What is Marcopoloni?

Our goal is to bring people like you, who cherish and appreciate fine artistry, closer to the artisans who create them. Everything we offer is handmade by carefully-selected artisans who pour their love and pride into each piece of work.

Much as Marco Polo brought the Western world in contact with the treasures of the Far East in the late 13th century, Marcopoloni strives to put you in touch with beautiful handmade goods from around the world!

Almost Perfected My Spaghetti alla Marinara

Chiara approves of my Spaghetti alla Marinara

One of my passions is cooking, and getting my Marinara sauce right is one of my principal quests at the time. In this blog post I reveal how different ingredients and small variations from the usual can make a difference. Today’s effort was delicious. . . . → Read More: Almost Perfected My Spaghetti alla Marinara

Handmade Gnocchi for Easter

A string of mistakes, especially using too much flour, yielded gnocchi that were pretty hard–far from the quality of gnocchi I made in the past. But the process was well worth it. Spending time with Chiara and teaching her a little bit of what it is like to be Italian was priceless. . . . → Read More: Handmade Gnocchi for Easter

The Revolution Begins! (with our Zavatti backpacks)

Revolution-Zavatti-leather-backpack

Daniele and Anita pose with the actual backpacks that shipped to the set of the new NBC TV series, “Revolution”

Very recently, we received an order for two ZAVATTI leather backpacks from a brand new TV series, Revolution, written by Eric Kripke. For those of you who follow TV shows often, you might . . . → Read More: The Revolution Begins! (with our Zavatti backpacks)

Preserving the Way of the Artisan

How can Chinese basket be cheaper in Zambia than the equivalent baskets made in Zambia? . . . → Read More: Preserving the Way of the Artisan

Campomaggi

An interview with Mr. Campomaggi reveals a lot about the source of Marco’s inspiration. When you dig a little deeper you begin to find out why Campomaggi is such a great fit with Marcopoloni. . . . → Read More: Campomaggi

Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation

Kewpie Dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama

I came across these adorable Kewpie dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama, Japan. The dolls were not handmade, but they were wearing little handmade 浴衣(yukata, or a casual version of the kimono)! When I laid eyes upon them, they immediately brought me . . . → Read More: Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation

Authentic Italian Accomplished

I recently commented on how difficult it is to export a local experience to another country. Yet, it can be done, at least to a good extent.

We had been up since 3:30, thanks to serious jetlag, and still had time to kill before we could start calling the artisans we wanted to visit. . . . → Read More: Authentic Italian Accomplished

Authentic Italian

When we had a poor experience at a bakery that claimed to be authentic Italian we realized how difficult it is to copy a product and the entirety of its attributes from one country to another. We make sure that the products we offer are authentic from their country of origin. . . . → Read More: Authentic Italian

Exploring Japanese Traditions

In the spirit of exploration, we are about to embark in a journey that will take us to Takayama in Japan to meet the artisans that make beautiful Koito Pottery. . . . → Read More: Exploring Japanese Traditions

Murano Pursues a Renaissance with Hotels

While Murano seeks a renaissance by building hotels, I am reminded of how great the commitment and skill of those murano glass craftsmen is. At Marcopoloni, we are commited to bringing these wonderful pieces of glass art to those who skip past the cheaper imitations. . . . → Read More: Murano Pursues a Renaissance with Hotels