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Dad’s favorite beer mugs are from Italy

These Italian made beer mugs put the gusto in your goblet. The hefty glass keeps the brew cold while the shape keeps the bubbles where they should be.

Bormioli Rocco Amadeus 17-Ounce Harmonia Beer Mug, Set of 4

Get this cool Peroni tshirt to have the ultimate Italian beer moment.
Peroni Italy Men's T-Shirt

This may wet your appetite.

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Capresso Ultima delivers easy and perfect espresso

Everyone is trying to build the next, best mouse trap coffee maker. We want it to make the perfect cup of java, super easy to clean, and it shouldn’t require a month’s worth of training to use.

So far, the answer is leaning towards pod based coffee makers. You buy your coffee in individually prepared serving pods, pop them into the machine, and wait for your coffee. The Capresso Ultima gives you this convenience, but doesn’t require the pods.

Capresso Ultima Coffee and Espresso / Cappuccino Machine

Capresso “Ultima” eliminates all the inconvenient and sometimes difficult steps of conventional espresso machines: no more complications with filling, cleaning and rinsing baskets, tamping and hot filter holders.

Just fill in pre-ground coffee to your liking (7 to 15 grams), pull the coffee lever down and turn the pump on. Within seconds the Capresso “Ultima” brews any size cup from one espresso to two six ounce cups of coffee always with wonderful crema on top. The double coffee spout even adjusts to accommodate different size cups.
Capresso Ultima Coffee and Espresso / Cappuccino Machine – Amazon

Some say the secret to good coffee is not the maker, but the grinder. Here’s the matching burr grinder for your beans.

Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinders

If you need the real scoop on espresso machines, listen to Domenic

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Italian Pasta Bike by Marcato

Pasta Bike sounds like a bowl of cute bicycle shaped pasta. Sort of like this bag of bike-a-roni:
Bike-a-roni Bicycle Pasta

But the Marcato Atlas Pasta Bike is actually a sturdy roller for cutting all sorts of pasta including lasagne and tortellini. It’s 9 rollers can be adjusted or removed to create the size of pasta you desire. The wheels are reinforced with metal plates for durability.

Marcato Atlas Pasta Bike

Cathy at Not Eating Out in New York has some great advice when making home-made pasta. She’s got a great recipe for Breakfast Lasagna:

Put the flour in a large, flat-bottomed bowl or wide surface area and create a well in the center. Crack 2 of the eggs into the center and mix up the yolks with your finger. While spinning the eggs with your finger, gradually bring in more flour from the edges of the well.

Keep doing this until you have a workable dough to knead (add more flour if it sticks to your hands, or a spoonful at a time of water if it’s too dry that it won’t come together). Knead dough for at least ten minutes. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

When the dough is ready, cut it into three separate pieces and lightly flour each one before pressing it into thin pasta sheets following your pasta crank’s directions. (If you absolutely insist on not having one of these devices, I suggest a heavily floured rolling pan.)
Breakfast Lasagna– Not Eating Out in New York

Here’s a video of pasta making in Italy.

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Soft Cheese Knives by Alessi

Designed for cutting soft and semi-soft cheeses, with blades hand-forged at Berti Cutlery of Scarperia, Italy. The Alessi La Via Lattea Set of Soft Cheese Knives, created by Anna and Gian Franco Gasparini, has been engineered to ensure that every cut brings out the varied flavors of the cheese.

La Via Lattea Set of Soft Cheese Knives by Alessi

Alessi corkscrew

Once upon a time, Alessandro Mendini designed a little corkscrew in the shape of a lovely maiden. Anna G was her name and she brought Mendini much joy and fame.
Alessi Alessandro M Corkscrew - Siena

But Anna and Mendeni became a bit lonely. So along came Sandro M. Sandro is a happy, dapper little man with a corkscrew where it matters. This version is limited edition and hand painted.

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Pizza (cutter) my heart

It’s practically a law in America for every kitchen to have a pizza cutter. Most are the traditional variety with a large wheel attached to a straight handle. This All-Clad is a good example.

All Clad Large Pizza Cutter

But come on. Pizzas are now fancy. They feature every topping imaginable and the sauces have moved from basic red to white, green, bar-b-q, and even chocolate. So why are you still using the same old cutter?
Let’s look at some fancy pants varieties.

The WMF Profi Plus pizza cutter has two, count them two wheels to slice through the thickest Chicago pizza crusts in a single swipe. It’s like the wonder twins power of pizza.

WMF Profi Plus Stainless Steel Double Wheel Pizza Cutter

This Koziol Design Gaston ergonomic pizza cutter has the silhouette of a Toulouse-Lautrec dancer.

Koziol Design Gaston Ergonomic Pizza Cutter

You can also just get rid of the wheel and go for a good ol’ fashioned pizza knife.
Pizza Knife Twin Handle Rocker

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