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“When I moved to the United States (from Southern Italy) at age twelve to live with my father, I was desperately homesick. My nonna told me to stop feeling sorry for myself.  “Cook a pot of sauce,” she advised.  So I did, and felt a little better.”  Laura Vitale,  Laura in the Kitchen: Favorite Italian-American Recipes Made Easy

Try The World: A Taste Of ITALY - 8 Curated Specialty Food Items from Italy

Try The World: A Taste Of ITALY – 8 Curated Specialty Food Items from Italy

Italy is located in Southern Europe . … To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, and is roughly delimited by the Alpine watershed, enclosing the Po Valley and Venetian Plain. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two Mediterranean island of Sicily and Sardinia, in addition to many smaller islands. The sovereign states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Italy Wikipedia

Try The World: A Taste Of Italy:  When I received my review box for this month’s gastronomic delights, I was thrilled that it was a selection of food items from Italy. I was doubly thrilled to read, in the Culture Guide, that our selections for the Try The World – Italy Box were carefully curated by the fabulous Laura Vitale; she is a chef/YouTube sensation with over 2.5M subscribers, host/author of Laura In The Kitchen (see book link above) and the Cooking Channel’s popular Simply Laura show. Laura was born in Italy and learned to cook at the feet of her grandmother/Nonna. When, at age 12, she moved to the US to be with her Dad, she missed her extended family in Italy and even though she worked in her father’s pizzeria, she still missed the home-cooked, fresh, and delicious cuisine from her homeland. With some encouragement from her grandmother, she turned her heart and eyes back to cooking Italian foods, and launched her YouTube site LauraVitalesKitchen with hubby, Joe, in 2008. She hasn’t looked back since. Laura’s passion for Italian cooking, and her warm, friendly personality have drawn millions to her page and made her a very successful YouTuber. As an immigrant woman, amateur cook, and traveler, I’m delighted to read and share this month’s Italy Box.

If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’d know that Italian cuisine is as diverse as the regions. As you travel from the North to the South and Central Italy, you will experience a wide range of freshly prepared dishes that include all manner of fruits, vegetables, wines, bread, pasta, and so many other grains. Over the years, what I have loved about my journeys through that magnificent Mediterranean region is that the people are as passionate about preparing their foods as they are about sharing them. Every place I visited in Italy, whether it was a Trattoria, a Gelateria, or even an Osteria,  I was invited to try a little this, and a little that… and oh try this Formaggio and a lick of that gelato and on and on…  what makes these memories stand out is that every bite I tried on my trips was heavenly. As you can imagine, a walk through any city or countryside in Italy is an invitation to a memorable meal of superb quality. Let’s just say that Italians love a great meal and they take that love when they leave Italy; my dear friend, Esme, who is from Sicily, has shared many great dishes with me here in NY too.


“My goal is to make Italian food clean and accessible and beautiful and tasty, with simple ingredients that people can find at a local grocery store because people don’t want to go to a gourmet shop in search of items that will sit in their pantry for years after they use just a teaspoon or pinch of them.”  Giada De Laurentiis

Try The World: A Taste Of ITALY - 8 Curated Specialty Food Items from Italy

Try The World: A Taste Of ITALY – 8 Curated Specialty Food Items from Italy

What is in the Italy Box?  My sea-foam green box arrived with 8 delectable, yet accessible, specialty items from Italy; all curated by Chef Laura, with some recipes included to make it super easy to enjoy authentic Italian cooking in our own kitchens. 1. Egg Pappardelle by La Pasta di Aldo; the hand-rolled pasta dough is porous, chewy, and flavorful and is considered the finest pasta in Italy. 2. Vivace Ground Coffee by Giuliano Caffè;  this exquisite blend is roasted in small batches for 20 minutes and left to rest for 5 days to heighten the aroma. It was named Master of Taste by Slow Food International.  3. Classic Amaretti by Marabissi;  a dessert treat made by the Marabissi family bakery since 1948. They are made of generous amounts of crushed Pugliesi almonds added to a batter that is baked into delicious bite-size cookies.  4. Balsamic Vinegar by Società Agricola Acetomodena; you’d love this cherished vinegar made from tart, slightly sweet Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes that are color-free and quality certified by the government.

Next on the list is 5. Truffle Zest by Sabatino Tartufi; enjoy an exquisite blend of seasonings made from real truffles grown on family grounds. It’s a new addition to the excellent products offered by the Tartufi family who’ve been in business since 1911. 6. Mushroom Risotto Kit; by La Dolce Vita; made with arborio rice that has gone through a husking process to improve its texture and taste, and natural seasonings grown in Northern Italy, this is a must-try dish at home. 7. Genovese Pesto Sauce by Cascina San Cassiano; this terrific sauce is made in a Benedictine Abbey from locally sourced, eco-friendly ingredients. and last but not least, 8. Margherita Hazelnut Cream by Maison della Nocciola; a divine concoction made of the finest cream and 54% hazelnuts will make your heart sing. What are you waiting for?  To make enjoying an Italian dish even more fun, you can get 20% off your purchase of food items from the region. Just use Italy20  at checkout.
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Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount. SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of a 15% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option and/or on all gift boxes. Use the coupon code MMTRAVELS15 during your checkout to get your awesome discount.

What about pricing?  Subscriptions now start at $33/Box.
A bi-monthly subscription is $39/box charged every two months
A 6 monthly tour subscription is $35/box charged every six months
A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
People have the option to order a gift single box and/or gift tours.

If the Italy Box calls you, sign up today, save 15% on your first box and a new box will be shipped, every other month, when it becomes available.

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“Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food.” Monica Bellucci

Try The World: A Taste Of ITALY – 8 Curated Specialty Food Items from Italy

Try The World: A Taste Of ITALY – 8 Curated Specialty Food Items from Italy

The gourmet food curators at Try The World (TTW), love hearing from people like you who enjoy great cuisine from around the world. To encourage us to explore other cultures through food, from time to time, they offer wonderful opportunities to win free boxes of food. This month in the online shop,  take 20% off your Italian food purchases with the code: Italy20. Don’t forget to treat a loved one to a lovely gift package by using  MMTRAVELS15 for an additional discount.  You can also get your first subscription box at 15% off, share your dishes and photos by using the hashtag #TryTheWorld and following @TryTheWorld on Instagram, and be on board for a chance to win your next box for free!  Visit their Website for more information and also connect with TTW on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. Have a wonderful September Season!


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90 Comments leave one →
  1. auntyuta permalink
    07/09/2016 3:22 pm

    I love Italian food! I have to come back to your post to study it a bit more. Very informative, thank you so much. Cheers, Uta

  2. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    07/09/2016 5:01 pm

    I was just talking about how I would love to eat my way through Italy. This box would be the perfect solution until I can actually find my way there.

  3. Liz Mays permalink
    07/09/2016 6:43 pm

    Ooh, Italy this time! Gosh, the Egg Papardelle will be fun to try out. I’m curious about the ground coffee too.

  4. Melanie Smith permalink
    07/09/2016 9:12 pm

    Italian food is always a great option! These products look really good, I think I should try them.

  5. Laura permalink
    07/09/2016 11:37 pm

    I like your mind comment😃

  6. Anita Mckaney permalink
    08/09/2016 3:44 am

    A review box sounds like a good idea. I think I would dive into that truffle zest first!!

  7. Karlyn Cruz permalink
    08/09/2016 2:34 am

    I love Italian food. I love their pasta and the sauces! You make me crave for Italy!

  8. Annie permalink
    08/09/2016 2:58 am

    I LOVE Italy so I’m especially happy that I have it right around the corner (it’s a neighbor country).

  9. Alli Rutherford Smith permalink
    08/09/2016 3:17 am

    I love reading about how Laura learned to cook at the feet of her Nonna and how successful she is now. I’ll have to check out her cooking show.

  10. Alfonzowords permalink
    08/09/2016 4:15 am

    Mmm a taste of italy sounds so delicious. It looks like you really enjoyed the box your received.

  11. klg1982 permalink
    08/09/2016 4:51 am

    My mom is Italian and she would love this.

  12. livelaughhlovee5 permalink
    08/09/2016 7:55 am

    The box that came with a lot of different products looks very elegant and special. I hope you enjoyed everything!

  13. zanthiablack permalink
    08/09/2016 10:17 am

    My husband would love this. He likes to try all kinda of new food and he also loves to cook.

  14. Liz Mays permalink
    08/09/2016 8:03 am

    What a great way to open up your palette to some new tastes and flavors. I really like this kit!

  15. Mia Foo permalink
    08/09/2016 8:20 am

    i used to follow laura vitale on youtube, but after trying out a few of her baking recipes, i unfollowed her. probably different tastes due to different culture, i guess. i’m not familiar with italian cuisine, but the coffee sounds amazing!

  16. Nicole Herose Cochingco - Escat permalink
    08/09/2016 8:24 am

    I haven’t tried cooking Italian food but I always wanted to. We dine at an Italian restaurant so often.

  17. mominaarif111 permalink
    08/09/2016 11:27 am

    I have never read anything like this before. Such a unique idea

  18. Amy Jones permalink
    08/09/2016 8:37 am

    Italy’s food and cuisine is the best, my grandfather was Italian so I grew up eating wonderful things. This box is full of perfect Italy!

  19. Shannon Graham permalink
    08/09/2016 9:13 am

    I love these boxes and have wanted to get one for a while now! Italy is one of my friend’s favorites!

  20. Parenting Healthy permalink
    08/09/2016 9:25 am

    There is not much else better than Italian foods and seasonings. I love creating foodie baskets for gifts

  21. Aziel Morte permalink
    08/09/2016 9:55 am

    What an awesome goods from other country, I always want to receive that kind of goods it makes me I’m in that from country

  22. tammileetips permalink
    08/09/2016 1:36 pm

    I love trying out new foods!! This sounds like a great box to try out for new foods to try.

  23. Jenny permalink
    08/09/2016 11:03 am

    I love trying new foods from other countries!! This looks like an amazing selection of foods from Italy.

  24. Neely (@Neelykins) permalink
    08/09/2016 2:11 pm

    Wow sounds so great. I would love to go to Italy. Italian food is my fav!

  25. Wildish Jess permalink
    08/09/2016 2:39 pm

    Oh I love Italian food! I bet this was a fun box to receive and go through!

  26. Masshole Mommy permalink
    08/09/2016 3:11 pm

    I am Italian so I would love this. Sounds like it has a lot of the foods I grew up with.

  27. brandyellen permalink
    08/09/2016 3:28 pm

    That Hazelnut cream sounds delicious. Wonder how different it tastes from the traditional stuff. Thanks for sharing!

  28. MarciaF permalink
    08/09/2016 4:57 pm

    What an interesting box. My husband would go nuts for this. He loves Italian food and this would get him going.

  29. Jessica permalink
    08/09/2016 4:59 pm

    I love Italian food so I bet I would love this.

  30. Rose Pingol permalink
    08/09/2016 5:21 pm

    I am not a fan of Italian food but my daughter is. I love your post, reminds me of my travel bucket list!

  31. Nicole Haas Etolen permalink
    08/09/2016 5:24 pm

    I want your review box, so much of Italy in there. I love pasta and my son is a huge fan of pizza!

  32. Carol Cassara (@ccassara) permalink
    08/09/2016 5:54 pm

    This would make a super gift for the right family member. As someone of Sicilian descent it would appeal to me and I do know lots of friends who would like it. Maybe a Christmas gift for someone this year…

  33. acowboyslife permalink
    08/09/2016 7:03 pm

    I love gourmet Italian food. I will have to look into this, I’m sure I would enjoy it!

  34. Steve Goodwin permalink
    08/09/2016 7:07 pm

    I love my pasta and stuff. But, this is getting quite authentic, LOL. With my household, something like this would never fly (have a 4 and 2 year old).

  35. Jill Wiley permalink
    08/09/2016 7:11 pm

    WOW! This box looks great!!!

  36. Claudette Esterine permalink
    08/09/2016 7:30 pm

    Oh, you got another one and this one looks really scrumptious!

  37. momknowsbest15 permalink
    08/09/2016 9:19 pm

    I would to sample these foods.I love trying unique foods.

  38. Theresa permalink
    08/09/2016 7:34 pm

    How I would love to go to Italy and sample all of the food. I met a friend on Twitter who is from Italy and he is always sharing his delicious eats. This box would be a fabulous way to have “a little of this” and a “little of that”. I’d be in heaven with this box!

  39. Melanie Smith permalink
    08/09/2016 9:05 pm

    These products look so good! I want that box for me.

  40. Heather permalink
    08/09/2016 9:51 pm

    What a fun box, I’d totally be cooking up a storm with this stuff. I’d love to try the coffee and hazelnut cream!

  41. carrie@thelavenderhytta permalink
    08/09/2016 10:42 pm

    Yum! Everything is the box looks delicious! I love Italian food and snacks!

  42. Rose permalink
    09/09/2016 1:52 am

    I love to taste flavors from around the world. Of course Italy is always going to be on the to-do list for good eats. 🙂

  43. 3xhcch permalink
    09/09/2016 4:55 am

    I just came from a trip to Milan and Genoa in Italy a few months ago. Their pasta and pizza are eally something else. They really love pesto and balsalmic vinegar.

  44. franckxethee permalink
    09/09/2016 4:34 am

    I always associate Italy with Past and Pizza. I guess, we also get to remember the finer side of life with Italy.

  45. Nourish. Heal. Live! permalink
    09/09/2016 8:40 am

    I have a strict Italian friend that would love to see this at the Holidays! What a great assortment of awesomeness! And I am crazy about cute jars and packaging. Great gift idea.

  46. nlampert permalink
    09/09/2016 7:44 am

    This box looks so great! I love Italian food, you’ve totally made me want to go back to Italy!

  47. lex permalink
    09/09/2016 8:00 am


  48. Nicole Herose Cochingco - Escat permalink
    09/09/2016 8:16 am

    Taste of Italy sounds fun and adventure! I have never been tried any food from italy.

  49. Lisa Rios permalink
    09/09/2016 8:17 am

    We have so many subscription boxes available these days and the Italy Box sounds really amazing with all those products. The ground coffee is something I would love anytime and the Mushroom Risotto Kit & Hazelnut Cream sounds great as well.

  50. Megan Ogden permalink
    09/09/2016 8:53 am

    That’s a great idea, I love subscription boxes. Italy is my dream vacation, ever since I watch sisterhood of the traveling pants, I’ve wanted to go. What a great way to bring a little peice of home back to the states. Lovely!

  51. cheskaaanels permalink
    09/09/2016 11:13 am

    Oh this sounds like an awesome box!!! I really want to try a foodie box and I’m half Italian so this sounds delightful!

  52. keenlifeblog permalink
    09/09/2016 11:25 am

    Wow. Amazingly written. You’ve earned a follower!

  53. Tiffany VanSickle permalink
    09/09/2016 11:48 am

    Italy is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit! I can only imagine the beauty and flavors!

  54. Tami permalink
    09/09/2016 11:58 am

    Visiting Italy is a distant dream. I will settle for a taste of Italy, instead.

  55. Jolina permalink
    09/09/2016 1:17 pm

    I love this!! I’m getting serious box envy right now lol. I mean, truffle zest? Will definitely look into this.

  56. Anvita permalink
    09/09/2016 1:50 pm

    I love hazelnuts. Would love to try the hazelnut cream

  57. Daisy Crawford permalink
    09/09/2016 2:22 pm

    That box looks divine! I love visiting Italy whenever I can; the imports we have at local stores just aren’t good enough even though we’re neighbors with Italy. I want some of that egg pasta!

  58. Jessica permalink
    09/09/2016 8:06 pm

    This box sounds like such a treat but I would love to move to Italy any day! Do they offer products from other countries as well?

  59. Abie Dizon permalink
    09/09/2016 7:43 pm

    I’d love to subscribe to this! Do they only ship in the US?

  60. Fashion Travels (@tauyanm) permalink
    09/09/2016 9:38 pm

    i love laura in the kitchen! i followed her too! this box looks amazing and simple thing to go around italy without even going there! those looks amazing

  61. fashionphases permalink
    09/09/2016 10:06 pm

    Sounds like a great subscription!The selection of food looks delicious! I totally love cooking Italian food. It is one of my favorite dishes 🙂

  62. Christina Aliperti permalink
    09/09/2016 10:38 pm

    This would be my favorite box. I really need to sign up for this soon. I also happen to love Giada so I would be so excited for this box.

  63. The Mad Mommy permalink
    09/09/2016 10:49 pm

    I love tasting things from all over the world! Italy is one of my favorite places to savor!

  64. poojakawatra permalink
    10/09/2016 6:36 am

    I am really liking these boxes as earlier also read about boxes from other places and really a good way to know and try out the variety.

  65. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    10/09/2016 7:21 am

    The contents of this box are amazing! I’d love to try that Truffle Zest, too!

  66. TheGracefulMist permalink
    10/09/2016 5:16 am

    A lot of Italian foods are really delectable. The subscription box seems like it`s loaded with great treats.

  67. DecoPix (@TiinaTibs) permalink
    10/09/2016 11:29 am

    Oh, lovely products! Italian kitchen is full of delicious flavours, absolutely one of my favourites. It would be great to get a box like this delivered to my door!

  68. Dhemz permalink
    10/09/2016 3:19 pm

    Oh, my what a treat! I would love to try these goodies. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    10/09/2016 8:15 pm

    The subscription price is not bad at all. It is also great that you can only purchase one box to give away as a gift. Thanks for letting me know about this. It would make a nice Christmas gift for a relative who lives far away from me.

  70. highland mommy permalink
    11/09/2016 3:12 am

    Italian cuisine is interesting. I hope I can go to Italy someday.

  71. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    11/09/2016 12:38 pm

    What an awesome subscription box!!! I love Italian food so this would be one yummy box!

  72. Nova permalink
    11/09/2016 2:29 pm

    Unique ingredients as well as how they named and labelled their product. I bet it would be one good meal to try without leaving the country.

  73. Cătălina Nini permalink
    11/09/2016 4:05 pm

    The box is such a great idea for those who are not travelling to soon to Italy but want to try this amazing Mediterranean food. Which is your favourite item in the box? Love, Cat

  74. mythirtyspot permalink
    11/09/2016 10:52 pm

    This box is great! Getting some fab stuff without the travel! And after you have been there, you want to be reminded of your amazing trip! – Erin Kennedy

  75. Bhushavali permalink
    12/09/2016 7:57 am

    I do like Italian food. Esp I was surprised to see so many vegetarians in Italt and all food joints had quite a decent options of vegetarians too! Happy me!!!

  76. Sarah Bailey permalink
    12/09/2016 12:43 pm

    I love everything Italy so this looks awesome.

  77. Dunja permalink
    12/09/2016 12:31 pm

    Italian food is my favorite! I’ve been in Italy few times and everything about it is so beautiful, can’t wait to visit it again 🙂

  78. Nicolas Puegher permalink
    12/09/2016 5:29 pm

    Italy is amazing and I would love to go there in the future. Great review, thanks for sharing with us those products 🙂

  79. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    12/09/2016 8:56 pm

    I love tasting new flavors it is a way to explore a certain place’s tradition. Italy is one of the destination I would love to try and since I am not capable to do that food exploration such as this can be a great start.

  80. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    13/09/2016 4:55 pm

    We haven’t traveled outside the Philippines yet, but we’ll be doing that starting this year since all three of us have passports already. I’ll surely include Italy in our travel bucket list. We love Italian cuisine!

  81. Melissa Bernardo permalink
    14/09/2016 5:53 am

    I have always wanted to try this subscription box. A lot of great stuff!

  82. Rachel Mouton permalink
    14/09/2016 7:42 am

    Visiting Italy is on my bucket list. I would love to take a cooking class while I’m there; oh, and tour a vineyard 🙂

  83. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla permalink
    16/09/2016 12:32 pm

    When it comes to boxes, if it comes from the heart of Italy then I’m sold for it! That Classic Amaretti sounds like that one cookie I had the luxury of eating and enjoying with pure bliss when I was in Milan but never asked for its name.

  84. Laura x Loves permalink
    18/09/2016 4:00 am

    I would love to go to Italy one day purely just to eat haha the food looks amazing. These boxes seem like the next best thing! Xo

  85. Juliana Chow permalink
    20/09/2016 2:29 am

    OMG I love Italian snacks and cuisines. This package looks amazing. Thanks for sharing and happy cooking!

  86. Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching permalink
    23/09/2016 4:10 am

    I love all things Italian, and how lovely to get to try a variety of the most famed Italian goods. The box looks great.

  87. katrinajeancarter permalink
    20/11/2016 9:00 am

    It’s SO amazing how much variety of food there is in the world. Italy is certainly among those known globally. I am reading this and I haven’t had breakfast yet….now I am craving for savory Italian food! Thanks! haha

  88. Author Brandi Kennedy permalink
    15/02/2017 6:14 pm

    This looks like a great box! I would love the pesto sauce the best, I think, as I always love any pesto and would be sure to enjoy some that’s so well-made and so authentic.

  89. Made Adayasa permalink
    25/06/2017 12:22 am

    I’ve lived in Italia for almost 7 years and now comeback to live in my home town . Yea I miss Italian food , I like pasta and some exotic fresh salad with Italian dressing .
    Mushroom risotto I like it and love to have genovese pesto souce to .

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