As you start to plan your holiday gift giving and cooking, some treats are classic symbols of Christmas. One Italian tradition that has become a family favorite for millions around the world is the golden cake / bread hybrid of Panettone & Pandoro. The main difference between the two is the generous addition of raisins and dried fruit throughout the Panettone. The Pandoro is great for the purist who will truly enjoy this golden buttery cake. While there are numerous brands available at most grocery stores this time a year, my favorite are those from gourmet baker PERBELLINI. Perbellini is a family owned company that treats each cake as a treasured symbol of the holidays. The finest ingredients go into making every cake. Each treat is packaged and wrapped like a wonderful present. Anyone on your gift list would be filled with cheer to receive a Perbellini cake. Imported by the finest Italian food shops, check with your favorite today. One great source is the Buon Italia market in the Chelsea Market. Buon Italia has a loyal following for those looking for all things Italiano. Shop on-line (click names above) or visit the Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue between 15th & 16th Street. The Market is a festive place anytime, but especially around holidays. The market is an excellent source of cupcakes, baked goods, & gourmet food treats of all kinds. Merry Christmas and enjoy!