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From left to right (top).

1.
Michele Portoghese bucatini pasta

2.
I Sapori di Corbara tinned tomatoes

3.
Pan di Stelle biscuits

4.
Sanbittèr soft drink

5.
Campari aperitivo

6.
Fratelli Contorno caponata sauce

7.
Don Antonio sauce

8.
Sai sea salt

9.
Tartufi Morra truffle oil

10.
Riso Riccò rice

11.
Lavazza coffee

12.
Mutti passata

13.
Cipriani bellini

14.
Ringo biscuits

15.
Palmera tinned tuna

16.
Pastiglie Leone pastille sweets

17.
Luglio olive oil

From left to right (bottom).

18.
Flott anchovies

19.
Punt e Mes vermouth

20.
Peroni beer

21.
Riseria Capittini rice

22.
Baci chocolates

23.
Pavesini biscuits

24.
Metelliana tinned cherry tomatoes

25.
Acqua Panna water

26.
Fabbri mint syrup

27.
Davide Barbero chocolate

28.
Caffarel Gianduia chocolates

29.
Olio Barbera olive oil

30.
Narello artichoke hearts

31.
Ciomod chocolate bar

32.
Aperol aperitivo

33.
La Grande Ruota polenta

34.
Star stock cubes


Why nonna knows best

by Chiara Rimella

Many Italians are custodians of recipes involving minuscule but vital variations on classic dishes; it goes without saying that each purports their nonna’s lasagne to be the best. The idea of a family eating dinner at separate times is anathema. There’s something sacred about setting the table, taking a seat and focusing on the food and company. Even midweek meals are prepared with creativity and flair; an invitation to somebody’s house is an occasion for the host to show off the best from their everyday repertoire. Compliments are to be doled out plentifully, while enormous second helpings should always be accepted. Abundance goes hand in hand with affection. Pizza, pasta and Italian wine might have become staples from Singapore to São Paulo but isn’t it time that the rest of us took notice of how Italians eat? Seasonal food, enjoyed together, at a table – a sensible diet that would work the world over.

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monocle roamed the length of the nation and The Monocle Book of Italy is the result of our dedicated reporting. Join us as we throw down our towels at the best beaches, call in at vineyards, furniture fairs and maybe even a disco or two. See Italy through a whole new lens. The book, published by Thames & Hudson, is available now from monocle.com/shop.

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