10 Products Under $50 to Help to Cook Like an Italian in Your Own Home

by Anne Roderique-Jones

10 Products Under $50 to Help to Cook Like an Italian in Your Own Home

by Anne Roderique-Jones
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You might not be able to jet off to Italy, but you can eat like an Italian — and cook like one, too. From a designated knife to break apart Parmesan cheese to the most amazing lasagna pan, here are 10 products to help you cozy in and cook like an Italian in your own kitchen.

You might not be able to jet off to Italy, but you can eat like an Italian — and cook like one, to boot. From a designated knife to break apart Parmesan cheese to the most amazing lasagna pan, here are 10 products to help you cozy in and cook like an Italian in your own kitchen.

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An Olivewood Spoon

Visit the Tuscan region of Italy, and you’ll come across beautifully made olivewood products, like cooking spoons. These wooden spoons don’t conduct heat so they’re ideal for stirring sauces, soups, and risotto. This one is handcrafted in Europe and is pretty enough to leave on the countertop. Buy it now

Visit the Tuscan region of Italy, and you’ll come across beautifully made olivewood products, like cooking spoons. These wooden spoons don’t conduct heat so they’re ideal for stirring sauces, soups, and risotto. This one is handcrafted in Europe and is pretty enough to leave on the countertop. Buy it now. 

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A Pasta Maker

It’s impossible to think about an Italian meal without dreaming about homemade pasta. It may sound daunting, but you can make it yourself. This product allows you to adjust the knob to control the thickness of pasta — so you can impress everyone at your next dinner party. Buy it now

It’s impossible to think about an Italian meal without dreaming about homemade pasta. It may sound daunting, but you can make it yourself. This product allows you to adjust the knob to control the thickness of pasta — so you can impress everyone at your next dinner party. Buy it now. 

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A Mezzaluna

All of the fragrant ingredients found in Italian cuisine — onion, garlic, herbs — are chopped by a mezzaluna. This stainless steel one is made in Italy and has ultra-efficient beechwood handles. To chop, simply rock the mezzaluna side to side. Buy it now

All of the fragrant ingredients found in Italian cuisine — onion, garlic, herbs — are chopped by a mezzaluna. This stainless steel one is made in Italy and has ultra-efficient beechwood handles. To chop, simply rock the mezzaluna side to side. Buy it now. 

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This Moka Pot Espresso Maker

It’s rare to find an Italian stovetop that’s not adorned with a moka pot, a stovetop espresso maker of sort. The result? An intensely flavored, velvety-smooth flavor that you’d find in an Italian bar (our version of a café). This Moka, which was made and designed in Italy, makes over nine ounces of espresso in under five minutes. Bonus: It's also great for making tiramisu. Buy it now

It’s rare to find an Italian stovetop that’s not adorned with a moka pot, a stovetop espresso maker of sort. The result? An intensely flavored, velvety-smooth flavor that you’d find in an Italian bar (our version of a café). This Moka, which was made and designed in Italy, makes over nine ounces of espresso in under five minutes. Bonus: It's also great for making tiramisu. Buy it now. 

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A Gnocchi Board

This genius utensil allows you to make gnocchi (no small feat) like a Nonna. Simply cut the dough into small pieces and roll down the board. The little groves imprint into the pasta, which holds the sauce. Buy it now

This genius utensil allows you to make gnocchi (no small feat) like a Nonna. Simply cut the dough into small pieces and roll down the board. The little groves imprint into the pasta, which holds the sauce. Buy it now. 

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A Parmesan Knife

Who knew: This knife is specifically designed for our favorite cheese. A parmesan knife (also called a grana knife) is made with an almond-shaped blade that’s designed to break apart hard cheeses. Buy it now.

Who knew: This knife is specifically designed for our favorite cheese. A parmesan knife (also called a grana knife) is made with an almond-shaped blade that’s designed to break apart hard cheeses. Buy it now.

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A Sturdy Pot

Italian grandmas always seem to have a pot of something delicious simmering on the stove. You'll need a product that's sturdy, like an enameled cast iron or a Dutch oven, to make a batch of your own bolognese. Buy it now

Italian grandmas always seem to have a pot of something delicious simmering on the stove. You'll need a product that's sturdy, like an enameled cast iron or a Dutch oven, to make a batch of your own bolognese. Buy it now. 

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A Baking Dish

You can’t forget lasagna. This extra-deep baking dish is made for piling layers upon layers of lasagna noodles. Simply bake it until bubbly, pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle in for a movie night. Perhaps La Dolce Vita? Buy it now.

You can’t forget lasagna. This extra-deep baking dish is made for piling layers upon layers of lasagna noodles. Simply bake it until bubbly, pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle in for a movie night. Perhaps La Dolce Vita? Buy it now.

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A Food Mill

A food mill, or passatutto, is a common kitchen tool in Italy. It's used to make everything from fish soup to tomato sauce (the secret to making the perfect sauce? Separating the tomato skins and seeds from the actual tomato "meat"). Buy it now.

A food mill, or passatutto, is a common kitchen tool in Italy. It's used to make everything from fish soup to tomato sauce (the secret to making the perfect sauce? Separating the tomato skins and seeds from the actual tomato "meat"). Buy it now.

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An Italian Cookbook

As soon as you open up Tasting Italy, you'll feel as if you've been transported to the dreamy Italian countryside. The cookbook is comprised of 300 photographs and 30 maps of the country — plus a ton of authentic recipes from each region. Buy it now.

As soon as you open up Tasting Italy, you'll feel as if you've been transported to the dreamy Italian countryside. The cookbook is comprised of 300 photographs and 30 maps of the country — plus a ton of authentic recipes from each region. Buy it now.

Trevi Fountain, Rome
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Note From The Editor

Note: ShermansTravel uses affiliate links in this article to generate revenue. When you purchase an item after following one of these links, ShermansTravel may receive a commission. The items in this article were chosen independently by ShermansTravel’s editorial team.

Note: ShermansTravel uses affiliate links in this article to generate revenue. When you purchase an item after following one of these links, ShermansTravel may receive a commission. The items in this article were chosen independently by ShermansTravel’s editorial team.

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