In December, Try the World sent me their limited edtion Holiday Box for review and I was really impressed. The presentation and packaging were top notch, as were the gourmet goodies inside. Naturally, when they asked if I wanted to review their new Venice box, I happily agreed.
If you haven’t heard, Try the World is a subscription service that invites your taste buds to explore a new city every sixty days. Each box will include 7-10 locally made/grown gourmet goodies as well as cultural finds — such as music playlists and movie recommendations — produced in the city being featured. Subscriptions are $39 every 2 months, or less with longer commitments.
With their newest offering, Try the World brings you to Venice, Italy. February marks the beginning of the Venice Carnival, which as been a tradition since the Middle Ages. The goodies in this box are a nod to this age-old celebration.
Let’s see what’s inside!
Once again, the presentation was super professional and totally gift-worthy. I love the sturdy, reusable boxes they use. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the actual box because I was too excited to see what was inside. Oops!
(Imagine one of my standard “first look” photos here. Go on, imagine it. 😉 )
The box was packed full of goodies. The lid could barely contain everything inside and was nearly overflowing with red squigglies.
I didn’t receive an info card or culture guide in the holiday box, so I was relieved to see them this time around. The culture guide included facts about the Venice Carnival as well as recipes, a music playlist, and a list of movies set in Venice.
Pastificio dei Campi Egoista di Gragnano – I thought for sure this pasta would have egg in it, but luckily for me, it doesn’t! YAY! It actually contains only 2 ingredients: durum wheat semolina and water. This pasta takes its name (Gragnano) from an ancient village outside of Naples that was famous for making the best dried pastas in the region. The little box is enough for one hearty serving and is best when cooked al dente (just how I like it!).
Mogi Caffe – A month ago, I wouldn’t have been too excited about ground coffee since I mainly used K-cups… BUT now that my husband got me an Aeropress for Christmas, I’m more than happy to try any form of coffee I’m offered. The info card says that coffee is the second most enjoyed drink in Italy (water being first). This particular coffee has a nice, full-bodied taste, but with a lower level of caffeine.
Leone Lemon Pastille Candies – How adorable is this little vintage-inspired package? I almost don’t want to open it. Almost. These little candies have been produced in northeast Italy since 1857 using traditional bronze molds and real essential oils & extracts.
Perugina Dark Chocolate Limoncello Bar – I’ve never had chocolate with lemon, though I do like orange chocolate so I’m guessing this bar will be pretty dang good. Oh, and you KNOW I was super excited when I read the ingredients and saw that it’s vegan. Woo!
Urbani Tartufi Red Pesto & Truffles – This pesto & truffle sauce can be used as a spread on toast, a sauce for pasta, or as an addition to meat or fish. I was surprised to see that this is the only non-vegan item in the entire box, which is just plain awesome. I’ll probably pass this along to my mother-in-law, who loves trying new recipes and is the only family member who’s brave enough to experiment with new ingredients.
The info card also lists 2 other items — a nougat candy and a mystery treat — that weren’t in my box. Since I received the box for review, I’m not too bummed. (Plus, I’m not sure how they could even fit two more items into that little box!)
I gotta say, I was beyond impressed with Try the World‘s Venice box. There was a great mix of different products that offered a nice peek into traditional Italian food, drink, and treats. Of course, the fact that the majority of the products were vegan didn’t hurt either. 😉
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February 2014 Try the World Venice Review
A well-curated box of goodies with a little something for everyone. I like that they included items that can be paired together… Like the pasta with the truffle sauce, or the coffee with the chocolate. And as always, it was all beautifully presented in their top notch packaging.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.