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 featuring pasta that we all know and love.

Ah, lasagna...who doesn't love this delicious, decadent pasta entree? Here we have a beautiful glass ornament featuring a hearty slice of ricotta-and-tomato sauce lasagna...topped with fresh basil, of course! The color and beautiful detail on this ornament really stands out. And it's Christmas-colored, too! A great choice to start a collection on an Italian-food theme.

Do you know someone who makes their own pasta at home? Then they're sure to be delighted by this ornament, featuring a wonderfully-detailed hand-cranked pasta machine. This is just the type you'll find in many Italian home kitchens, for making paper-thin noodles, lasagna sheets, ravioli, etc. Made of glass it will sparkle and shine.

Meatballs and Italian-American favorite combination. And don't forget the gravy! Here we have a pot of hot and tasty meatballs in sauce, a plate of ziti topped with meatballs and sauce, and of course the classic spaghetti and meatballs. Made of resin these are well-detailed but sturdy, and sure to last for many years to come.

The eternal debate: Is it "Gravy" or "Sauce"?

What do you call it in your household?

The Pasta Song: Can You Sing Along?

Italian Cooking Ingredients

Ornaments celebrating the staples of Italian cooking and recipes
3.5" Noble Gems Glass Italian Food Ornament, Set Of 4 Assorted

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.

Prosciutto hams hanging in a deli window in Rome, Italy
Prosciutto hams hanging in a deli window in Rome, Italy

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!

Here are several Christmas ornaments celebrating this essential element of Italian cuisine and cooking.

Make your own Christmas ornaments...from pasta?

Yes! There are lots of tutorials on-line to show you how to make your own Christmas ornaments and garlands out of dried pasta. These can be fun craft ideas to do on your own or with children who love to make their own Christmas ornaments (they could be good gifts for kids to give out as well!)

Here are just a few links:

How about an entire pasta Christmas tree?

Another fun tutorial and project for the crafty pasta lover out there...

If making ornaments out of pasta isn't your thing...

Then why not go with one of these glass pasta box ornaments instead?
Pinnacle Peak Trading Company Bag of Spaghetti Pasta Noodles Polish Glass Christmas Ornament Deco...

Bag of Spaghetti Noodles Ornament. Handcrafted in Poland. Hand-painted by Polish artisans. Made from mouth blown glass. Approximately 4.5 inches tall (11cm). Includes original m...

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Kurt Adler Noble Gems Glass Pasta Boxes Ornament

This Noble GemsTM glass pasta boxes ornament are a delicious addition to your home décor. Penne and Spaghetti boxes are featured in this ornament, each box is red, white and gre...

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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... 

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 celebrate the classic Italian coffee brew. (Although in Italy, cappuccino is considered a morning drink, not after dinner. Of course many of us non-Italians like to drink it all day long!)

Are You Ready for a Very Italian Christmas Now?

Updated: 10/26/2018, 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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