The day I got back from Italy, I had a cheeseburger from In-N-Out (it’s the only fast food burger I’ll eat). Compared to the burger that I had just a few days before at the Drunken Duck, it was just….average. Edible, but nothing special….but good for a fast food burger I guess!
I was desperate to eat some REAL Italian food, not the “Italian” food we have in the States that always seems to include basil, oregano, tomatoes and mozzarella (yes, these are ingredients that Italians use frequently, but not always together and WAAAAAY better quality than ours!).
Here are the products imported from Italy that I could find at Trader Joes (plus their price). I’d love to see Bear compare the price and similar products that are available in Italy.
Prosciutto di Parma – $6.49
I know there’s different types of prosciutto, but this one had a more “raw” flavor and wasn’t as delicate and didn’t melt in my mouth like the ones I ate in Italy.
Pecorino Romano – $4.94
The price is according to weight, so I tried to choose a small one! It has that salty Pecorino flavor, but something seems off. It says it’s made in Italy, so maybe it’s my mind playing tricks on me, but it just doesn’t taste as good as it did in Italy!
Pane Guttiau – $2.99
This was a delicate, paper thin cracker, made out of simple pure ingredients like olive oil, salt, and semolina flour. I have never heard of it before, but apparently it’s from Sardinia. We ended up putting prosciutto on it, which was delicious. I would definitely buy these crackers again!
Cento Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes – $ 3.99
Gnocchi – $1.69
These gnocchi were a little gummy (not sure if it’s the ingredients or how they were cooked). Not bad, as long as you use a good sauce.
Prosecco – $7.99
I chose a slightly more expensive Prosecco because it said Treviso on the label (now I can say I’ve been there…thanks Bear!).
As you can see, authentic Italian food is hard to come by in the States. Next time I’ll try Whole Foods, which is a lot more expensive, but will probably have a better selection of Italian meats and cheeses.