Most of the threads here on what to bring back from Italy focus on what is legally allowed to be brought into the US. However assuming there were no restrictions, what foods would you bring (keeping in mind they have to survive a 16+ hour flight with connections)?
Are there any meats that would survive? Mortadella? Any cheeses (especially something with a different taste flavor) aside from parmiggiano and pecorino?
Other things I'm thinking of include aged vinegars, capers, sundried tomatoes, porcini, Gentilini, coffee, Marsala wine, limoncello...anything else? I'd be interested in Italian 'baking' ingredients but not sure what they'd be. Good cocoas?
(For the record, we're flying to India where Italian ingredients are rare or prohibitively expensive and Customs hasn't cared much in the past about 'smuggling' in food).