Links  Italian wines, oils, most products. Bay area stores  Seattle based. I use this site often; very sophisticated, with an emphasis on Italy and France  The website of the U.S. distributor for Franchi Sementi of Bergamo, Italy, which has been selling seeds to Italians since 1783; a tremendous selection of vegetable seeds, volume discounts, and a money-back guarantee.
Asparagus An Italian website with a vast assortment of Italian vegetable seeds. You will have to trust the Italian mail, so buyer beware.
  “The official site of the foods and wines of Italy.” I love King Arthur flour, ingredients, and equipment Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Women of Achievement.

www.Nancy Author, Culinary Tour Leader and Cooking Teacher Specializing in the Foods of Mexico.  All pork products, including guanciale, lardo, casings for making sausage, great bacon, and suckling pigs  Reader’s Circle: Local Listings for Book Clubs and Author Events. Pat Conroy is the author of many books, including The Great SantiniThe Prince of TidesThe Lords of Discipline, and his latest, My Losing Season.
www.shepherdseeds.comnow combined with Most of my vegetables and fruits, including fragoline, basil, Rampicante, and tomatoes, are grown from these seeds. Very dependable, fresh seeds I often teach at the sumptuous Santa Monica store. Enter at your own risk, with credit card handy. The guru of vinegar making.

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As always, a Google search ( on “Italian specialty foods” will turn up hundreds of entries. Most or all offer web commerce, and some may have stores in your area.