On my recent vacation in Italy, so many accessories caught my attention: an all-glass cooking pot that had me wide-eyed and wanting, tiny glass wine tumblers for pouring civilized quantities of red wine, and woven rattan serving trays too beautiful to try to describe. I wanted to lug all of them home with me. Instead, on return, I figured out where to source most of my finds from the US, priced from $12 to $200, and all made in Italy.
That last point is no mean feat: Of late many venerable design houses have moved production to cheaper markets, making it hard to tell which–if any–of their products are still made in Italy. (Alessi, DeLonghi, and others are guilty of this.) But these 16 standouts are still all-Italian. I also should add that I got help on this roundup from my two best Italian friends. When I asked them to fill me in on kitchen essentials from home, they talked about Parmesan graters, espresso makers, and the all-important (but oddly absent in the US) mezzaluna. Read on–that, too, is easily attainable.
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