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Soda stream: We all know how much Italians love their acqua frizzante. This is what we use to make sparkling water at home. It’s also a great way to reduce waste because you can reuse the same bottles rather than buying new ones and throwing them away every time.
Mr. Coffee: Believe it or not, it’s Alberto’s dream to have one of these American coffee makers. This is what I use often in the US because let’s face it, when in Rome! And I like to drink big cups of coffee (not gonna lie). Plus you can program it to have your coffee ready when you wake up. #winning
Moka: If you’re in the US and missing Italy though, a moka is a great way to get your espresso fix without investing in one of those expensive espresso makers (but let’s face it…someday I will own one of those expensive espresso makers!!! Just look at this beauty, but $2000 bucks a pop, oh my!!)
The cutest espresso cups: These expressive espresso cups make me smile!
Stone earth frying pan: A healthier choice
Le Creuset cast iron rectangular roaster: perfect for lasagna
Atlas 150 pasta machine: Make all your pasta dreams come true! I love the Atlas pasta machine because it’s made in Italy. I purchased it after taking a pasta making class at Sur La Table. It makes lasagna noodles so fine that they will melt in your mouth. You can also make spaghetti or other long pasta. Alberto makes tagliatelle from scratch with just a rolling pin, but this pasta machine allows you to get finer noodles and more variety. Nothing tastes better than pasta made from scratch!
Panini press: But don’t think this versatile grill is just for panini…I have accidentally made waffles with it (turned out amazingly crispy!) and we also use it to get that nice grilled effect with burritos. This one has removable plates for easy cleaning. Get some more creative panini press inspiration with this BuzzFeed list of 18 surprising things you can make with a panini press.
Vitamix: This investment is worth every single penny. I cannot live without this Vitamix. It’s so much more than a blender. Finely grate cheese, make bread crumbs, smoothies, soups, desserts. It’s a powerhouse. You can even throw carrots in there and it will turn them into juice (but with all the healthy fiber!!)
Kitchenaid: Gone are the days where you have to manually mix for 5+ minutes! This is every bakers dream. Plus it has different attachments for whipping (homemade whipped cream anyone?) or even kneading dough.
Pasta pot with drainer: The Italian secret to draining pasta. If you’ve ever almost scalded yourself or your your pasta has slipped out while draining, this pot with a strainer insert is the secret to easy draining.
Digital kitchen scale: As an American it’s hard to fathom why you would want to weigh your food. But if you want to make recipes from Italian websites, this little tool will be your best friend. I have also gotten in the habit of weighing my pasta to get the right proportions for the sauce (and my belly).
Mortar & Pestle: To make pesto the old fashioned way (and get a bonus arm workout).
Electric outdoor pizza oven: The next best thing to a wood-fired pizza! This little oven gets hotter than an oven and cooks pizzas to perfection in minutes.
Wooden pizza peel: This is essential to transport your pizza from the kitchen to the pizza oven!
Lemon juicer: I used to always juice lemons & limes by squeezing them over a strainer. This little lemon juicer gets all the juice out while straining out the seeds and collecting the juice in a convenient little measuring cup.