Ditalia is bringing the flavors of Italy to your door

By Christina Mueller

Sicilian heritage might not guarantee a passion for good food, but for the Di Piazza family, the two have always gone hand in hand. So when Sicilian immigrant Vincenzo Di Piazza had trouble finding the cherished foods of his homeland locally in St. Louis, he knew he needed to do something about it. Returning to Italy, Vincenzo sought out artisanal producers to source these simple yet essential ingredients—those that ignited his passion for food and cooking, and defined his sense of self, family, and community.

In doing so, he also happened to change the entire culinary landscape.

Launched in 1987, Di Piazza’s company, Ditalia, has inspired American food lovers to explore the diversity of Italian cuisine, and find community in the experience of sharing a great meal. Ditalia took to the internet in 1997, becoming one of the first businesses to offer rare Italian specialty foods and gift baskets online.

The Di Piazza family has made it easy to experience everything Italian cuisine has to offer. And with the holidays approaching, Ditalia’s special antipasti sets and gift baskets are just what your celebration deserves!

Ditalia’s  Easy Entertainer Antipasti set, pictured above, has everything you need to entertain friends and family the Italian way. Featuring classic antipasti vegetables, artisan salumi and cured meats, Montasio and Caciocavera cheese, and crispy Grissini breadsticks, this set is perfect for both entertaining and gifting.

In honor of Ditalia’s 20th anniversary, BlackboardEats subscribers are invited to share the Ditalia love with 30 percent off anything and everything on the entire site.
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In a traditional Italian meal, antipasti is the first course, consisting of platters featuring a variety of snacks, like cured meats, vegetables in extra virgin olive oil, cheeses, and bread. To make the most of the Easy Entertainer Antipasti set, enjoy it with light beverages, like prosecco or refreshing cocktails. The course is all about pairing flavors and textures—nutty cheese with sweet sun-dried tomatoes, thin slices of prosciutto wrapped around a crunchy breadstick... the possibilities are endless!

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Caciocavera cheese is made by Lovera's, the award-winning Italian-American cheesemakers from Oklahoma. Caciocavera is inspired by the Italian caciocavallo cheese. The name, which translates to “cheese on horseback,” refers to the way this hand-formed cheese is aged: The cheeses are hung side-by-side from a wooden board, allowing rich flavors to fully develop.