When your trip to Italy is almost over, one more important task is left – souvenir shopping. Please, forget about fake Gucci and Armani pursues, belts, or t-shirts, as well as, those little Ferrari cars that were made somewhere in China. Italy is much more than famous labels, so here are some gourmet tips about what truly Italian stuff you should buy to bring home a little piece and taste of this wonderful country.
Sweets and Pastries
There is an endless list of amazing Italian sweet bites, and we are talking not just about tiramisu and Panna Cotta. One of the most delicious sweet is Torrone that originally came from the island of Sardinia. It is an Italian version of nougat made with honey and different nuts such as walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts. It can be eaten alone or as a sweet bite with black coffee, dry red wine, or brandy. White nougats are made with sugar and they are cheaper, while the original nougats are made with pure and fresh honey.
The region of Rome is famous for its traditional and antique pastries. Pangiallo Romano made of a mix of almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pine nuts, to which they add honey, raisins, and chocolate. Very similar but spicier version is called Panpepato. However, the truly old Romans pastries are Mostaccioli. They are made of pistachio, almonds, and chocolate and were served as the main desserts during weddings in the Empire of Rome.
If you want something more traditional and easier to transport, then choose a bag of Italian home-made pasta as a souvenir. All the main kinds of pasta from fusilli, paccheri, spaghetti, pennette to conchiglie, pici, orecchiette, and many more can be found in different sizes of packs and the price will be very good. It is recommended to choose some local brands, so there will not be the same pack of pasta in a supermarket of your hometown. Also, you can choose traditional pasta made from flours and eggs or grab some more interesting options such as pasta made from corn or kamut flours, as well as, wheat-based to the whole-grain. It is all up to you!
Truffles and Porcini
The mushrooms of truffles are the label of the regions of Umbria and Lazio. Usually, there are black and white truffles that come in different qualities, and some are very expensive. Here you can find these mushrooms prepared in different ways, so choose the one that would be the best fit in your luggage. The rage of prices is huge, so you can find the cheaper ones or super expensive options. Another well-known kind of Italian mushrooms is porcini and you can buy the perfect dried ones to take home as a gift. These mushrooms are perfect for pasta or risotto that would make you feel like you are back in Italy again. If you buy a few bottles of Italian wines and add a few packages of these mushrooms, that would be things easy to carry in your luggage, and original souvenirs that represent the real Italy.