You will always find something Italian in my kitchen: truffles and prosecco in my refrigerator, a wine cellar of Italian wines, and some fresh pasta than I can drop into water at the drop of a hat for my girls!
When it comes to creating the dishes at Scarpetta, it always starts with sourcing the finest ingredients. And given the accessibility we have today to many great Italian products, it’s easier than ever to create fantastic dishes at home with authentic Italian flavors.
1. Trucioleto Barrel-Aged Red Wine Vinegar
This soft, aromatic vinegar comes from the grapes’ first press, aged in oak barrels.
Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market buonitalia.com
2. Guanciale, Pancetta, and Salumi
Traditional skills and oldworld recipes make Salumeria Biellese a favorite spot for authentic Italian salumi.
Salumeria Biellese salumeriabiellese.com
3. Gran Mugnaio 00 Flour
Known for having “no lumps,” this 00 flour hails from the mill in the little town of Coccolia that’s been grinding wheat since 1445.
Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market
4. Urbani Truffles
Founded in 1850, this familyrun company is the premier source for seasonal Italian truffles from Umbria.
5. Mozzarella di Bufala
Crafted from the milk of water buffaloes in the Campagnia region, this cheese is feather-light and unmistakably rich; delicate and assertively full-flavored; and buttery, grassy, and tangy—all at the same time.
6. Fresh Plum Tomatoes
Always hand-picked at the peak of ripeness, so they taste the way tomatoes should taste.
Lucky’s Tomatoes luckytomatoes.com
7. Moretti Polenta Bramata
A yellow, more finely ground version of traditional polenta from the Bergamo area of Lombardy.
Buon Italia, Salumeria Biellese, or Whole Foods
8. Illy Espresso Beans
Specializing in one blend in three roast variations that are produced in Trieste, Italy.
9. Solo di Bruna Parmigiano-Reggiano
Made solely from the milk of Italian Brown cows, this classic cheese offers salty, umamiladen flakiness that yields to deep buttery and caramel notes with a nutty crunch.
Murray’s Cheese murrayscheese.com
10. Pasta di Gragnano IGP
A unique line of bronze-die pasta made from local wheat in a small town south of Naples.
Alma Gourmet almagourmet.com
11. Fresh Spices of Any Kind
The best spices and blends from around the world are sourced by Chef Lior Lev Sercarz.
La Boîte Biscuits and Spices laboiteny.com
12. Amedei Chocolate
Awarding-winning chocolate from Tuscany using singleorigin and single-varietal cocoa beans.