Masseria Maida’s sweet and floral fig jam is made from white Cilento figs grown in the southern region of Campania ($15.50 for 7.8 oz; gustiamo.com).
The Lunardi honey, infused with shavings of white truffle, is earthy yet delicate and lovely drizzled over a hard cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano ($17 for 4.6 oz; Market Hall Foods, 888-952-4005).
La Gallinella’s polenta, milled from corn grown near the river Po, is especially sweet ($3 for 26 oz; available at specialty food stores).
La Primavera Chickpeas from the Andolfo brothers are so perfectly creamy, they taste like they’re freshly cooked ($3 for 12.35 oz; agferrari.com).
Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread
These pearl-size capers from La Favorita Fish are grown on the island of Pantelleria, in between Sicily and Africa, and picked just before they’re ready to flower, making them extra-aromatic ($46 for 2.2 lb; chefshop.com).
Olive OilâPacked Tuna
Ás do Mar’s tender tuna packed in olive oil is ultra-luscious, since it comes from the most prized cut: the belly (ventresca) ($8 for 4.4 oz; cortibros.biz).
Benedetto Cavalieri’s buttery, lightly sweet semolina penne rigate is made slowly, with long kneading and drying times that help develop the flavor and texture ($5.99 for 1 lb; amazon.com).