Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lo Shopping: C.U.C.I.N.A.

The correct way to say "to shop" in Italian is "fare le spese" but most people say "lo shopping." (See Kataroma and Homebody at Heart's comments below for clarification). Unfortunately, since I am a broke Ragazza, posts with this label will be few. I am optimistic however, that things will change. It would be beyond cruel for someone who loves fashion (esp. shoes and bags) and home decor to have to walk past such great opportunities and not participate. ha.

The first time I came to Rome I stayed in a hotel near Piazza del Popolo. I was lost in the little side streets near the Spanish Steps and walked into C.U.C.I.N.A. (the Italian word for kitchen). It's like a more streamlined Williams-Sonoma or the kitchen section of Crate and Barrel, two of my favoriete stores in the states.

This is a great place to pick up some Italian made gifts for your favorite cook or something for your own kitchen.

Go in with a budget because it's easy to walk out purchasing things you didn't know you wanted or needed. When I saw all the Microplanes I was like "yes!", then I remembered I acutally have one packed in my crate.

I read that it's not a good idea to leave pasta in the box after opening. You should put it in an air tight container. Well, I saw these and thought they were perfect. Functional and fits the decor of my kitchen.

Here is the website.

C.U.C.I.N.A. (come una cucina ispira nuovi appetiti) Rough translation: How the kitchen can inspire new appetites.
Via Mario de' Fiore 65
Metro: Spagna


joanne at frutto della passione said...

Oh how I wish there were one of these in Milan. Then again it might be best for me that there isn't!

erin said...

keep me away from there b/c there's no more room in our suitcases :)

Kataroma said...

Actually those two terms are different - "fare le spese" means doing grocery or food shopping. "Lo shopping" means any other kind of shopping (clothes, kitchen gadgets, electronic equipment etc).

I've seen that shop. Very nice but very expensive! I bought a meat thermometer there - that was all I could afford. :(

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

joanne - Ha. I'm sure there a similar store in Milan.

erin - Seriously, last year I didn't stop by the store for that same reason.

kataroma - darn my dictionary!

homebody at heart said...

What a great website to pick up some Italian! I learned that fare la spesa was grocery shopping and fare le spese was like lo shopping for the rest. Now, I have a bunch of new words to learn! (acciaio inossidabile, that's going to take some practice!)

Beatriz' suitcase contents said...

I will have to stop here on my planned trip to Rome, as there in none like it around here. I miss Crate and Barrel, I do!
BTW I really enjoy your blog, and I will add you to my blogscroll.

LuLu said...

I would be like a kid in a candy store...I love kitchen decor.

Tina said...

Oh, you make me wanna go kitchen shopping!

Texas Espresso said...

oh my gosh - i wonder if they have one in Padova? I will have to look. I LOVE these kinds of store. I should own stock in WS or CB - I can totally spend a ton there. hehe

the canisters are cute! why shouldn't you leave the pasta in the box? My husband has never mentioned that...I am intrigued =)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

homebody at heart - I do like their website. I had to look up the word in your comment. I never would have guessed "stainless steel".

beatriz - thanks for stopping by. I miss Crate and Barrel as well. I packed my covered cake plate from there (not sure why...I just couldn't part with it). I hope it shows up in one piece.

lulu - I hear you.

tina - at least they are things we really use (well, most of the time).

texas espresso - I think this store is only in Rome. There is more info on their website. My friends and family knew for Christmas or my birthday they could never go wrong with a gift certificate to either one of those stores. :)

I live alone so it takes me a minute to go through a box of pasta. I assume if you finish a box quickly it wouldn't matter. Dried pasta should be stored in a dry place in an air tight container so it stays "fresher" longer esp. if you live in a place that is humid.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I love stores like this. I find even Ikea to be really dangerous.

'A Tuscan view.....from Umbria' said...

Ohhh, you found my favourite shop. I had to be forcibly removed for my own good. - Amanda

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jen - I try to avoid Ikea because I always leave spending more than I planned. They have great prices for their storage items. I have to go to the one here after my things arrive for some under-bed-boxes etc.

amanda - Were it not for the horrible exchange rate, I would have been there for hours. ha.

bleeding espresso said...

Goodness that is tempting me to come to Rome. Yeah, the Forum and stuff is cool too but C.U.C.I.N.A!!!!!!