Italian Food Christmas Ornaments

by sockii

Decorate your Christmas tree with these delightful ornaments celebrating Italian food: one of the most popular cuisines in the world!

"Italian food is made with love," they say...and love, too, is what the holiday season is all about! The Christmas ornaments featured on this page are a wonderful assortment of cute, clever and lovely collectible gems all featuring the ingredients and dishes typical of Italian cuisine.

They're just perfect for an Italian family Christmas tree, whether your own or perhaps as a gift to someone you know who is passionate about Italian food. You'll never believe some of the whimsical designs these artists and manufacturers have created, and if you're like me then they'll probably get you hungry just looking at them!

Pasta-Themed Christmas Ornaments

Pasta is, of course, one of the building blocks of Italian cuisine. The ornaments below either feature classic pasta noodle shapes or finished Italian entrees that we all know and love.

This fun pair of ornaments is made to look like boxes of artisinal pasta..."Handcrafted in Italy", of course! The ornaments are made out of resin and are well detailed front, back, and sides. 

How about a single perfect ravioli? 2.5" in size, this glass and resin ornament is big enough to really stand out on a Christmas tree and is great for a serious pasta lover! (It's also inexpensive enough you can get a number of them for your tree to really go for a "foodie" theme!)

Manicotti...a favorite of homey, Italian-American cuisine (that's right, it's not native to Italy itself but to Italian-American immigrants. Manicotti is a delicious dish of large pasta tubes classically filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, served in a tomato marinara sauce. 

This absolutely wonderful Christmas ornament by Kurt Adler celebrates this favorite dish perfectly. The colors of the sauce and the plate are even perfectly Christmas-y (and Italian!), all red, white and green. It would be great for someone who remembers his or her own Italian mother's manicotti from childhood.

Now this trio of ornaments really celebrates Italian pasta in style! Whether you love lasagna, ravioli, or pasta noodles in cheese sauce, there's an ornament here for each, full of rich color and detail and made of fine glass. These are really keepsakes you'll want to treasure, or give as a gift to someone who is a serious pasta lover. 

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Italian Cooking Ingredients

Ornaments celebrating the staples of Italian cooking and recipes
Pack of 8 Noble Gems Glass Italian Food Salami, Olive Oil, Prosciut...

If you thought the pasta ornaments were whimsical, then get a look at this collection! It features four basic ingredients used so much in Italian cooking: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and salami. There are actually two of each design in this set, so you can really fill up your Christmas tree with tasty ingredients. Or, maybe keep one set of four for yourself and give the other four to someone else as a gift? The choice is yours. These are made of glass and 3.5" in size, so they will definitely make a statement and be a fun conversation piece!

What is prosciutto?

Prosciutto is a dry-cured ham, typical of Italian cuisine. It is not cooked or smoked like a typical ham, but salted and aged by air-drying for an extended period of time. The result is a sweet, luscious meat that is enjoyed thin-sliced on salads, antipasti platters, sandwiches or even draped on a pizza after baking. A classic Italian antipasto choice is to serve sweet slices of melon wrapped in prosciutto for a salty-sweet treat.

Here we have another set of ornaments celebrating the staples of the Italian deli. Prosciutto and salami again, along with parmesan and provolone cheese. These are beautifully made of resin to recreate the way they'd look hanging in any Italian deli window or display.  

Prosciutto hams hanging in a deli window in Rome, Italy
Prosciutto hams hanging in a deli window in Rome, Italy
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Of course, you can't finish off an Italian meal without at least a little Parmesan cheese! It's a vital part of so many dishes: risottos, lasagna, shaved on salads, served by itself with a little balsamic vinegar. Just hold back on the cheese when eating seafood, please!

This mouth-blown, hand-painted ornament from Poland is perfect for cheese-lovers.

What about pizza?

Don't worry, I didn't forget about pizza! In fact there are so many Christmas ornaments featuring pizza themes that I've created a whole separate page about them. You can check it out at the link below:

Bring a taste of Italy to your Christmas tree this year with some of these fun and unique pizza Christmas ornaments.

Are You Ready for Dessert?

Of course no Italian feast would be complete without some finishing sweets... 

Here we have another great trio of ornaments spotlighting Italian sweet treats. We have a plate of delicious cannoli (filled with sweet cheese and chocolate chips, of course!) a classic tiramisu cake, and a cup of cappuccino. Of course, in Italy one does not drink cappuccino after breakfast time; it is a morning "sweet" to go along with pastries. But elsewhere people enjoy cappuccino at all times of the day or night.

If one cannoli isn't enough for you, why not get this pair of glass ornaments from Poland? Colorful and shiny, these also come in a nice box for easy gift-giving.

At the end of a fine Italian meal, you can't leave without a cup of espresso! These ornaments all celebrate the classic Italian coffee brew. There's a traditional stove top espresso pot like you'll find it most all Italian households. There are fancy machines for making espresso and cappuccino like in a restaurant or corner bar/coffee shop. And of course two lovely espresso cups, in shiny glass and glitter. 

Are You Ready for a Very Italian Christmas Now?

Updated: 09/04/2015, sockii
 
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sockii on 09/05/2015

Well, you can order it any time of day (in Italy) but it's a sure sign that you're a foreigner if you do so outside of breakfast hours. Italians consider it a morning beverage.

Mira on 09/05/2015

Yum. I didn't know cappuccino was served only at breakfast. Your articles on Italy are wonderful.

blackspanielgallery on 09/04/2015

These are great.

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