There’s a lot of discussion about what constitutes great chocolate. Is it smooth? Is it infused with exotic flavors? Is it good for your health? At DITALIA, we believe that if it’s made with care and makes you smile, then it’s probably pretty great.
At DITALIA, we believe that if it’s made with care and makes you smile, then it’s probably pretty great.
In Italy, it would be hard to find a chocolate that doesn’t satisfy these criteria, but we thought we’d share a few of our favorites to give you a head start!
Unofficially dubbed “the Italian capital of chocolate,” the northern Italian city of Turin has been churning out delightful delicacies since the early 1800’s. Pier Paul Caffarel joined the ranks of Italy’s best chocolatiers when he opened his chocolate lab out of a former tannery in 1826. Most notable for their ‘Gianduiotti,’ Caffarel’s boat-shaped chocolates are cherished as some of the sweetest Valentine’s Day gifts in Italy. Our new Dark Chocolate Gianduia bar, a rich dark chocolate twist on the classic hazelnut Gianduiotto, is the perfect way to take part in the tradition!
On the hunt for the world’s best single-origin cocoa beans, Cecilia Tessieri of Amadei is a pioneer in the in the field of chocolate. Striving for excellence and authenticity, Tessieri travels to far away cocoa plantations, all in an effort to convey the essence of each region through her chocolate. This effort is made abundantly clear in her ‘Pistacchi’ White Chocolate bar, where she gently blends the creamy vanilla flavors of white chocolate with the crunch of salty pistachios.
We’re constantly looking for ways to bring traditional tastes and techniques into our modern kitchens. This is exactly why we created our Amaretti Cookie Crumble Bark! Classic Lazzaroni Amaretti cookies are crumbled and combined with rich dark chocolate. Nominated for a SOFI for “Outstanding Chocolate” in 2014, this treat is an instant crowd pleaser!
Though these sweets aren’t chocolate, we couldn’t deny them a spot on our list of favorites. True to their Piedmontese origins, these delectable desserts are testaments to the power of pure ingredients. Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the slow food movement, Piedmont is a region best known for its wines and a devotion to honoring tradition while adding a contemporary twist. It’s no wonder these morsels are a match made in heaven. Primo Pan’s Corn Cookies are the perfect companion to the subtle flavors of I Peccati Di Ciacco’s Zabajone Moscato Custard.
Handmade in San Giuseppe, Sicily, these cannoli shells by Leone Cannolificio are sheer perfection. San Giuseppe is situated just outside of bustling Palermo and boasts not only these splendid cannoli, but is also home to much of the DITALIA and Di Piazza family! With chocolate baked right into the dough, these shells are best accompanied by our creamy cannoli filling (studded with chocolate chips), and garnished with an Amarena cherry. Using simple ingredients, Leone Cannolificio creates a true cannoli that is fit to share at any celebration!