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!

What Makes a Good Ramen?

A good bowl of Ramen is more than the toppings or even the ingredients … it’s Ramen that embodies the spirit of its maker. . . . → Read More: What Makes a Good Ramen?

Why I Love Handmade Italian Leather Bags (Part 3)

When an artisan pours love into an Italian leather briefcase the creation can be awesome. Awesome bags speaks to me. That’s what I love. . . . → Read More: Why I Love Handmade Italian Leather Bags (Part 3)

Why I Love Handmade Italian Leather Bags (Part 2)

I do think that Italian leather is better. But the use of Italian leather is not enough for me. . . . → Read More: Why I Love Handmade Italian Leather Bags (Part 2)

Why I Love Handmade Italian Leather Bags

Daniele starts explaining why he loves Italian leather handmade bags, wallets, belts, etc. Whether it was nature or nurture, as an Italian Daniele could not escape having a relationship with leather. . . . → Read More: Why I Love Handmade Italian Leather Bags

The price of cappuccinos in Italy

In this day and age where we don’t flinch to pay upwards of $5 for a cappuccino at Starbucks, it’s nice to know that this iconic drink is still quite affordable in its birth country. It was our daily ritual during our stay in Italy – as it is for many Italians – . . . → Read More: The price of cappuccinos in Italy

My best friend: the hardest but funnest person to shop for

My best friend is tremendously difficult to shop for. She has impeccable taste, and is well-traveled … so why is she also the funnest person to shop for? . . . → Read More: My best friend: the hardest but funnest person to shop for

Un Gelato al Bacio e allo Zabaglione for My Birthday

Everybody pretended to have forgotten about my birthday, but it was to surprise me with some gelato. The surprise, and finding artisanal gelato allo zabaglione begs the question: “when is my birthday again?” . . . → Read More: Un Gelato al Bacio e allo Zabaglione for My Birthday

Japanese convenience store dessert: mass-made can be handmade

Last night I was watching a Japanese TV program showcasing a wildly popular item sold at a convenience store chain in Japan. It’s a cafe-style roll cake: a ring of fluffy, moist sponge cake loaded with real whipped cream.

Now, let me take a step back and explain the concept of the konbini, . . . → Read More: Japanese convenience store dessert: mass-made can be handmade

One-of-a-kind Cappuccino

the value of quality handmade products comes from attention to details and years of honing a skill. You have to know quality to be able to judge quality. . . . → Read More: One-of-a-kind Cappuccino

One customer at a time

We get most of our orders online, and it is rare that I get to interact directly with a customer. But on Monday morning, while the rush to prepare orders was at its peak, I got to step up and help a customer with an exchange.

What a treat it was for me that . . . → Read More: One customer at a time