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What Mike Piazza Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked retired New York Met Mike Piazza — who recently launched an Italian-made vodka brand, TRUE Vodka, in collaboration with GrapeStars — about the olive oil, golf clubs, and sheets he can’t live without.

Coffee is my addiction. I tell Americans, when you come to Italy you can’t have coffee with milk in it after 11 in the morning. The taste of milk after a meal for Italians is kind of repulsive. Like, if you eat a really nice pasta dinner or fish, and you go, “Oh I want a cappuccino,” the Italians kind of look at you like you’re crazy or you’re German. At home, I like Lavazza, Illy — any Italian coffee. I remember, as a kid, my mom with the percolator and the Maxwell House or Folgers. I grew up in that culture of loving coffee.


They don’t make movies like it anymore. This was made in the classic age of Hollywood, which is just kind of a throwback, romantic time. I’m dating myself, but, you know, Charlton Heston and all of the movies from the ’50s and ’60s that had the big, Cecil DeMille type of vibe — I watch them now. I first saw Ben Hur as a kid and I still get a tear in my eye when I watch the emotional scenes. I’m not saying there aren’t good shows and movies today, but there’s so much stuff that was made when Hollywood was in its golden age.