Io Amo Italia!
I am sure it is no secret that I have a profound love for Italy–it’s history, art, food, wine, geography, geology, designs, accomplishments and people and so much more.
I was just in Italy in January in Northern Italy–and by the way Italy is lovely year round–it was romantic with the beautiful snow capped Alpi. I have seen Italy only when it has plenty of tourists. And now with Coronavirus and I saw constant broadcasts while I was there and I could not imagine just one month later how Italy has been affected. I was thinking and hoping the virus would be contained and controlled though I had a lingering fear.
Italy is now reporting 1,694 cases of Coronavirus and 34 deaths. Milan and Venice are empty–the tourism trade is filling the grips of people cancelling their travel plans to Italy. When you are in Italy–you can figure out quickly how the tourism trade is not a trade but a major industry. I keep reading how this will send Italy’s economy southward.
While many may not be planning to Italy or have cancelled their planned visits–Italy is still and always open for business. While many people will stay away I do think it is important to plan your purchases of Italian food, wine, clothes, art, books, ceramics and anything with Made in Italy. While I always promote Made in Italy not just for the label but for the merits of thoughtful and compelling and high quality products.
When you are out shopping keep Italy in mind–here is a thought starter:
- Wine – just an idea starter–there are so many Italian varieties and regions:
- Sagrantino di Montefalco
- Chianti Classico
- Alto Adige
- Lambrusco di Sorbara
- Alta Langa
- And, of course, there are many more wines
- Food – most if not all of these should be widely available:Pasta
- Olive oil
- Calabrian peppers
- Grano Padano
- Pomodoro – dried, canned – whole and sauces
- Modena Balsamico
- Candies-Cookies – Loacker
- Truffle oil
- And there are hundreds of more Italian ingredients available
- Sparkling and still waters – well known brands and there are a good number of private labels of Italian waters
- Appertivo-digestivo beverages Amari – Cynar, Averna, Ramazzotti, Lucano, and many more
- Aperol, Campari
- Italian Spirits – Grappa, Limoncello, Amaretto, Gin, Sambucca
- Beer – Peroni, Ichnusa, Moretti, Minabrea, Birrificio Lambrate – to name a few
- Coffee – Lavazza, Illy, Caffe Vergnano, Segafredo, Caffe Borbone, Kimbo – to name a few
Clothing – there are so many well known brands (Fendi, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Giorgio Armani etc.) and there are private label lines at US department store retailers like Neiman-Marcus and Saks who have their Italian lines and in general are well priced.
- Hats – Borsalino, Portaluri
- Dress shoes
- Weekend bags
- Pocket squares
And many items for your home and self:
- Ceramics – decorative and tabletop
- Home fragrances – candles, oils
- Soaps, lotions and shampoos
- Glassware – Bormioli
- Household – furniture–my dining room table is from Italy, chairs, couches, rugs, beds, bookshelves and media cabinets
- Household fabrics – Frette
- Art, sculpture and antique
- Journals/diaries – Fabriano
There is so much you can find in your market place for Made in Italy goods. I do shop for Made in Italy all the time not just now. Given the situation in Italy will be my Made in Italy food products meals that I prepare myself–so that I am doing my part and pulling for products from Italy.
So I hope the list above is helpful and in thinking about products from Italy and so think about creating your Made in Italy dinner for your table.
I hope there is containment, control and cure for this terrible contagious and fast moving virus. I hope that the US will do it’s part and provide help via the CDC to all nations that need assistance. And I do hope the CDC/NIH are pivotal in changing the potential course in the US and around the world. I hope that Italy is back to where it was when I was last there and, of course, for all nation-states and people affected for containment and cure.
James the Wine Guy
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