Just a shout out to all who have asked for Christmas and New Year holiday recommendations for Italy this year to POST BACK about your experiences when you return! Will be a great help to the folks next year.
Have a lovely and delicious holiday season.
ps - for those in Rome, the very expensive pannetone at Pannelle L'Arte del Pane on Via Merulana 54/55 is also very delicious and beautifully wrapped -a great gift when you are homeward bound.
Some other sources for delicious food gifts, in just one nabe, Testaccio - Volpetti, on Via Marmorata in Testaccio, also with some great pannetone, wonderful Sardinian torrone and many other fancy foods (watch out for USDA import restrictions in making your meat and cheese choices, though), a little store across the street from Volpetti Piu (on the side street adjacent to the Vopetti store) sells liqueurs, including the elusive red alchermes - I was taken with how beautifully the clerks were wrapping their merchandise, a very nice wine store around the corner from there and facing the Testaccio Market - great selection (if you get there early enough) of spumantes for your celebration). I will post later the name of the unpretentios bakery nearby which sells a great selection of marzipan as well as regional breads from the castelli and the rare pan giallo and panpepato (primative fruitcakes of the region)