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The Art of Chocolate

The Art of Chocolate

At Eataly, we love chocolate. We love its rich, complex flavors and versatility in form and use. 

A staple in Italian cuisine today, chocolate has not always been available in Italy. Fresh from the New World, Spaniards introduced cocoa to Italy in the 16th century by trading in the port city Venezia.  After tasting the rich treat on a visit to the Veneto, the House of Savoy brought chocolate to their court in Torino, the capital of Piemonte (and the home of Eataly!), and its popularity quickly spread.

Today, artisanal chocolatiers create delicious confections across Italy, using only the highest quality ingredients and incorporating local flavors (think: Caffarel's gianduja’s IGP hazelnuts of Piemonte, Venchi's classic cremini assortment of Torino, and Sabadi's grainy modica of Sicilia). The Italian take on hot chocolate – rich, dark, and incredibly flavorful – is among the best in the world and named for the royal family who popularized its consumption: cioccolata di Savoia. In other words: the phrase “la dolce vita” may not have been referring to chocolate specifically, but we believe that il cioccolato is a major component of the sweet life.

Dive deeper into the world of chocolate by conducting an official tasting! Whether on your own or with like-minded friends, our chocolate tasting guide will give you the key to call yourself a chocolate expert.

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Explore our wide selection of Italian chocolates online or in our markets!