Giada's favorite Italian foods you can buy stateside
"I eat olive oil with almost everything—from my oatmeal in the morning to salads to cooking with it, there’s no such thing as too much olive oil!"
"I also love Calabrian Chili from the brand Tutto Calabria Crushed Hot Chili Peppers. A little bit of this gives the perfect amount of Italian-style heat."
"Anchovy paste adds a certain salty, depth of flavor that is hard to replicate with any other ingredient. Bonus, it easily dissolves right into oil so people don't even have to know it's there."
"This is one of the best dried pastas on the market. It has the perfect chewiness and when cooked al dente, tastes just like fresh pasta."
"These tomatoes are perfect for pasta sauces and I prefer them over a blended canned tomato sauce. They're more flavorful and give the perfect touch of sweetness."
"My favorite olives! Perfect for snacking, salads or sauces."
And what about the things you can only get in Italy?
"Italy has the best dried oregano that comes on the branch! A little goes a long way. Also things like Calabrian Chilies and Colatura di Alici, which can be hard to find back in LA, have a permanent spot in my pantry," Giada says.
"Of course I also bring home boxes full of biscotti, candies, chocolates and cookies from local shops and pasticerias, though that normally turns into my in-flight snack heading back," she says. "If I could really bring anything back in my suitcase, I’d bring back the water and flour to make real pizza and pasta like they do in Italy… and gelato!"