{closed!} a very tasty little giveaway


Well, yum, isn’t someone going to be lucky!

These are some of my very favorite Italian foods; we always have a good stash of each of them in our house here in Sicily.  I hand-picked them so you can experience them too!  There’s some delicious pasta, a beautiful bottle of olive oil, a jar of real Nutella*, and a special Sicilian addition: crema di pistachio.  Sicily is famous for its pistachios, particularly those from the town of Bronte on the slopes of Mt Etna, about an hour from our home.  This sweet concoction is a wonderful way to experience them on a slice of bread… or just straight out of the jar!

This giveaway is open to everyone, including my friends here in Sicily.  (You all are some of my most faithful readers!)  I’ll ship the package of goodies to the winner next week.

The giveaway will last one week and close on Wednesday, February 6th, at midnight EST.  A winner will be selected through the random number generator, www.random.org.

You have 2 chances to enter:

  • leave a comment!  Tell me what your favorite Italian food is, if you’d like.
  • sign up to receive my blog updates via email either in the sidebar under “Subscribe // Connect” or in the box below.  I’ll know that you signed up, so you don’t have to leave another comment telling me that you did so.

And that’s it!  Good luck!!!

*You didn’t know you weren’t eating real Nutella in the States?  It’s true… sorry!  But enter this giveaway and you could get a jar of the good stuff. :)



Well, I counted up all the entries (comments on this post + subscribers to my email updates).  The results are in and the winner is #174, Miss Lucy P.!  Lucy, I’ll email you to get your address and send you the package.  Congratulations!!!  I hope you enjoy it all… especially the Nutella. :-)


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101 Responses to {closed!} a very tasty little giveaway

  1. Amy January 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    A giveaway, how wonderful! I have a hard time saying no to ANY Italian food…but I’ll name bruschetta as a favorite today! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Aunt Marie January 31, 2013 at 2:10 am #

      Becca, I love wood fired pizza– the kind with fresh tomatoes and basil or just a bunch of yummy cheeses or shrimp and asparagus. But bruchetta comes in as a very close second. Hope I win!

  2. Jonathan January 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I think my favorite is farfalle with spicy italian sausage and cream sauce.

  3. Eden January 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Giveaway! Favorite Italian food… gelatto, dark chocolate. Or capuccine – does that count? Best Italian meal I ever had: plain old pasta with truffle shaved fresh on top, in Orvieto. It was my first time tasting real truffle and it took my breath away.

  4. Johanna January 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Yay giveaway! My favorite Italian good is gelatto … a fruity flavor swirled with dark chocolate :)

  5. Heather Miller January 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Real nutella??? I’ve been fooled! My all time favorite Italian food is cannoli, hands down. My sweet husband got me all the makings for our first Christmas. I’ll never forget it – one of my favorite Christmas gifts ever. I’ll also take real bruschetta any day. If I lived in Italy, it would be trouble!

  6. Erin January 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    My favorite is any sort of seafood linguine with a tomato sauce.

  7. Tiffany January 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Fun! That’s a hard question. Maybe eggplant parmigiana. Mmm…

  8. Jenna January 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    REAL nutella? how can I turn down a chance to win that?!

  9. Luz January 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Wow, Becca! Way to whet our appetites! One of my favorite Italian food memories is actually Nutella gelato. Mmm!

  10. Desiree January 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    My favorite Italian food is Pasta Norma! Maria taught me how to cook it there in Sicily and oh it is fabulous. I make it now that we’re back home in the States but it isn’t quite the same because I cannot find ricotta salata to save my life!

    • Rebecca January 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Desiree…we’re having Maria teach a few of us her Pasta Norma recipe next week and I can’t wait! I’ve heard it’s hard to replicate in the States, but it’s worth a try!!

  11. Shelby January 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Does pizza count? Ha ha, just kidding. I am huge sucker for ravioli, stuffed with anything you please. Eating always makes me super happy.

  12. Kelly January 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Olive oil is probably the Italian ingredient I use most often (basically in every meal), but Nutella has to be my favorite. :) Plus, February is Chandeleur in France, which means lots of crêpes, which are the very best when topped with real Nutella.

  13. Kim January 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Oh what fun! First of all congrats! Your Grandma Evie would be so proud and would love the name!
    favorite-hmmmm too hard to decide-any pasta w a great marinara or pesto…oh and Chianti of course!

  14. kit January 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    What a wonderful giveaway! I love anything Italian. I am subscribing to your new blog!!!!

    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you, Kit!

  15. Alica January 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Oh Yummm…Nutella is a family favorite here…we experienced it first from my sister and brother in law who lived in Heidelberg, Germany. I didn’t subscribe through email, but I follow your blog through my blogger dashboard. Thanks for the chance to experience these goodies! :)

  16. Hope January 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Yum! I’d love to try *real* Nutella. Who knew?!

  17. Erin R. January 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Yum. I’d love to try the crema di pistachio. Sound very interesting (and delightful). Congratulations on the newest addition to your sweet family.

  18. Poppy January 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    I thought something was fishy in Denmark. I fell in love with the Euro version when I went mountain climbing in Keysari in Turkey when Momma was 6 months preggers with you. That’s all we ate from 2 in the morning until noon when we reached the summit. It was the first time I consumed large quantities and fell in love with it. Then I came back to the states and have never liked it. Maybe that’s why! Happy Anniversary. Love you all! Poppy

    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:20 am #

      I remember this story well. I think I would be a much better hiker if people fed me Nutella the whole way up!

  19. Megan January 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Oooooh my favorite italian food has to be ANYTHING with Pesto involved. I adore the stuff….I could eat it straight outta the jar. Mmmm…now I’m hungry.

    By the way, I discovered your blog a few weeks ago when I decided to plan a trip to Italy with my husband. I have LOVED looking through all your pictures and learning about all the places I could go visit. The day I stumbled upon your site, I kid you not, I sat down and looked through pretty much every single one of your posts drooling over the food and dreaming about the different places to see. Thanks for sharing your world with us. (you even inspired me to start my own blog!)


    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks so much for this sweet comment, Megan! I love your blog and am so glad you’re recording your days. It’s a big help to me… especially since I’m a horrible scrapbooker (ie. I’m NOT a scrapbooker) and recorder of photos and events. Thank you for reading along here!

  20. Jenny Montgomery January 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Surely you know I love nutella! I also LOVE authentic Italian pasta. Living in Vicenza when I was little I got tired of eating pasta all the time, but now I miss it very much!

  21. Nicole January 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Wow….where to begin. I absolutely love and miss Sicilian cuisine. My all time favorite is the pasta norma and of course the crema cornetti with a big cappuccino to wash it down! Cute new blog, Becca. Hope you’re having a great day!

  22. Lydia January 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    All of my favorite foods are Italian! And it may not be very sophisticated to say, but pizza is probably my favorite favorite. Congrats on baby Gil–what a sweetie!

  23. Lauren January 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ll bite! Pardon the pun. :) Hands down, my favorite Italian food is gelato. “Frutti di bosco, per favore!” We’re so happy for you all and can’t wait to meet little Gil! Lots of love to all four of you!

  24. Erika January 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Bruschetta!! With garden tomatoes. Also, do I get a second entry for following via google reader!?

    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Sure you do! Thanks for signing up for it. :-)

  25. Rachel January 31, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Does pizza count? It’s my favorite anything food. Italian loves also include pasta e fagioli, bruschetta with anything, homemade bolognese, gelato, oh the list goes on and on!

  26. Betsy January 31, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    I have two favorites – Nutella and Gelatto. Thanks for the fun giveaway, Becca!

  27. Sarah Boschung January 31, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    I LOVE all Italian, but gelato (especially chocolate, coconut, mango), bruschetta, caprese, and gnocchi are some of my favorites!

    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Puh-LEASE come visit, Sarah, so we can go out and eat all these things together!

  28. megarber January 31, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    I will love whatever you send me if I win!

  29. Joy January 31, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    I love Italian food — just none of the meat stuff. :-) Eggplant parm is probably the sure-fire winner in my book!

  30. McKenzie January 31, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I seriously love ALL italian food. With a hearty glass of red wine! It can’t be beat. And Japan is LACKING in Italian food restaurants. So, pick me!

    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Can I trade Italian food for some sushi someday?? :-)

  31. Laura January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I struggled to choose — but I think lasagna wins in the end!

  32. Emily January 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    The Sicily readers are eligible?! Yes, ma’am, you’d better believe I’m entering! Pistachio pasta (Maria’s, to be specific) is my AB-SO-LUTE favorite Italian dish. Second runner up would be my new-found friend, torta de gelato with cono layers!

  33. Kim January 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm #


  34. Wendy January 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    It’s got to be pesto, I just can’t get enough of it, especially Coriander (cilantro), it’s fantastic with pasta, chicken & fish!

  35. HelenaS January 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Hard to pick a favourite, but my mother-in-laws orecchiette with tomato sauce is high up on the list. And she makes it all from homegrown produce so the taste is pure Italian sunshine for me.

  36. Brenda January 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Italian food is by far my favorite…to pick one.. is pasta too general? pasta of any kind. Breakfast, lunch, dinner… to pick one… Pasta with Anchovy Sauce. Simple – delicioso… the original cucina povera. Can’t ever beat it. Great giveaway… thanks!!

  37. Sharyn January 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    So many Italian favorites to choose from… margharita pizza takes the cake, though!

  38. Nestle February 1, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby. I don’t know how you can resist all the cuteness and take time to write a post :) I’ve recently discovered your blog and was hooked ever since. First, because I find Italy fascinating and hope that I get to visit someday; and secondly, I am humbled by your faith in God. I’ve been a Christian all my life but it was not until these past few years that I have finally grasped what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.

    Anyhoo, thanks for the opportunity to win. I very much enjoy gnocchi, Italian sausage (who could resist that?) and anything that has seafood!

    God bless you. Love from your new fan (^_^)

    • Becca February 1, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      You have such a cool Etsy site, Nestle! Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for this kind comment.

  39. Jessica February 1, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Gelato, hands down! I ate so much in Italy I gained 15 pounds in 3 weeks! Yikes, but I had a wonderful time! Congratulations on your new son, Gil :)

  40. Hollie February 1, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    holy comments! Look at all those faithful readers!!!
    When we were in Italy I just pretty much ate pizza non stop.

  41. Steph @ meet.make.laugh. February 1, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    Hmmm…. favourite Italian food…. that is a tough one! I think that would have to be beef carpaccio. So tasty! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  42. Debbie D February 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm #


  43. Cindy Aiton February 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Wait… we have been deceived by fake Nutella? That is an outrage! I demand a spoon and an all access pass to the Nutella factory so I can get the bottom of this. ;) Thank you so much for offering such a yummy and generous giveaway. As for my favorite Italian food… Tiramisu!

  44. Joy Jancuska February 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Eggplant Parmesan! LOVE it. But I could probably eat just about any italian dish. They are usually such hearty meals with lots of cheese :) Who doesn’t like cheese?!

  45. katie k. February 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I should have guessed that Nutella was another one of those foods that just isn’t the same in the States. Hmph.

    Favorite Italian food of a person who, thus far, has never been to Italy… ravioli! Because you can make it with seemingly endless fillings. My roomie has a great recipe for butternut squash ravioli, although perhaps Italian food purists would frown upon that. Also my dad taught me there’s no such thing as too much garlic, so I like pasta dishes and bruschetta that agrees with that rule : )

  46. laura February 3, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy! What a strong, handsome name for a handsome little one. Enjoy your days with your little ones!!

    My favorite Italian dish – I don’t have just one – I love them all!! I can eat pasta any way it can be served…okay…I will list one…I love Angel Hair Pasta with some sauteed spinach, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic and olive oil…I fix this a couple of times a week.

    Best to your family from way over here in Lubbock, Texas!! :)

  47. Jenn Killmer February 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I think my favorite Italian food is… maybe Nutella? I know my favorite Italian dish is Carbonara! Will and I make it all the time… delish! :)

  48. Anna R. February 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    I think I’m most excited about the pistachio stuff! Looks interesting! and you can’t beat GOOD olive oil. :) awesome giveaway!

  49. Jess V February 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    I love the combined flavors of a caprese salad….fresh mozerella, basil, and sweet tomato topped with really yummy balsamic! so simple and so amazing!

  50. Jessie Stratton February 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Brick oven pizza! So yummy :)

  51. Katie February 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    I am obsessed with all Italian food, but the thing I ate most while in Italy was gelato–always a combo of hazelnut, dark chocolate, and pistachio. So delicious and so cheap for a college backpacker who couldn’t really afford to eat in restaurants.

  52. Penny February 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I love Italian food but my favorite is homemade gnocchi!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. alli February 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    If I could have any food in the world, it’d be Italian. Great giveaway : ) Who knew about the nutella difference!

  54. Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I love crepes with Nutella! Probably even better with the REAL Nutella! Yum! And who doesn’t love bruschetta?!

  55. Jacqueline February 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    I love homemade pasta and real, Italian olive oil!

  56. Katie February 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love everything with pesto! We make homemade pesto in summer, freeze it and then use it all winter for pastas, pizzas, fish, etc! :-)

  57. Krystal February 5, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I miss my neighbor Lidia’s homemade Pasta Carbonara. She knew this was my favorite and she made it for me the last day we lived in Sicily. I cried when she was serving it to me because I knew it was the last time I’d ever eat her Carbonara. I miss Lidia and her family so much, I think of them everyday.

  58. Sarah February 5, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    oooh, how do I pick a favorite? tiramisu is probably my favorite dessert, but pesto is easily my favorite italian thing EVER.

  59. Grace February 5, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Mmm. So many Italian dishes are wonderful. Although this isn’t very original, I think I would have to say one of my favorites is meat Lasagna with breadsticks!

  60. Shelly February 5, 2013 at 2:36 am #


  61. Julia February 5, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I completely agree with you Becca–the Nutella I had while in Italy was so much better than the kind they have here in the States! And as for my favorite Italian food, I think that I could have eaten an entire truckload of tiramisu gelato without getting tired of it… :)

  62. Katie February 5, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    Hmm… Favorite Italian food. Does Gelato count? :) Also, I’ll hopefully be in Italy this summer and I’ll find out what more Italian foods I like!

  63. Erica February 5, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    Fun giveaway! I love love love my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. :)

  64. Penny February 5, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Real Nutella?! I feel like I’ve been lied to all this time! :) I love all Italian food!! Pasta, creamy sauce, cheese. Yes please!

  65. Jessica Wunderlich February 5, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Eggplant parmesan is by far the best! Do I get some of that too? by the way I work with lovely Jess Garber and she has shared your adorable pictures along with our other willing staff. Congratulations on the new one.

  66. Abi February 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Oh no! You mean to tell me that All these years I have been serving fake Nutella to my innocent little French students??? I would love to have the REAL thing to serve with crepes in class!! :)
    My favorite Italian food is chocolate gelato. In fact, I made it a rule during our honeymoon in Venice that we had to have gelato everyday!

  67. Carey Beth February 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    What fun!!!! Favorite Italian food = anything my Italian hubby makes :) Pizza, pasta, gnocchi….

    But I want to taste these real Italian treats! Especially the ex virgin olive oil. I LOVE olive oil. If loving olive oil is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    Love your blog, Becca!

  68. rachel February 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Yum, yum! My favorite Italian food would have to be gnocchi, hands down. (Even just mentioning it makes me crave it!) Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway, Becca :)

  69. Jennifer Allison February 6, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    tiramisu! :)

  70. Laura L. February 6, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Our mutual friend Abi told me about your blog and I love reading your posts! You are an amazing writer with so much insight…I have to admit I’m slightly addicted! Congratulations on your adorable addition to your beautiful family!
    Italian food…too many delicious vegetarian options for me to choose a favorite but if I had to tonight I would say vegetable lasagna made with cottage cheese!

  71. Cindy February 6, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Love, love Italian food! Rachael Rays’ Goodfellas Pasta, is my favorite!

  72. Jennica February 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I love all Italian food but my favorite would have to be gnocchi. I could eat it every day!

  73. Catie February 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    No way about the Nutella! I will have to find me some of the good stuff soon.
    I love a simple Italian pizza- good dough, fresh mozz!

  74. Kathy Alsina February 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    A few foods I miss from Tuscany are Ribolitta and fagioli cannellini all’uccelletto. Yum!

  75. Ana Marie February 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Becca, thanks for hosting this giveaway and keeping us all updated on your life in Sicily. I will follow you on Instagram for sure!

  76. Lucy February 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Too intrigued by “real Nutella” not to enter!

  77. Ila February 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Becca! Congrats on Baby Gil! Favorite Italian food: Parmigiano-Reggiano . It’s delicious on its own or added to…everything. Truly the bacon of cheese. Lots of love!

  78. Emily February 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I followed a link that led to a link that led to a link that led me here, and I’m so glad! I lived in Orvieto (in a convent. with Italian nuns. who fed me three home-cooked meals per day) for six months and miss Italy on a regular basis. I miss gelato.

  79. Melissa R February 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE caprese, I could eat it everyday and never get bored with it! :)

  80. Adrienne February 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I had no idea I am not eating real Nutella. It’s still good, so the real stuff must really be great! My favorite Italian food is cannoli! Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Meredith February 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Favorite Italian food? I’m sitting here trying to decide, and I cannot. Fresh pasta, burrata, pizza, gelato, those little bowls of olive/caper thingys that I once ate on the plaza in Vernazza while waiting for my dinner…. It’s all pretty darn yummy. This giveaway sounds amazing. I would love to try “real” Nutella!

  82. Leslie February 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I will say biscotti–chocolate, of course!

  83. Jessica Ann February 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Wow, with all these comments I’m surprised no one else has mentioned my favorite – blood oranges! I had them on a college trip to Italy and Greece, and while I love pretty much all Italian food, blood oranges are the first food I think of when I think of Italy. It makes me sad that all I can find here in the Detroit area is blood orange sorbet at Whole Foods.
    I found your blog recently via Imperfect Homemaking/Pinterest, and I love it! Your travel stories give me the courage to believe that I can experience Europe outside of an organized tour, and it’s so wonderful to find a good Christian blogger. Thanks for being willing to share your life!
    ~Jessica Ann

    • Becca February 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks so much for this kind comment, Jessica Ann! I’m so glad you’re here. Let us know if you ever come to Sicily on an unorganized tour… we’d be glad to give you some advice or even show you around. :-)

  84. Violet February 7, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    Mmm…looks delicious! Favorite Italian foods–cannolis, biscotti, chicken parmesan!

  85. Sarah Stuntz February 7, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    The most authentic Italian food I’ve had was pesto brought back from Italy — and I LOVED it! But I also love carbs :) so anything pasta/pizza/bruschetta is wonderful too.

    Congrats on your new website — it looks lovely. Oh, and that baby’s not too bad, either. ;)

  86. Stacia February 7, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Oh that’s so hard…I love it all! But I just crave Nutella, so I’ll go with that. :)

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