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Some say it’s easy to make a good Italian meal, but having the right kitchen utensils will elevate not only your food, but also the whole experience. We’re featuring some of our favorite items carried in store to make pastas, pizzas, and desserts. Think of it as your must-have list for your Italian kitchen!

 

Pasta

Pasta maker

Test your culinary skills by making your own homemade pasta! Using a reliable and well-made pasta maker can lift your chef status in the kitchen and around the dining table.

Pasta drying rack

If you’re going to make your own pasta, you’re going to want a pasta drying rack. Using a drying rack allows each noodle to dry at the same pace.  

Ravioli forms and stamps

Presenting a plate of perfectly formed ravioli, consistent in shape and size, is an impressive feat. It’s also really easy with the right tool! We have a variety of forms and stamps for your signature ravioli.

Ravioli cutter 

Similar to a pizza cutter, it has small triangular blades on one side and a straight edge on another. It’s two tools in one; a time saver and a way to create beautiful ravioli as an end result.

Gnocchi boards

This small wooden paddle will make creating small gnocchi with consistency and ease. Use this board to help shape the gnocchi and you’ll have no problem!

 

Pizza

Pizza paddle

We love pizza, can you blame us? Using a pizza paddle can help with putting your pizza in the oven and taking it out after it bakes, as well as rotating it for an even bake. Assembling your pizza on the paddle makes an easy transition into the oven.

Deep dish pizza pan

Like all good Midwesterners, there’s a special place in our hearts for deep dish pizza. With this pizza style, you can add in all of your favorite ingredients – vegetables, meats, and cheeses. Bring a taste of Chicago home with a quality deep dish pizza pan.

 

Graters and Slicers

The right grater and slicer can be a game-changer when it comes to preparing your Italian feast. Providing consistency in sizing as well as small, delicate balance for your meal, you’ll impress your friends and family with your cooking skills!

Fresh parmesan graters

The Microplane cube grater is versatile and can be used beyond grating your favorite cheese. After you snag your grater, head over to our cheese selection – we carry a wide variety of cheese for you to choose from, including fresh Parmesan Reggiano, Grana Padana and other aged cheeses. 

Garlic slicer

Garlic is part of a classic Italian dining palate, but can be a pain to peel and chop finely. A garlic chopper is exactly what you’ll need to have perfectly minced garlic for all of your Italian cooking needs.

 

Forms and Makers

Cannoli form

These tools look simple, but a cannoli form will save you from hassle when you’re forming cannoli casings. For the shell, we recommend using an all-purpose Italian 00 Flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, white wine, and olive oil. Pick up G.B. Russo’s filling, a family recipe and perfect for your cannoli!

Pizzelle maker

While this utensil may take up a bit of space in your kitchen, it’s worth it. Pizzelle are the Italian version of a waffle, made from flour, eggs, sugar, Madagascar vanilla extract, butter or vegetable oil. We recommend adding anise extract, which can be found in-store! These sell out quickly, so contact us today to reserve your pizzelle maker.

Espresso maker

As Kelley says, an espresso maker is “my lifesaver when I work until 6am!” Once you’ve found your favorite espresso maker in our store, be sure to pick out some coffee to go with it. We love Illy, a premium Italian coffee brand or our GB Russo Brand Old World Blend Dark Roast.

 

Grocery Items

Now that you’re set with the necessary kitchen utensils, it’s time to focus on the grocery items you’ll want to make your Italian pizza/pasta creations authentic and delicious.

Flour

Chefs claim 00 Flour (pronounced ‘double-oh’) is the best flour to use.  It is a very finely ground flour that can be used to make pizza, pasta, bread, cakes, and more. Gluten free? No problem! We also carry gluten free flour options.

Dipping Herbs

Try adding Villa Russo Dipping Herbs to your pasta or pizza for an added flavor boost or anything your heart can imagine. Let your taste buds be your guide. The possibilities are endless!

Visit us today to find more kitchen essentials to help you make your next Italian entrée the best yet!