These sublime semi-dried (sunblushed) cherry tomatoes arepart of a new, prestigious range of luxury gourmet food specialities from Villa Reale in Sicily. They are presented in these magnificent ice crystal form jars (check the photos!)
Pachino IGP tomatoes are arguably the finest cherry tomatoes in the world. They are the signature product of Villa Reale, who have been producing them for over half a century. The tomatoes are hand cut and semi-dried on long tables in the Sicilian sunshine (not in ovens as most commercial versions) and rest in a quality extra virgin olive oil with fresh basil and a hint of garlic.
A true luxury experience that isn't cheap but can be shared and enjoyed on special occasions like no other.
Read on to find out more about this remarkable range.
Suggestions How To Use
These Pachino tomatoes are the undisputed star of any antipasto platter. Try them straight from the jar in their own exquisite dressing. They can also be enjoyed as a special bruschetta style topping. For cocktails, try them elegantly laid out on a bed of green pesto or together with vegetables and prawn hors d'oevres.
They are unforgettable with Paccheri pasta, rocket and ricotta. Sprinkle a touch of black pepper and serve. Guaranteed success!
Superb as an addition to a cheese platter especially soft fresher cheeses.
THE VILLA REALE SUPREME RANGE
These sunblushed Pachino tomatoes are part of a new prestigious luxury range of gourmet food specialities from Sicily.
They are all unique creations which use precious ingredients of the utmost quality, many of which have been selected for the Sicilian Slow Food Presidio.
They are presented in these stunning linear and curved crystal-form jars which exude class and elegance.
The recipes are inspired by centuries of Sicilian cuisine with influences from N Africa and the entire Mediterranean basin. Sicilian ingredients are blessed by their natural surroundings. Constant sunshine, sea air and rich volcanic soild provide some of the finest growing conditions in the world.
Genuine gourmet works of art that provide an unrivalled gastronomic experience or truly unique and unforgettable gifts.
From a new range of quality Italian PDO cheese. This is a lovely smoked Provolone cheese which bears the official Valpadana DOP (PDO) stamp.
Provolone is a semi-hard cheese made from the cream of cow's milk and is aged for 10 to 12 weeks by hanging in cellars, hence its super shape.
Delicious smoked provolone has one of the most recognisable flavours in cooking. It is silky smooth in texture with a creamy nature and an enticingly mild smoke flavour.
Its distinctive curves and deep yellow colour look wonderful on the cheese board! It makes a brilliant table or sandwich cheese. Smoked provolone is a great melting cheese too, on toast, potatoes, burgers etc. It more than holds its own in the oven, try it with some baked pasta dishes!
Provolone is addictive and loved by adults and kids alike!
Please note, this is an artisan cheese and is hand cut so weights may vary slightly.
Delicious Tortelloni with Prosciutto Ham filling Tortelloni al Prosciutto.
Tortelloni are a medium sized stuffed pasta in the shape of a ring or navel. Basically the same shape as Tortellini but larger.
Perfect for creamy or ragu sauces as well as a simple tomato sauce.
About the Producer:
Pastificio Bolognese is a family-run producer from the home of tortellini, Bologna. The family has been producing excellent stuffed pasta for over half a century, using quality ingredients, traditional recipes and artisan expertise.
A brand new high quality gluten free pasta from Pastificio Granoro in Puglia with Quinoa flour.
This is a brilliant gluten free pasta that, unlike most gluten free pasta brands, actually is remarkably similar to durum wheat pasta and just as delicious and tasty. It is made from a special blend of corn, rice and quinoa flour and conceived for those with gluten intolerance or who simply want to reduce or eliminate their gluten intake.
The pasta displays the yellow of good conventional pasta and not the glassy yellow that most gluten free pasta has. It also cooks to perfection keeping its consistency and has a rough surface to really bind the sauces.
Good gluten free pasta is all down to the combination of ingredients used. Granoro have researched the best combinations of gluten free flours and have selected a blend of premium white and yellow corn flour, rice flour and quinoa flour.
Together, they offer a perfectly balanced mixture which is almost identical to conventional pasta in terms of colour, texture, flavour and consistency during cooking.
Sedani Rigati (or Celery, so called for the groove along its centre and curved shape) is one of the most popular shapes in Italy. It is very versatile and can handle heavy meat based sauces or light tomato and ricotta style. Also lovely in a pasta salad.
What is Quinoa Flour?
Originating from Peru, Quinoa is from the same family as spinach and beetroot and is grown at high altitude in the Andes. Although more expensive than rice flour, quinoa flour makes a fantastic gluten free option thanks to its very high protein and fibre content. It is full of vitamins and antioxidants too and extremely nutritious.
The Milano is the most sold salame in the world and a favourite in every Italian kitchen. It is fine grained and very tender.
Ours is produced in near Siena in Tuscany bby artisan experts Gelli Salumi. At 80 years old and with 60 years of cured meat craftsmanship behind him, Signor Gelli still oversees every step of the curing.
Only the best quality, local Tuscan pork and aromatic herbs are used and his Milano salame is prepared following traditional Tuscan recipes handed down over generations. The result is fabulous!
A lovely consistency and a delicate yet persistent taste. Great for antipasti or served with all sorts of cheeses. Delicious in a salad or on a sandwich or pizza too!
From the fabulous Affreschi range of fine Italian wines, a sumptuous and very accessible Sicilian Nero D'Avola.
It is produced from Nero D'Avola grapes, hand-selected from the finest vineyards of West Sicily in the Menfi area. Its rich terroir and Mediterranean sun produce grapes which can produce rich, round and spicy wines.
It is dry and full bodied with a nose of prune, tobacco and vanilla. This Nero d'Avola pairs perfectly with pasta dishes, risottos, red and braised meats, game and roasted white meats and is superb with cheese and salumi.
REGION: From vineyards in the Menfi region of West Sicily.
GRAPES: 100% Nero D'Avola.
VINIFICATION: Selected hand-picked grapes. Soft pressing, fermentation and maceration with the skins at 28-30°C for 10 days.
TASTING NOTESColour: intense garnet, bright red with violet reflections. Bouquet: scents of prune, tobacco and vanilla. Taste: dry, full-bodied, generous, ample. Rich, round, spicy, with aromas of green pepper.
Alcohol:13%Vol. Acidity:6g/l Residual sugar: 6g/l
Serving temperature: 16-17°C.
Food pairing: perfect with pasta dishes, red and braised meats, game and cheeses.
From the fabulous Affreschi range of fine Italian wines, a lovely Montepulciano D'Abruzzo that's well worth getting to know.
It is produced from the fabulous Montepulciano D'Abruzzo grapes in the DOC area of the Abruzzo region in central Italy.
The wine is hamonious with hints of berry and spice and makes it a very classy everyday wine. Try this Montepulciano with all the classic Italian pasta dishes, grilled meats, sausages, cheese and pizza.
GRAPES: 100% Montepulciano D'Abruzzo.
VINIFICATION: Selected hand-picked in October. Soft pressing and fermentation at controlled temperature.
TASTING NOTESColour: intense ruby red. Bouquet: vinous, fruity, ethereal. Taste: dry, harmonious, full-bodied, pleasant. Hints of berry, pepper and spice.