October 20, 2015

10+ Italian Pantry Essentials For Easy Dinners

Chef Eron Novalski of Aria Ristorante shares the pantry ingredients he can’t live without. 

Between the quick-cooking pastas and satisfying sauces, Italian cuisine tends to be our go-to favourite for simple and delicious dinners. Knowing which ingredients to keep on-hand can make whipping up an Italian-inspired meal even easier, so we asked chef Eron Novalski of Aria Ristorante in Toronto to share his list of must-have pantry staples. If you want to bring the authentic flavors of Italy to your own kitchen, take a cue from chef Eron and stock up on these products.


Good quality Italian olive oil

Sea salt

Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

Dried chilies

Italian Saffron

Callipo Jarred Tuna 

Aria Toronto Pasta Recipe
Chef Eron Novalski’s Egg Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms & Butternut Squash. Get the recipe here.


Canned Pomilia Plum Tomatoes or any San Marzano D.O.P. (Denominazione d’ Origine Protetta or “protected designation of origin,” meaning the product is from Italy) tomatoes:Look for the D.O.P. certified stamp on the label for optimal flavor.”

Pasta di Gragnano dried pastas: “The Paccheri shape is great for a fish or seafood ragout.”

Agostino Recca Salted Anchovies: “You can find these at Italian grocery stores.”

Vine-ripened cherry tomatoes: “Harvest Wagon in Toronto brings them in from Pachino, Italy.”

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena: “I always recommend looking for something D.O.P. certified from Modena.”

Caputo or Divella Flour: “I use this flour to make fresh pizza dough or pasta.”

Author: Natalia Ksiazek

1. Paul Massey 2. Yuli Scheidt


1. House & Home September 2015 issue 2. Yuli Scheidt via Instagram 3. Aria Ristorante