Italian food is loved around the world for its hearty and delicious flavors. If you have an Italian food lover in your life, then check out our list of the best gifts for them! From cookbooks to olive oil and even a pasta maker, we have something for everyone on your list (for all budget ranges). So what are you waiting for? Start shopping today with our list of the best gifts for Italian food and pasta lovers!
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1. Standing Mixer
No kitchen is complete without a standing mixer. This handy appliance can do many things, but its most popular use is for making pasta dough. A stand mixer has the ability to knead and mix dough quickly and efficiently, resulting in better quality pasta that tastes amazing!
Also, it is a versatile kitchen tool which can be used for more than just making pasta dough…it can help with numerous recipes including bread dough, cakes, and anything that’s whipped. One thing to note is that you can also get the pasta attachments, which help extrude and cut the pasta dough once made. To see these as well, click here.
If you’re looking for a gift for a pasta lover, then this is an easy machine that does everything from mixing ingredients to kneading dough.
The KitchenAid is the golden standard for standing mixers, but the Cuisinart is also a great lower price-point option.
Click here for the KitchenAid Standing Mixer.
Click here for the Cuisinart Standing Mixer.
2. Philips Pasta Maker Plus
The Philips Pasta Maker Plus is an innovative kitchen appliance that can help create delicious pasta to make a dinner party a success. The machine features 4 different settings, they simply select the appropriate setting and start cooking!
The Philips Pasta Maker Plus also comes with 4 attachment discs for making: spaghetti, fettuccini, penne and lasagna/dumpling; pasta/noodle cutter, a cleaning tool and a measuring cup.
It really has so many functionalities!
Click here for the Philips Pasta Maker Plus.
3. MARCATO Atlas 150 Pasta Machine
When it comes to pasta, there are many options. There’s homemade, pre-packaged, and fresh pasta. But fresh pasta can be tricky when made at home. Luckily for us, the Atlas Pasta Machine by MARCATO has come up with an answer!
This machine is easy to use and makes perfect noodles every time. With great features like the adjustable thickness dial that allows you to make spaghetti or fettuccini at any width setting between 0.06 mm – 4.8 mm wide. They also carry 12 interchangeable cutting blades that allow someone to create flat sheets (fettuccini), long strands (spaghetti) or short pieces (tagliatelle). So whether it’s a veteran or newbie pasta chef, we can guarantee they’ll get great usage out of this pasta machine.
Click here for the MARCATO Atlas 150 Pasta Machine.
Click here for the Nuvantee Pasta Machine.
4. KitchenAid Pasta Attachment
The KitchenAid pasta maker attachment turns a KitchenAid standing mixer into a functional pasta machine, allowing someone to mix dough with the motorized mixing option. And then they can then extrude it through the 3 interchangeable dies and create spaghetti noodles of different widths and thicknesses.
It’s perfect for those who like to use one machine for everything!
Click here for the KitchenAid Pasta Attachment.
5. KitchenAid Standing Mixer Bowl
Standing mixer bowls are great for making dough, cookie dough, and other recipes that require mixing. They’re also good for storing ingredients while cooking or baking.
We love these ceramic standing mixer bowls as they look so nice compared to the regular clear or silver bowl that typically come with a KitchenAid mixer. Plus we also appreciate that they’re freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe (up to 475F).
Click here for the KitchenAid Standing Mixer Bowl
6. Kneading Board
If you think kneading dough is hard, it doesn’t have to be! A solution that can help with this task is a kneading board. This board has so many cool functions which make it a great tool to have!
First of all, it is reversible with a smooth side for working with a dough, and the other side as a cutting board. It also has ‘lips’ on each side to keep the board from slipping, as well as ruler markings etched into the board for any measuring that needs to be done.
Click here for the Kneading Board.
7. Personalized Marble Rolling Pin
A regular wooden rolling pin can get sticky and difficult to use with dough, but a marble rolling pin stays cool and smooth. Since they’re weighted, they help to roll out dough evenly. Plus, since these pins are made of natural stone, they will stay cold while working with them.
Best of all, they’re beautiful to look at! This specific one comes with a base, and can be personalized with a name or initials!
Click here for the Personalized Marble Rolling Pin.
8. Collapsible Pasta Drying Rack
I love making fresh pasta, but I often find myself with too much leftover pasta. In order to keep my fridge from filling up, I like using a pasta drying rack to dry the noodles so they don’t go bad.
This pasta drying rack is great because it has 16 dowels which can hold up to 4.5 pounds of fresh pasta. Plus, since it’s collapsible, it’s easy to set up, and even easier to store away when not in use!
Click here for the Collapsible Pasta Drying Rack.
9. Clip-on Strainer
We’ve all been there – you’re cooking your favorite pasta dish, and suddenly you realize you don’t have a strainer. Or maybe you do, but it’s in the dishwasher. Fret not – with a clip-on pasta strainer, you can easily strain your noodles right in the pot.
With a universal design, they will fit most pots. Plus, they’re easy to use and store, making them a must-have gift for any cook.
Click here for the Clip-on Strainer.
10. Olive Oil Infuser
Flavored olive oil is becoming more and more popular. While you can find flavored oils at specialty stores, a lot of people don’t realize that you can also make your own. This olive oil infuser simplifies the process, while also making the clean-up/storage a breeze.
This is a great way to add some extra flavor to a dish. Plus, it’s also a great way to use up any extra herbs or spices that are on hand.
Click here for the Olive Oil Infuser.
Pizza / Bread Gifts
11. Portable Pizza Oven
Rated #1 outdoor stand-alone pizza oven by Serious Eats, The ROCCBOX is a portable pizza oven that can be used on the go. With this compact oven, you can enjoy great tasting pizzas without having to wait for your kitchen’s oven preheat. This product has been designed with safety features and high-quality materials to ensure it lasts for years of use.
The ROCCBOX is perfect for those who love cooking outdoors or camping enthusiasts as well as anyone who loves making homemade pizzas at home! It’s also a great option if you’re limited on space in your kitchen but still want to make delicious pizzas from scratch.
Click here for the ROCCBOX Portable Pizza Oven.
12. DIY Focaccia Garden Art Kit
While warm bread is a staple of any kitchen, a lot of people don’t realize that they can make focaccia garden art! This project will have anyone feeling like an artist, while being able to enjoy some delicious bread. Everything needed to make the focaccia bread can be found in this kit – just add some beautiful produce to make a garden scape!
Click here for the DIY Focaccia Garden Art Kit.
13. DIY Garlic Herb Focaccia Kit
If decorating focaccia sounds like too much work, there’s also this simpler kit to make garlic herb focaccia.
There’s something about the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven that just makes any house feel like home. This garlic herb focaccia is perfect to make at home. Everything needed to make the focaccia bread can be found in this kit – it’s simple to make, and the results are always delicious.
Click here for the DIY Garlic Herb Focaccia Kit.
14. Pasta Date Night Basket (Williams Sonoma)
We all love a good pasta date night, but the stress of cooking can sometimes get in the way. This pasta date night basket will provide a fun and romantic evening of cooking and eating. With these ingredients you’ll have everything you need to make a quick and delicious dinner without having to go grocery shopping!
The ingredients in this Williams Sonoma basket include: pappardelle, tomato basil pasta sauce, vodka pasta sauce, and extra-virgin olive oil (all of which are organic).
It also includes red Sangria mix and a DIY mozzarella/ricotta cheese-making kit, so you can snack and enjoy a glass of vino while cooking together.
Click here for the Williams Sonoma Pasta Date Night Basket.
15. Pasta Dinner Gift Basket (Fox & the Knife)
What is better than a home cooked meal? A home cooked meal that has been delivered to your door!
This Fox & the Knife pasta dinner gift basket serves 6 people and will make any Italian food lover ecstatic. With bucatini pasta, linguine pasta, amatriciana pasta sauce, wild boar bolognese pasta sauce, harissa marinated olives, and taleggio stuffed focaccia bread, you’ll have all the ingredients needed for an amazing pasta dinner. Add some wine to complete this delicious gift basket!
Click here for the Fox & the Knife Pasta Dinner Gift Basket.
16. Cascatelli Gift Set (Limited Edition)
Do you ever feel like some pasta shapes are never quite right? Well, today I’m going to introduce you to the perfect pasta shape – cascatelli.
We did a whole review of this cascatelli pasta shape which you can read, but essentially this was a newly-developed pasta shape with the perfect balance of forkability, sauceability, and tooth-sinkability. A perfect choice for those who want pasta perfection!
Click here for the Cascatelli Gift Set.
Click here for the Cascatelli 4 Pack.
17. Truff Black Truffle Pomodoro Pasta Sauce
Calling all truffle lovers! One of the best ways to enjoy this luxurious ingredient is in a pasta sauce. This Black Truffle Pomodoro Pasta Sauce has ripe tomatoes, delicate herbs, black winter truffle, and red chili peppers. It’s both simple and delicious! You can serve it with any type of fresh or dried pasta you like: spaghetti, linguine or penne work well.
Click here for the Truff Black Truffle Pomodoro Pasta Sauce.
18. White Truff Hot Sauce (Mini Pack of 4)
Oprah’s favorite hot sauce, Truff’s White Hot Sauce, is a must have for truffle lovers. This white truffle hot sauce has an amazing aroma and flavor, making it the perfect condiment for any dish you are cooking up!
With ripe chili peppers, organic agave nectar, white truffle, and a hint of organic coriander, this hot sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce or marinade for your favorite meats.
These mini versions will make great stocking stuffers, and you can ddd a personal touch to your gift with our adorable little gift tags.
- Click here to download the tags.
- Print them out.
- Cut them out.
- Use a hole punch to attach tag with a ribbon.
Click here for the White Truff Hot Sauce (Mini Pack of 4).
19. Black Truffle Oil
If you’re a cook, you know that truffle oil is a luxurious ingredient that can add an amazing depth of flavor to any dish. But what if I told you that there’s an even more luxurious way to enjoy truffles? Truff’s truffle oil is made with winter black truffles, which are considered one of the finest and most expensive type of truffle. The oil has a deep, earthy flavor that’s perfect for adding complexity to dishes like pasta or risotto.
This truffle oil ill elevate anyone’s cooking game, and is definitely worth checking out!
Click here for the Truff Black Truffle Oil.
20. The Truffleist Truffle Salt
This flavorful salt is made with real black truffles, and it can add an amazing depth of flavor to your dishes. A beautiful blend of French grey sea salt with black summer truffles, this salt will add oomph to any dish. Whether you’re making pasta or salad, truffle salt is the perfect way to give your food a boost of deliciousness.
Click here for the The Truffleist Truffle Salt.
Oils and Spices
21. Premium-Flavored Olive Oil Set (Brightland – The Artist Capsule)
For the cook who loves to experiment with new flavors. This set comes with 4 delicious options to choose from, each with its own unique flavor.
- Rosette: garlic and heirloom Frantoio olives.
- Lucid: lemon and heirloom Frantoio olives.
- Ardor: red chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, chipotle peppers, paprika, and heirloom Frantoio olives.
- Arise: basil and heirloom Frantoio olives.
Whether cooking up a storm in the kitchen or just enjoying a nice dinner, these oils will add some extra zing to any dish. They are so versatile and can be for making a salad or dressing a dish. Plus, they make great gifts for any occasion.
Click here for the Premium-Flavored Olive Oil Set (Brightland – The Artist Capsule)
22. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Set
Extra virgin olive oil is great for cooking, but sometimes it can be boring. This flavored olive oil set will spice up any kitchen! It comes with four different flavors including basil, garlic, truffle, and Tuscan herbs.
The oils are infused with herbs to give them a unique flavor that’s perfect for Italian dishes or any dish you want to give some extra taste too!
Click here for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Set
23. Porcini Powder and Dried Wild Mushrooms Collection
Mushrooms add a lot of flavor and nutrition to dishes, but they can be expensive and hard to find fresh. Dried mushrooms are a great alternative that can last for months in the pantry. With just a little reconstitution, they can add instant flavor to any recipe like stock, sauce, a rub for meat, or even to flavor fresh pasta dough. This collection of wild mushrooms from Wine Forest are some of the very best, including:
- Porcini Powder: This ultra-fine dried porcini mushroom powder has a rich, concentrated taste
- Dried Porcinis: These dried mushrooms have an earthy, woodsy taste
- Dried Mousserons: Also called ‘fairy rings’, these wild mushrooms have a similar taste to the porcini
- Dried Morels: Highly prized for their fleeting season, these mushrooms taste nutty and meaty
- Dried Black Trumpets: This strongly flavored funnel-shaped variety pairs especially well with potatoes and pasta, or sautéed in butter to bring out its intense aroma
Click here for the Porcini Powder and Dried Wild Mushrooms Collection
24. DIY Pesto Spices Gift Set
Pesto is a versatile sauce that tastes great with pasta, on sandwiches, or as an appetizer dip. It’s also easy to make! This DIY pesto set allows anyone to make pesto with a snap of a finger. The only other ingredients needed are olive oil, water, and a hard cheese of choice – all of which should be pretty easy to find in the grocery store if you don’t already have them at home.
The flavors in this set are Bruschetta pesto, Garden Herb pesto, and Mediterranean pesto, packaged in a gift-worthy glass test tube.
Click here for the DIY Pesto Spices Gift Set.
25. Truffle Risotto Cooking Kit & On Demand Class
Michelin chefs Jason McKinney and Tyler Vorce bring to the table a unique truffly risotto cooking experience. The specially curated ingredients to make the dish as well as an hour-long video featuring the chefs themselves. The perfect cooking experience with a meal included!
Click here for the Truffle Risotto Cooking Kit & On Demand Class.
26. Homemade Mushroom Ravioli Kit
A kit to help teach the art of making handmade ravioli comes with everything you need minus the fresh ingredients. The kit comes with an adorable ravioli “stamp” which helps to form the raviolis. Nothing like creating your own ravioli!
Click here for the Homemade Mushroom Ravioli Kit.
27. Italian Cheesemaking Kit
A wonderful kit to help your recipient make up to 10 batches of 6 different cheeses with the help of some milk! The kit uses a vegetable rennet, so these cheeses are vegetarian and free from chemicals and preservatives. A great time for the family while they turn their kitchen into a cheese shop.
Click here for the Italian Cheesemaking Kit.
28. Homemade Limoncello Kit
There’s nothing quite like limoncello to remind you of those summer nights when you are freezing in cold temps. This kit offers a way to make limoncello at home and get this wonderful tasting and beautiful digestive drink on your table.The kit contains all the supplies needed – just bring the vodka, lemons, and sugar.
Click here for the Homemade Limoncello Kit.
29. Bamboo Colander & Pour Bowl Set
A culinary set that just makes sense. With this you will get a colander/strainer that is slightly smaller than the bowl and it rests inside making it easy to soak fruit to wash and pull the colander out. It’s also a great place to rest your pasta once drained. This modern looking set comes in 5 great colors and is a step above your mother’s metal strainer.
Click here for the Bamboo Colander & Pour Bowl Set.
30. Pasta Bowls
A modern and fresh stone dish, this is a little bit bowl and a little bit plate which make them perfect for your saucy pasta dishes. They come in a choice of 6 neutral colors that will be sure to match any kitchen. The buying options are great, you can purchase 1, 4, or 8 at a time.
Click here for the Pasta Bowls.
31. Cheese Vault
An eco friendly sure way to keep your cheese fresh, this breathable cheese vault surely will make any cheese lover happy. The top and bottom of this container are specially made to help to keep moisture at bay. It even comes with dividers to store more than one hunks of cheese.
Click here for the Cheese Vault.
32. Baking Dish Set
All pasta chefs love having baking dishes on hand. It’s perfect for oven-baked pasta dishes, and it makes cleanup a breeze. Plus, it’s easy to transport and store, so they can take their favorite pasta dishes on-the-go.
This set is made from food-grade porcelain and is safe for dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and ovens. And we love all the beautiful colors it comes in!
Click here for the Baking Dish Set.
33. Pasta-Shaped Oven Mitts
Have you ever wished that someone made oven mitts that looked like pasta? Well, your wish has come true! These new oven mitts not only look like pasta, but they are made out of double-layered heat-resistant silicone. Plus, they’re machine-washable, so you can keep them looking new for years to come. Cook up a storm in style with these fun and unique oven mitts!
Click here for the Pasta-Shaped Oven Mitts.
34. I ❤️ Pasta Fork
Perfect for a stocking stuffer or as part of a themed gift, this hand-stamped forks says says I ❤️ pasta. At approximately 7 inches long, this silver-plated dinner fork can even be personalized on the handle. Who wouldn’t love this unique fork?
Click here for the I (Heart) Pasta Fork.
35. Pasta Shapes Apron
A fun apron that has pasta shapes with their names all over it which can come in handy when cooking in the kitchen. The artwork is adorable and the apron also comes in white.
Click here for the Pasta Shapes Apron.
36. Ravioli Spoon Rest
Spoon rests are great to keep messes off your counters and keep your utensils clean. With this giant ravioli spoon rest, it adds a whimsy to your kitchen with it’s fun and playful shape. Nearly 5 inches squared gives this a lot of space for your spoons and other utensils. Easy to clean silicon makes this a great choice.
Click here for the Ravioli Spoon Rest.
37. Spaghetti Monster Colander
Who says kitchen strainers have to be boring – not us! This unique colander is shaped like a monster and has the cutest monster googley eyes for handles. BPA-free and food grade safe, these can even go in the dishwasher. The kids will want to join in the fun of cooking in the kitchen with this around.
Click here for the Spaghetti Monster Colander.
38. ‘Sunday Pasta Club’ Sweatshirt
None of us can resist a Sunday Supper that includes pasta and sauce. This comfortable and versatile sweatshirt that states ‘Sunday Pasta Club’ is the ideal lazy Sunday sweatshirt. Who wouldn’t want to lounge around all day, eating pasta, in this grey comfy sweatshirt?
Click here for the ‘Sunday Pasta Club’ Sweatshirt.
39. Pasta Pillow
An uplifting message on a throw pillow is a great addition to any couch. This wonderful decorative pillow is neutral in color – gray and cream and will match with most decor in a person’s house. It is cute and fun as it reads ‘Everything is Pasta-bowl’. This pillow proves that getting the perfect gift is “pasta-bowl”.
Click here for the Pasta Pillow.
40. Pasta Mug
Mugs have become the latest way to show off your personality, especially while working from home and on Zooms calls. This is a great black mug with wording that says ‘Less Upsetti and More Spaghetti’ – seems like a great motto if you ask us!
Click here for the Pasta Mug.
41. The Tucci Cookbook
A book filled with recipes, wine pairings, stories, and photos would be great. But having one filled with Stanley Tucci familiy memories are priceless. This anthology of Italian stories has nearly 200 recipes. This is sure to become a go-to cookbook!
42. ‘The Best Pasta Sauces’ Cookbook
A regional cookbook that takes you on a geographical journey of Italian food. There is a section on the basics of Italian cooking such as handmade pasta, cooking pasta, and even where to buy ingredients in the US. The wine pairings and photographs make this more than a cookbook, but a trip through Italy.
Click here for ‘The Best Pasta Sauces’ Cookbook.
43. ‘The Pasta Grannies’ Cookbook
What do you get when Italian grandmothers come together to share their family recipes? You get the Pasta Grannies Cookbook. The book is not only filled with mouth-watering recipes, but also stories and memories of what it was like growing up in Italy. This cookbook will transport anyone and will make you feel like you are right there with them in a kitchen in Italy, experiencing these cherished moments first hand.
They also have a YouTube channel, which is great for seeing the techniques. Who better to learn pasta-making techniques from, than the Pasta Grannies who have spent an entire lifetime making it?
Click here for ‘The Pasta Grannies’ Cookbook
So, there you have it! We hope that this blog post gave you some ideas for gifts to give those Italian food lovers in your life. If we missed anything, please let us know and we’ll be happy to add more suggestions. And if any of these items make a great gift for someone on your shopping list (or yourself!)
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