Shopping for gourmet Italian goodies is one of my favorite pastimes. However, for the holidays, I must buckle down and buy them for OTHER people. I compromise by buying two of everything - one for me and one for them.
One fantastic resource for online Italian foodie gifting is Gustiamo. Their selection is top notch and comprehensive.
The above items are all from the Gustiamo online shop and are perfect for the Italian food snob on your list. Right after that chunk of coal you were going to throw in their stocking. Let's go through 'em:
2. Fancy Tomatoes: Getting San Marzano tomatoes from Italy might seem like a bit of an indulgence, but it IS the holidays. And these little numbers will kick your holiday pizzas up quite a few notches. You are making pizza for the holidays, right? Phew... Read all about San Marzano's here and get a can or five here.
4. Panettone: A traditional holiday Italian bread - Panettone is one part bread (think brioche in texture), one part cake (it is sweet) and allllll festive. Cut giant slices and make French-Italian toast for your Christmas breakfast. Or toast it up and serve with a dollop of mascarpone cheese and berries. Check it out here and buy a bundle here.
5. Gianduja spread: a spread made from chocolate and hazelnuts. Break out the spoons, this one if from Molina - where they take chocolate very seriously. You can count on a quality chocolate selection. Read about their spread and chocolates here and buy a jar (for me) here.