Next time you are visiting Italy and are ready to order your favorite pizza, ask for a Chinotto instead of the usual Coke. Chinotto is a natural citrus and herbal beverage with a unique taste. It is one of Italy’s traditional soft drinks. Thanks to a collaboration with Nestle’, you may be able to find the Chinotto San Pellegrino brand in your local Italian food store too. My impression is that this is a beverage that you either love at first taste, or hate it. What do you think of Chinotto?
Are you planning a trip on the Amalfi coast and / or Capri? Then don’t miss the opportunity to taste the original Limoncello, the lemon liqueur that is made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Lemon trees require full sun exposure and Southern Italy is blessed with great weather that translates into tasty and juicy lemon fruits.
What is your favorite Italian liqueur?
In the past few years, imported Italian groceries have become increasingly common in US stores. Yet, every time we come back from Italy, we bring along a full suitcase of hard-to-find Italian food that help us mitigate successfully our homesickness.
This is our top 10 list of Italian products that we regularly bring back after a trip to Italy:
– Coffee (the most popular brands are Lavazza and Illy).
– Extra-virgin olive oil. The choice is wide, but a lot depends on how much you want to spend. Usually the ones sold in dark green glass bottles are the best.
– Tuna in extra-virgin olive oil.
– Spices for meat and fish dishes. The most famous one is called Ariosto and it’s a blend of the main aromatic herbs used in the Italian cuisine.
– Cookies and pastry products: everything which is branded Mulino Bianco and Ferrero is worth trying.
– Nutella, the original one.
– Senape (mustard). Orco is the brand we recommend. Italians use the senape with their meat dishes, especially sausages, but also chicken and pork.
– Panna Cotta mix, a smooth, silky and creamy dessert.
– Fiesta sponge cakes by Ferrero filled with orange cream and covered with chocolate.
– Gianduja chocolate, the original with hazelnuts specifically grown in the Piedmont hills.
What do you bring back from your trip to Italy?
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