Many of my customers are scratching their heads for that last minute Italian food themed Christmas gift. I get a lot of questions about “What is the best place to get Mozzarella?” What kind of Olive Oil do we use, what type of Balsamic, etc… In the spirit of the season I thought I’d give you all a few ideas for gifts this holiday. Listen to me and maybe you won’t have to go to the mall Christmas Eve…

5. La Cucina Italiana Magazine Subscription
There are plenty of food and recipe magazines out there, but La Cucina Italiana is pretty goodt. This beautiful magazine presents authentic recipes from all around Italy, from quick weeknight meals to elaborate feasts for holiday gatherings. Learn about the cheeses and wines of Italy, visit cities small and large, hear stories from Italian farmers and artisan food producers and much more. Every issue is like a quick trip to Italy for the food lover!

4. Herb Infused Olive Oil.
This is one of those things that you see in gourmet stores but nobody ever buys for themselves. In fact a high quality virgin olive oil infused with rosemary, or fresh thyme can really change the character of a dish or a salad dressing. Whoever you give it to will have fun experimenting.

3. Panettone
Of Italy’s many types of Christmas Cakes, panettone the most famous. Originally from Milan, it’s studded with raisins and candied fruit peels. Although it’s best to get it fresh from a local baker, you can also get it online if you have to.

2. Baci Chocolates
These are so well-known in Italy, “Baci” is a common gelato flavor. And no wonder: They’re a blend of milk chocolate and ground hazelnutes (dubbed gianduia), crowned with a hazelnut and covered in dark chocolate. In other words… I’m not sure there’s a chocolate lover in the world who wouldn’t want to see this box under their tree. Unless they were allergic to nuts.

And the number one gift no home should be without this Christmas?

1. A ROSIE’S GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Really, is there anything better to say “We love you!” (-:

Happy Holidays Everyone!