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Buying Things from Italy in the US

Pauline Kenny

Yes, it is fun to shop in Italy, but then you have to carry it all home. Shipping from Italy is slow and expensive, but can be done. Here is my list of online stores where you can buy nice things from Italy or where they ship from Italy.

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Kitchen Things

Armando Poggi: www.apoggi.com
Large store in Florence with a web site for shopping. Ceramics, kitchenware, etc.

Bella Italia: www.bellaitaliaonline.com
Delivering la dolce vita to your home.

Sur La Table: www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table is a high quality kitchen store that started in Seattle. The Seattle store, near Pike's Market, is a great store. I recently bought a terra cotta pot for baking potatoes from them. It is from Ceramiche Lotti in San Gimignano (Tuscany). It was not expensive (around $10) and makes great potatoes. Just wash the potatoes and put them in the pot with salt and rosemary and bake for an hour. The instructions say bake for 35 minutes, but that doesn't work for me. The potatoes come out beautifu.

Whole Latte Love: www.wholelattelove.com
Italian espresso machines and everything to do with coffee.

Food

Bella Italia: www.bellaitaliaonline.com
Delivering la dolce vita to your home.

Dean and Deluca: www.deananddeluca.com
This New York City store sells many food things from Italy: olive oil, cheese, etc.

Doral Gourmet: www.doralgourmet.com
Importers of Italian food based in NY. No prices given on web site; you phone to order.

Esperya: www.esperya.com
Food, tableware, books, gifts from Italy.

Peck: www.peck.it
Deli in Milan. You can order online.

Purely Organic: www.purelyorganic.com
Organic gourmet Italian products (olive oil, pasta, etc.)

A Taste of Italy Foods: atasteofitalyfoods.com
Importers of Italian food based in NJ. Foods just like you find in Italy - even porcini in oil! Owner, Steve Barone.

Williams Sonoma: www.williams-sonoma.com
At Christmas time they sell the Massa Marittima Panforte from Le Logge. They make a special Panforte (the Siena speciality of a flat cake made with nuts and candied fruit has been made here since the times when Siena ruled this area). They have a light and a dark variety - Panforte il Balestro and Panforte Nero il Balestro. Williams Sonoma sells the light.

See my Notes about Olive Oil for places to purchase.

Art, Jewelry, Ceramics, etc.

Artistica: www.artistica.com
Beautiful handmade Italian ceramics shipped from Florida.

Bella Italia: www.bellaitaliaonline.com
Delivering la dolce vita to your home.

Carina: www.carinacharms.com
A store in San Francisco with charms, murano, ceramics, art, etc. from Italy.

Duccio Nacci: www.duccionacci.it
A photographer with a shop in San Gimignano (Tuscany), but you can order online.

Life in Italy: www.lifeinitaly.com
Information about Italy by an Italian living in the US, purchase Italian products (ceramics, mosaics) and real estate.

Mask Italia: www.maskitalia.com
Masks from Italy.

San Lorenzo Market: www.sanlorenzo-market.com
Order from the famous Florence market - leather goods.

Venetia Studium: www.fortunylamps.com
Recommended by Liz from Canada: Beautiful silk lamps like no other and much much less when ordered directly from the manufacturer.
Pauline notes: It is a "difficult" website. Click on the "@" to get the email address. Order by email.

Venice Mask Shop: www.venicemaskshop.com
Venetian masks.

Other

AS Roma Store: www.asromastore.it
Italian sports things.

Biondablu: www.biondablu.com
Italian made handbags. Kathi Olsen of Biondablu writes: "I have a site that sells imported Italian leather handbags with a page called "Dreaming of Italy" which I am slowly filling with photos and stories about great places in Italy and Italian businesses."

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