Italian Food Trio


This trio of reprints is based on a series of 19th Century water-coloured lithographs we sourced in Italy, which include a macaroni eater, a taralli seller and a fruit seller - in traditional Neapolitan stripes. Each print is hand-framed in truffle tones with a delicate black and gold gilt moulding, which has pretty specs of duck egg blue running through. These are available as a full set, pairs or singles. 

Naples in the 19th Century would have been a spectacle - with an array of food vendors down its narrow streets. Taralli are popular almond-based snacks in Naples, dating back to the 18th century where they were sold by the characteristic taralli seller. These are hard doughnuts with a savoury taste and originated when bakers would mix leftover dough with lard and black pepper.

During the 17th - 19th century, the name macaroni was used for all types of pasta and sold as a street food. Macaroni was eaten with one's bare hands, in fistfuls (!) - and the 'macaroni-eaters' were illustrated in paintings, capturing the entertaining Neapolitan way for tourists. Fruit sellers (venditore di frutta), would also often be seen carrying an overflowing basket full of citrus fruit or grapes along with transportable scales.

All our reprint collections are limited in number, hand framed, glazed with Artglass -  and originate from antiques specially sourced by Petri Prints. 

    Frame Features

      • External frame size:  23.5cm x 28.5cm.
      • Hand-framed by specialist British framers.
      • Ready to hang.
      • Conservation, acid-free mounting board - to provide protection to your artwork.
      • Printed on a specialist 290 gsm fine art paper, Hahnemühle Hemp - which has a silky, lightly textured surface, ideal for reproducing colour and detail. Hemp was an essential part of paper production for centuries, and due to its extremely robust fibres, it has often been used for long-lasting historical documents.
      • Glazed with premium anti-reflective Artglass that's used by the finest galleries and museums around the world.


    • Our reprints are made-to-order and normally dispatched in 2-3 weeks.