Pizza, pasta, gnocchi – there are just too many Italian classics to name. Many of us are lucky to have these favorites at our fingertips, but dried pasta you put to boil or ordering a takeaway pizza will never compare to the freshly-made version.
It may seem you only have the chance to eat fresh Italian cuisine when paying big bucks at a restaurant, but that is no longer the case.
You can become your own Italian chef in your kitchen when you have the right tools to use. We’ve found some of the simplest and easy-to-use kitchen gadgets and gizmos that will help you make your favorite foods that will taste absolutely *chef’s kiss*.
Roccar Manual Pasta Maker
Go back to the traditional methods with this manual pasta maker. Using the crank, it rolls and kneads the pasta to make eight different thicknesses of pasta. There are adjustable rollers to make your preferred thickness and can choose between two different shapes of pasta to cut: vermicelli or fettuccine.
Most people know that although gnocchi is often considered pasta, it’s an entirely different beast, made using potato and flour. You can now make your own uniquely-shaped gnocchi with these wooden paddles.
They are designed specifically to create the curves seen in the gnocchi shape created with the deep grooves on the paddle. You roll your gnocchi dough down the paddle and you’ll have your shape – so simple! On top of this, if you’ve got your own recipe, these paddles can also be used to make your own homemade butter.
Checkered Chef Pizza Cutter and Cutting Board Set
One of the most annoying aspects of ordering a pizza is seeing how uneven the slices are. This cutting board set helps you cut eight even slices for everyone to share. It comes with a rocker pizza cutter made for quick slicing and a board with indents to act as a guide to your cutting.
Wooden Pappardelle Pasta Maker
Made in Italy, this rolling pin can make the perfect-sized pappardelle pasta by hand. Just roll the pin across your dough and your ribbons will be made – it couldn’t be any easier!
Magic Skin Spaghetti Measure Tool
While you could probably eat kilos of pasta if you wanted (believe me, I certainly want to!), it is certainly something to eat in moderation. This handy tool helps you measure the portions of spaghetti for each person so you don’t cook too little or too much and have it go to waste.
Davis & Waddell Napoli Round Pizza Stone with Rack
Made from ceramic, this simple pizza stone will help evenly cook your pizza in your standard kitchen oven. Just preheat the stone in the oven, add your base and toppings, place it back into the oven, and soon enough you’ll have a mouth-watering dish.
Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto, by Marc Vetri
Everyone has got to start somewhere. This cookbook will start off your skills and knowledge around your favorite pasta, gnocchi, and risotto dishes. It also has extra information on making your own pasta sauce and how best to store your freshly-made pasta.
Avanti Pasta Drying Rack
One of the crucial steps of making pasta is leaving it to dry before cooking. This drying rack is a great option. It has 16 20-centimeter arms that can rotate so they can be staggered for more drying space and work well for longer strands. It also comes with a 29-centimeter wand that helps carry the pasta from the machine to the drying rack.
MasterPro Electric Pizza Maker
You don’t need a huge, expensive pizza oven to cook high-quality pizzas in your own home. This MasterPro Electric Pizza Maker can cook pizza within five minutes and reaches a temperature of 330°C. If you haven’t got the time to make your pizza from scratch, it’s also great for reheating frozen pizzas and can even cook toasted sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls and so much more.
Gemsie Pasta Strainer
Save yourself from accidental hot water scalds or tipping your perfectly-cooked meal into the sink with this attachable pasta strainer. It attaches to different shapes and sizes of pots, pans, and bowls to drain all the water without your pasta leaving the pot.
Philips Compact Pasta and Noodle Maker
If you’re lacking time and don’t have the energy to knead your pasta dough, this machine can do all the hard work for you. The Philips Compact Pasta Maker automatically kneads and shapes the dough ahead of cooking your pasta. It can make up to three servings of pasta in as little as 18 minutes.
It can shape the pasta as spaghetti, penne, and fettuccine, and even includes a small recipe book to turn your pasta creations into a delicious meal. Better yet, this recipe book has instructions on how to make gluten-free pasta, so no one has to miss out.
Ooni Koda 12 Gas Pizza Oven
The Ooni Koda pizza oven is the king of pizza ovens. Measuring 62 centimetres x 39 centimetres x 29 centimetres, and using a gas connection, the oven will reach a heat of up to 500°C and will cook your pizza within 60 seconds. Not many pizza drivers can beat that, even with their 30-minute guarantee.
Ravioli Maker Starter Kit
This ravioli starter kit will help you cook like a pro in no time. The kit comes with three different shapes and sizes of ravioli molds, as well as a recipe book with 44 recipes for the dough, fillings, and sauces. If you’re looking to try something new, it’s also great for making dumplings, pierogies, and empanadas.
Avanti Non Stick Professional Cannoli Tubes
Is it really a meal if you don’t end with dessert? One of the most underrated desserts is cannolis, and it’s time to give them the attention they deserve. Make your own delectable dessert with these cannoli tubes.
Each of the four tubes included is 14 centimeters long and has a non-stick coating, so you can easily wrap your dough around. All that’s left is to cook in oil until golden brown, remove the tube, fill with cream or custard and enjoy.