Favorite Italian supermarket finds?

Jun 23rd, 2004, 07:46 AM
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...moi aussi! Not in Italy YET but everywhere I have gone I find a supermarket...I consider it a cultural imperative like the art, architecture..and stuff.
When I was a child, I remember George Harrison saying that the first thing he wanted to see was a US supermarket. (child...hahahahaha....)
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 09:21 AM
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J.: I have looked and looked for a sources for Tesori, but, while they are listed on some Italian websites, there is no way to buy them.
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 11:59 AM
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Thanks, Marty. Alas.
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 01:43 PM
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J.: I have tried other products--expensive and not expensive--in this country that have ginger, but they don't even come close to the same fragrance. I took it into Sephora and asked if they could help me locate a similar scent. They could not, but the salesperson said, "Where did you get this wonderful stuff?"! It only costs about 2 Euros!!!
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Jun 23rd, 2004, 02:59 PM
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I'll be looking for this much talked about Tesori d'Oriente when I go in Oct. I've never heard of it!

Jmw44 - Maybe I'll have to get some of those orange straws too since I'm not very cool either and I'm very easily amused.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 06:00 AM
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ecat, Actually the straws are in assorted colors and they're flexible! Simple pleasures.
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Jun 24th, 2004, 06:19 AM
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I love shopping supermarkets in Europe and Mexico. I will print this thread before my next Italy trip so I can try all the things everyone is recommending especially the porcini boullion cubes.

I brought back the dried porcinis last year. Even with the exchange rate the prices are much better than here. My daughter loves Tronky bars and bought several packs. She always buys lots of gum and candies that are different to bring to friends.
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Jun 26th, 2004, 07:59 AM
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Yes, I just discovered Kinder cereali bars at the Coop in Volterra a few weeks ago, and brought a bunch back. My first stop in European food stores, however, is the yogurt section. They seem to have tastier (and fattier) versions than we do, as well as great flavors unavailable here. Among my favorites are hazelnut (hazelnut flavored, with small chunks of hazelnuts), which I found in Ireland; prune (yes, prune!), which I've found in several countries, and one of my top favorites: unflavored but sweetened yogurt, which I found in Spain and Italy (called dolce bianco in Italy.) (I've tried to sweeten my own plain yogurt at home, but it doesn't seem to be as good.)
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Jul 1st, 2004, 10:44 PM
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Interesting point about the yogurts in UK and Italy. They are definately creamier, better flavors and not so overly sweet like the ones here. I really enjoy the KYR brand in the little glass jars.
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Jul 2nd, 2004, 12:17 AM
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Yes, I like the COOP too......my favorite finds are all those great packaged Italian cookies. They make terrific last minute gifts and they are unique. Also, I pick up several bottles of olive oil in unique containers (usually a ceramic dispenser with painted decorations on it) for myself and also for gifts. It is so cheap there!
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May 25th, 2005, 03:52 PM
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I was searching for something else and came across this old thread. I love supermarkets when traveling. Any updates on this, or is there any wonderful Italian food now available at places like Trader Joe's?
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May 25th, 2005, 04:25 PM
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Ella: Regarding Trader Joes, IMHO, their "Three cheese pizza", packaged in a green box located in the frozen food section is a cheap thrill at $3.99 (about that much I think). It's organic and thin crusted and imported from Italy! It's delicious!

Thanks to you who recommend Tesori d'Oriente in the zenzero fragrance. I hadn't heard of this soap before and will try to grab some on my next (Lord willing) visit.

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May 25th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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Can you help out a fellow supermarket shopper? What is tesori d'oriente soap? What is Aperol? And what is so good about Marvis toothpaste? And tell me more, so I can stock up on my next trip!!
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Aug 31st, 2005, 05:52 PM
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We leave six weeks from today for Venice! Does anyone have anything else to add?
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Sep 6th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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We are leaving on Sept. 26th for Italy and I am looking forward to my supermarket/dept. store shopping trip. I love going into the markets in other countries as well as their "department" stores. You can find real items to bring home that remind you of your visit instead of some touristy souvenirs. Although, touristy souvenirs do have their place, I prefer local items. I love the suggestion for Knorr Porcini bouillion cubs, those will definitely be packed to go! Any more suggestions? Thanks ever so much!
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Sep 6th, 2005, 10:29 AM
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That would be boullion "cubes"... We will be in Rome and the AC. Any specific grocery and/or department stores I should get to?
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Sep 6th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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I am with Calamari on the KYR yogurt. It is delish and the jars are too cute. Also,
Arix sponge cloths
San Pellegrino L’Aranciata soda
Chiquita Mandarin and Green Tea Juice
Galak bars (DH likes these)
LaDoria Nectars in the little jars
Danissimo Yogurt (Bianco Dolce and the one with the chocolate pieces)
Parmalat Peach/Guava juice
Fini Balsamic Vinegar (which I used to get at Williams-Sonoma but find at Auchan here)
Thin breadsticks in the little paper packages
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Sep 7th, 2005, 09:30 AM
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Tessa - What is a Galik bar? If it has chocolate, I'm all there!
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Sep 7th, 2005, 02:45 PM
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lol, no chocolate. It is made by Nestle and is kind of a candy bar with a wafer covered with a chocolate-like substance, but not chocolate flavor, more like vanilla. Does that make sense? They come in yellow wrappers
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