticulture.
    Veneto / Veneto – In northeastern Italy is Veneto, one of Italy’s largest wine regions, which is home to many well-known wines such as Amarone, Valpolicella, Ripasso and Soave and others.
  • Piedmont – Piedmont in northwestern Italy is an ancient region that is strongly influenced by history. It is a rich and prosperous region, whose food and wine production are among the best in the country. In Piedmont, well-known wines are made, often of premium quality, such as Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Barbaresco and others. The region’s parade grape is without a doubt Nebbiolo.
  • Tuscany – The beautiful Tuscany is located in western Italy and is considered by many as Italy’s most famous wine region. This is where bestsellers like Chianti and premium wines Brunello Di Montalcino come from. Wines with the epithet Super Tuscans (Super Tuscan) are also made here. The region’s major grape is Sangiovese.
  • Sicily – The largest island in the Mediterranean, located off the tip of Italy’s, has a wine-growing area that is larger than the whole of Germany. Approximately as much wine is produced here annually as in Australia. Here, as in most of Italy, mainly domestic grapes are used. The largest areas are the green grapes Catarratto, Inzolia and Grillo, although Chardonnay is becoming more common.
  • Emilia-Romagna – Just before Italy expands into northern Italy, Emilia-Romagna, a region stretching from the Adriatic Sea, lies almost all the way across to the west coast of Italy. The region is one of Italy’s largest and one of the most wine-producing each year. The region’s most famous wine is Lambrusco, which is a slightly sparkling, red wine.
  • Puglia / Apulia – The region in Italy’s heel is, together with Emilia-Romagna and Veneto, the region that competes to produce the most wine every year. Here, the majority of red wines are usually produced from the Primitivo grapes (which are the same grape as the California Zinfandel) and Negroamaro.

According to myth, Marco Polo brought the pasta to Italy from China, but by then the Italians had long eaten both macaroni and lasagna. Other adventurers traveled and brought their recipes – and made pasta one of the world’s most popular dishes.

There’s a lot to learn about pasta.

From north to south, east to west – Italy knows best when it comes to pasta, how to cook, serve and complement it. Sometimes the Italians agree on a main course or a tradition, other times they stick to the unique characteristics of their regions or families through specially made types of pasta and sauces.

This is, for example, why the restaurants in Veneto often find the pasta type bigoli, which is reminiscent of a thicker spaghetti, and which is best cooked and served with a sauce made from duck. At the same time you should treat yourself to the local pasta type trophy if you are in Liguria.

Trofie is a narrow and long type of pasta, which is twisted together during production, and which is often found on menus such as trofie al pesto, ie served with the region’s favorite sauce, pesto. The Emilia-Romagna region is known for its tortellini and other stuffed pastas, as well as the wide flat tagliatelle to be served with the ragù meat sauce.

This is the perfect gift for any Italian food lover in our opinion. It’s big, too!

This is the best home decor for any Italian food lover out there.

It’s funny and reminds you that it’s time to cook some great Italian food.

This is a perfect gift if you ever intend on having an Italian themed party. Having plates of pasta and meatballs hanging from the wall really helps setting the tone, especially if Italian food is being served.

What would the Italian kitchen be without a pasta maker?

Homemade pasta can be the best thing to eat and it is very easy to make, if you know the tricks. Which you will learn in this article.

A good pasta dish is suitable for both everyday and dinner parties. The reason behind its success is based on its simplicity. The only thing you really need to make homemade pasta is water and flour – something that is always at home.

It is fascinating that flour, eggs and possibly salt and olive oil can together create something that tastes so good. You can even make homemade pasta without eggs. Sure, it may sound advanced to make homemade pasta, but with the right technology, it will be child’s play.

It is said that those who drink coffee can live longer. It would have been fantastic if this was true as there is not much that beats a cup of coffee on the morning twig, for morning coffee or as a rounding off after a stressful day. In Italy, nine out of ten households have a Moka Espresso brewer, a coffee machine that is heated on the hob and, like the electronic coffee machines, uses pressure to brew the coffee.

It consists of two parts, where the lower part boils the water which is then pressed up into a tube where the filter with finely ground coffee beans is placed.

The engineer Alfredo Bialetti invented the Moka Brewer in the 1930s and it has since been as viable as the pasta spoon in Italian cuisine. The coffee served from a Moka brewer measures a temperature of about 70 degrees, which means that espresso can be drunk without having to cool down first.

It is said that you should hardly wash your brewer because the coffee will be tastier if it is well used. Just as the British and Irish love their tea, the Italians love coffee. If you are invited to someone’s home, you do not say no to a cup of coffee. So when you hear “vuoi un caffè?” (do you want a coffee) you answer “si, grazie” (yes thank you).

This is a wonderful cutting board that has an Italian theme to it.

It’s perfect for the Italian food lover that cuts a lot of vegetables and meats.

This is a bottle opener with an Italian flag on it.

This is the perfect gift for any Italian food lover that opens a lot of bottles.

It’s very commonly used at Italian themed parties as you might imagine.

Best Gifts For Italian Food Lovers: Summary

What would the world be without the Italian influences and its food culture? What would be the enjoyment of life without the Italian delicacies and attractions that Italy offers? Like all countries, Italy also contributes to diversity and traditions that both inspire and flavor all corners of the world.

It can not escape anyone that Italy is known for its Italian cuisine and its tasty romantic culture. When love is the spice, everyone likes the food, is something that the Italians take to a whole new level. Its passion and gesturing culture spreads both joy and flavor to life as well as food.

Italian food traditions are something out of the ordinary, because Italians do not eat to eat. Without food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and should be worshiped with care and passion.

This is why we truly hope you’re able to find some great gifts for Italian food lovers in our store.

Italian cuisine is generally characterized by its simplicity with an emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients. The simplicity of Italian cuisine consists of everyday ingredients but which constitute magic when cooked to release the taste of its natural aromas.

The ingredients are not complicated and the spices are not used too frequently like many other food cultures around the world. However, the ingredients and dishes of Italian cuisine vary from region to region in Italy, but in general, Italian cuisine is categorized as Mediterranean cuisine.

In southern Italy, more olive oil is used than in northern Italy, where more butter and other dairy products are generally used. This is due to the climate that differs in the different parts.

Many Italian delicacies and dishes have become internationally known around the world, ranging from Italian olive oil, Italian cheeses such as mozzarella, parmesan and gorgonzola, Italian salami and Italian charcuterie such as mortadella, parma ham, Guanciale, San Daniele ham. But also traditional Italian dishes such as pasta carbonara, spaghetti bolognese, cacio e pepe, lasagne and pizza in all its forms and flavors.

Italy’s rich wine production also belongs to the famous and tasty food culture. Well-known wineries and wines such as Chianti and Barolo are two of many world-famous Italian wines. Its culture and seasoning are carefully crafted to suit specific dishes and occasions. But Italian wine is not the only well-established beverage served with the food, coffee also plays a big role in Italian cuisine. Especially espresso, plays an important role in the cultural Italian cuisine.

The Italian dinner is sacred and that is when the Italians hit big, a number of different dishes in a row. Breakfast, on the other hand, is not as important. Then you usually only drink a cup of coffee, the most common is to drink espresso. Italians prefer to eat more properly later in the day, usually at one o’clock in the day and then quite late in the evening. Fresh Italian bread plays a central part on the table and must never be missed, as can Italian olive oil.

We truly hope you’re able to find the best gifts for Italian food lovers on our store.

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