The Italian chef, restaurateur, TV personality, and founder of Giadzy —a marketplace for elevated Italian ingredients—brings a taste of la dolce vita to our latest pop-up dedicated to the fine art of entertaining.
Our curator on the importance of authentic ingredients, holiday memories at Bloomingdale’s, and her top picks from Giadzy.
Q: How did you choose the products featured in the shop?
A: I was inspired to share all the authentic Italian ingredients I grew up on and introduce people to the small purveyors that make them—they are the heart and soul of Italian culture. I’m excited to bring the flavors of Italy to everyone’s dinner table!
Tell us about the Giadzy gift boxes you created exclusively for the shop.
Everything from the tomatoes to the oils, pasta, and truffles are made by small, often family-owned farms that have been making them for generations. It’s so hard to pick a favorite kit, but if I had to, it would be the Choose Your Own Pasta Adventure kit—a mix of my favorite pasta shapes from Naples, the most incredible tomatoes in the world (pomodorini from Corbara), along with my favorite herbs and spices you can transform into various recipes. Oh—and the Dolci Delight kit! I can’t live without sweets, and the truffles and choco-late hazelnut spread are divine.
Q: Why were you excited to collaborate with Bloomingdale’s?
A: I grew up shopping at Bloomingdale’s with my mom and I always loved looking at the holiday window displays. It’s an iconic store, and I’m so thrilled to team up for this unbelievable colla-boration. It’s a dream come true!
“The secret to a great party is to always make sure there are plenty of snacks to nibble on in different areas. I also like to have something cooking when guests arrive so the house smells good. Ambiance is also key—light some candles and create a fabulous playlist.”