Italians are all about food. We are foodies and proud of it. It is a large part of our heritage and we enjoy sharing it with our extended family. The highest honor presented to a specialty food product is called the Sofi awards. They select a Product of the Year award and present Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for amazing taste and innovations in specialty foods.
The 2017 awards have already been announced. If you like to keep up with these distinguished awards the 2018 awards will be announced on April 18 and the Product of the Year is scheduled to be announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City from June 30 - July 2, 2018. Entries for all categories are accepted from all over the world. A Sofi award sets the product apart and tells you it is recognized as a product of distinction for the best in class in each category.
There are other distinguished specialty food award shows such as the New York International Competition, LA International Competition, and the Fancy Food Shows in New York. Look for products who won awards at these shows as well and you will not be disappointed.
I know of no better way to express your love to someone who loves Italian culture than to share authentic Italian food products as a Christmas gift this year. The following are Sofi award-winning products and where you might find them. See the link below for a list of retail stores.
Importer and Wholesaler: Manicaretti - Look for these and other award-winning Italian food products from a retailer in your area or an e-commerce retail store. Go to https://www.manicaretti.com/retail
|Sofi Award-Winning Products||Producer||Region||Serving Suggestions From Manicaretti|
|Farro Couscous||Rustichella D'Abruzzo||Abruzzo||
|Olio Verde Lemon||Gianfranco Becchina
|Sicilian Pistachio Spread with Extra Virgin Olive Oil||II Colle Del Gusto||Lazio||
|Tenuta di Capazzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil||Tenuta di Capazzana||Tuscany||
There are a number of distinguished Italian food retailers that carry award-winning Italian food products. My favorites are Gustiamo (www.gustiamo.com), and Italian Harvest (www.italianharvest.com). Check out their websites for the best in authentic Italian food.
In addition, you can find gift baskets to fill the products at World Market, Pier One, and Target to name a few. So, give the gift every Italian food lover will appreciate...authentic Italian food products.
Happy Holiday Shopping to all!