It’s no secret that I am a fan of food subscription services. After having the opportunity to sample a few of them, I haven’t had a favorite up until now. I was thrilled when I got an email from Try the World letting me know that they were sending their Italian box my way. What person would be better to sample the Italian box than an avid Italian food and culture lover?
Lo and behold, the news got even better! I was sent two boxes…for reasons I’m not sure why. However, it was fabulous because I was able to try the products included with a few friends and family. The extra servings came in handy and helped me decide which products I liked best.
Cascina San Cassiano—Pesto alla Genovese
Finding the perfect pesto is not always easy, but this was a great substitute for the fresh pesto I used to get at the grocery store in Tuscany. I used almost all of it in the pasta I made, and while it wasn’t quite the same, it was wonderful to have some of the tastes of my time living abroad.
La Pasta di Aldo—Egg Pasta Pappardelle
It’s not an Italian box without pasta. This pasta reminded me of some I made by hand when living in Lucca—and that is the highest compliment since the recipe I used was my friend’s nonna’s. There was enough for two people, and combined it made enough for a family.
Giuliana Caffe—Vivace Flavor
The best thing to have while cooking, after cooking, and before bed? Espresso. This was by far the most authentic treat in the box, and I have an extra saved for later when I find myself missing Italy. You can make it with a percolator or with a Keurig.
Maison della Nocciola—Hazelnut Spread Margherita
So much better than Nutella! I used this to make some sandwiches for work and to spread on some toast for breakfast. Though there isn’t nearly enough in the jar, it makes a nice, sweet treat out of almost any type of bread.
Marabissi—Amaretti alla Mandorla
These are to die for. I dipped them in the espresso that came in the box, but they were great with any type of coffee. I had to stop myself from eating all of them at once—and it was even harder t force myself to share with others.
Societa Agricola Acetomodena—Balsamic Vinegar
Definitely one of the best balsamics I’ve ever had. It’s a small bottle and you are likely to go through it fast, but it tastes authentic and serves as a great condiment for salads, in cooking with onions and garlic, and some pastas.
La Dolce Vita—Risotto
I was a bit scared to try making risotto on my own, so it was nice to have this kit to help me my first time. With a detailed recipe on the back, I was able to combine two packages and have enough risotto to feed both my boyfriend and I and to have leftovers for work.
Sabatino Tartufi—Truffle Zest Seasoning
I was thrilled to find this in the box and it didn’t take long before I had used it on almost EVERYTHING. You name it: popcorn, pasta, chicken drums. Truffles are hard to get (and expensive) even in Italy, so this was a major treat.
Verdict? I’ve been incredibly impressed with Try the World and how they’ve stepped up their game, first with the Snack Box, and now with much more authentic foods that you can use for a variety of purposes. While the subscription service is still a bit more expensive than most Generation-Y travelers might be willing to spend, you can buy individual boxes now depending on which country’s food you like the most.
Does this look good to you?