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A wonderful selection of artisan Tuscan biscotti prepaped by Ghiott Firenze from Florence. Delicious biscotti which are emblematic of Tuscan bakeries. They include Tuscan Amaretti, special soft almond Cantuccini and crunchy almond brutti e buoni biscuits.
Delicious soft Tuscan amaretti made with stone-ground rice flour, sweet and bitter almonds, honey and stiffly whipped egg whites. They are produced following an ancient traditional Tuscan recipe.
Ghiott's amaretti have a decidedly artisan look typical to Tuscany and are based on a 50 year old recipe by Florentine maestro Enzo Salaorni.
The quality of the ingredients is outstanding and belies such a low price tag. They provide distinct layers of taste. The initial sweet almond flavour gives way to the rich depth of stone-ground rice followed by a long bitter-sweet finale with a hint of orange.
These soft amaretti are perfect served with tea or coffee as a rewarding break or try with a glass of dessert wine after a meal.
These delicious almond cantuccini are packed straight from the over to preserve all their flavour and freshness. They are made using only the highest quality ingredients and are based on the traditional Renaissance Cantuccini recipe.
Dunk them in your tea or coffee or try them with a dessert wine, just as the Tuscans do!
Classic Brutti Buoni Biscotti:
These brutti e buoni are the Tuscan biscotti par excellence. They are deliciously crunchy on the outside with a soft centre of almond and orange.
Brutti e buoni means ugly and nice, referring to its look which highlights the hand-made artisan nature of the biscuit and the fact that they are delicious!
These brutti e buoni are made by expert bakers at Ghiott, Florence using their own exclusive recipe and preparation which features a high content of almonds for a rich taste and unmistakeable fragrance.
Brutti e Buoni are traditionally enjoyed with tea or coffee and are superlative with a fortified wine such as Vinsanto, Marsala or a good Port.
A delicious sweet green tomato and vanilla compote (composta di pomodori verdi e vaniglia).
The fresh sweetness of ever-so-slowly cooked green tomatoes with cane suger and lemon juice on a bed of smooth vanilla provides a blend of flavours which combine in perfect harmony to produce a superbly refined preserve.
It is delicious on its own, with all kinds of cheeses or as a side to complement to white meats, pork and roasts (see below for other suggestions).
This green tomato and vanilla conserve is fresh, smooth and tasty with just the right amount of sweetness. Its fragrance will instantly grab your attention and one taste will captivate. An easy to use gourmet ingredient which you'll keep coming back to time and time again.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Remember - a little goes a long way, so there's no need to dollop the whole jar on!
It is fabulous on its own spread across toast or thick bread. How about chees toasties with this green tomato preserve? - divine!
Serve it with all kinds of cheeses, fresh or aged. Outstanding with mature cheddar, pecorino or fresh ricotta.
It makes a superb base for meat sandwiches.
Try it as an original base for bruschetta with melted mozzarella.
This green tomato conserve works wonders as a side complement to white meat and pork. Give it a whirl with turkey or roast chicken.
It is also the perfect accompaniment to cured meat platters and lovely with meat paté.
Green tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice and zest, vanilla. It does not contain any preservatives or colourants.
Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 1 month. As you would a jam.
Guappa is a unique Italian cream liqueur made with DOP Buffalo milk cream from Campania, expertly blended with a fine barrique-aged brandy.
It's the only liqueur of its kind in the world. Extra smooth and very special. 17% ABV.
Guappa cream liqueur is produced by artisan experts at the Antica Distilleria Petrone near Mondragone just north of Naples, the very heart of the buffalo farming area.
The extra creamy milk from these Bufffalos usually goes to make the famous Mozzarella di Bufala, but Petrone, with over 100 years' experience and passion for blending and distilling, have found another use for the same milk, in the preparation this unique liqueur.
They have been able to really bring out the rich creaminess of the buffalo milk which marries perfectly with the distinctive personality of the exclusive, aged brandy.
Guappa is making its debut in the UK after incredible success in Italy. It is perfect at any time for any occasion.
Comes in this gorgeous bottle - check out the photos below!
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Best served chilled over ice.
Guappa is superlative as a base for cocktails.
Try it as an ingredient for cakes, biscuits and desserts.
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 24/07/2014 and has been discounted for this reason. You can rest assured it has been kept in an ideal storage environment and will remain in perfect condition for well beyond this date. You also have our full-refund peace of mind guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with it.
A great chance to get hold of a superb artisan Italian cake at a great price. Last pieces remaining!
Colomba is a wonderfully fragrant leavened cake shaped like a dove (Colomba in Italian), the symbol of peace.
These beautifully handwrapped Colomba cakes are quite simply the best we've ever tasted (and we've tried a lot!). They all enjoy an extraordinary fragrance, lightness and a moist texture you can only experience with cakes literally fresh from the oven.
They are made by the Fiasconaro brothers in Sicily, for generations a family owned artisan bakery. The 3 brothers who run the bakery today still rigorously uphold the local artisan traditions of their father and grandfather. This is slowfood at its best - each cake taking nearly 4 days to bake!
The brothers use only the best natural ingredients: Avolan almonds, Normandy butter, fresh Sicilian Candied Oranges bathed in aromatic Marsala and Zibibbo wines and the finest Manitoba Durum Wheat flour. Fiasconaro are one of only a handful of bakers who still use a "live" mother dough (now over 40 years old) and, with the slow leavening process, affords incredible softness and moisture. Wonderful!
Its beautiful presentation also makes it a memorable gift. So if you're looking for something truly special, try these out.
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 26/07/2014 and has been discounted for this reason. You can rest assured it has been kept in an ideal storage environment and will remain in perfect condition for well beyond this date. You also have our full-refund peace of mind guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with it.
A great chance to get hold of a gourmet quality pasta sauce at a great price. Last pieces remaining!
Part of a series of superb Southern Italian seafood pasta sauces.
The Pescatora sauce is a celebration of the Mediterranean in a delicious fish sauce for pasta or risotto. It is produced by the Licata family, in Sciacca, one of the main fishing ports of Sicily.
If you've been to any coastal area in Italy, chances are you've already tried a version of this delicious sauce often called Sugo alla marinara. Tuna, prawns and squid calamaro are expertly blended with the Licata family's own extra virgin olive oil, award winning tomatoes, white wine and spices. It is essentially the ultimate seafood sauce!
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
The classic pasta to use for this sauce is Spaghetti or Linguine. Bucatini would also work well.
Add some peperoncino flakes if you like a little heat and driwwle over some lemon juice for extra zest.
Some recipes will add a touch of fennel to the sauce. Garnish (flavour) with fresh parsley.
If you're feeling bold, add a couple of spoons of cognac to the sauce.
Tomatoes, Mediterranean tuna, prawns, squid extra-virgin olive oil, white wine, parsley, garlic, Trapani sea salt. Contains no artificial flavourings or conservatives
Longlife product. Once opened, store in fridge and consume within 15 days.
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 30/09/2014 and has been discounted for this reason. You can rest assured it has been kept in an ideal storage environment and will remain in perfect condition for well beyond this date. You also have our full-refund peace of mind guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with it.
A great chance to get hold of a delicious Italian cracker at a great price. Last pieces remaining!
Delightful corn crackers from Tuscany.
They contain no conservatives, artificial flavours or colourants. Just simple, natural ingredients following an old traditional Tuscan recipe.
They are light with delicious and genuine, but never invasive flavours. Wonderful on their own as a satisfying snack and they really stand out with starters. The perfect party nibble!
Use them in dips; with paté; spreads; cheese; cured meats... any antipasto! They make an ideal aperitivo snack too, with a glass of wine or any other drink in hand.
This pack is the classic traditional flavour.
These Tuscan corn crackers come in a series of 5 flavours: Classic, Rosemary, Peperoncino chilli, Olive and Onion. Be careful..... they're addictive!
A wonderful Limoncello, full of bright citrus notes and a sparkling fresh, invigorating taste.
If you've ever visited the Bay of Naples area, Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast, chances are you'll have experienced the wonderful local Limoncello in some form or another. The coastal area of Campania is home to some of the finest and most aromatic lemons in the world and it's no coincidence that this lemon liqueur has become synonymous with the area.
Our limoncello is prepared by the Antica Distilleria Petrone from Mondragone, just north of Naples. In 2011, the Petrone Limoncello was chosen by a select panel of international experts to represent Italy around Europe as part of the Excellence in Food programme.
It is based on a 130 year old recipe and uses only quality, natural ingredients including IGP lemons from Sorrento. These lemons have a higher natural content of essential oils which gives a particularly vivacious and refreshing lemon flavour. Comes in a stylish bottle and makes a great gift at any time of the year.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
The Antica Distilleria Petrone was founded by Antimo Petrone and his wife Maria 130 years ago in Mondragone, a small town just north of the Bay of Naples. Today, 5 generations later, Andrea Petrone continues to run the distillery with the same enthusiasm and values as his great, great grandparents. The recipes, traditional artisan production methods and the quality and provenance of the ingredients remain unchanged. All the liqueurs are totally natural and free of any kind of additive.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Limoncello is great natural digestive and cleanses the palate after a meal. Best served ice cold, straight from the freezer.
Try it as a base for many refreshing cocktails.
With such an intense lemony flavour, the Petrone Limoncello is a fabulous addition to all kinds of desserts - here are just a few ideas:
Delicious over icecream or lemon sorbet.
Makes a lovely flavouring for cakes.
Whip it up with eggs and strawberries for a sumptuous mousse.
Pairs so well with fresh fruit - try it on fruit salads - macedonia.
Makes a yummy Chantilly cream
Try it in cheesecake.
100% infusion of lemon peels in pure alcohol. Contains no flavourings, additives, preservatives or ascorbic acid.
NB - if left ot rest over time, the essential oils from the lemon peels may separate. This is perfectly natural and a sign of authenticity as well as a guarantee of quality. Simply turn the bottle over a couple times before serving.
You may be forgiven for asking "wait a minute, what's so special about sea salt?" It is after all, only salt!
However, people are beginning to take notice and recognice the distinctive qualities that different marine salts possess and how they interact with and enhance foods. Sea salt from Trapani is renowned as one of the world's finest.
What's special about Trapani sea salt?
For over 2000 years salt has been harvested by hand along the famous "salt road" between Trapani and Marsala on the West coast of Sicily.
Today, the very same harvesting methods are followed, using just the sun and warm African winds to slowly evaporate the sparkling clean seawater of the salt pans. The whole area is a WWF nature reserve and protected from any kind of pollution.
The salt produced is unrefined, unwashed and unaltered in any way. It contains more magnesium, potassium and less sodium chloride than regular refined salt. However its array of trace elements is the real distinguishing feature that gives the salt its special flavour.
Salt from Trapani is prized internationally for its pure taste and versatility in the kitchen and is used by some of the world's top chefs.
This is a large grained coarse salt. Either pop a few crystals straight into boiling water when cooking or use in a grinder. You only need a little to get the ideal saltiness (and that can't be a bad thing).
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Use it ground over any dish, just as normal salt (use smaller quantities)
It is the classic salt for preparing pasta and rice. Add the crystals to boiling water
Use to create a salt crust for preparing meat or especially fish
It makes a perfect finishing condiment for all fish dishes, salads, roasts and sauces.
Delicious in all Mediterranean cuisine.
Trapani sea salt lends itself perfectly to bread-based products which call for a little salt - e.g. pizza and focaccia.
Add the sea salt to other aromatic herbs for a natural, ready-made Mediterranean seasoning.
A delightful and wholesome Mediterranean paté of yellow pumpkin expertly blended with Italian leeks and chickpeas. It derives from an old Tuscan recipe and the rich nutty flavour of the chickpeas combines perfectly with the smooth sweetness of yellow pumpkins.
As with all Caccia e Corte products, only the finest quality ingredients are used including extra virgin olive oil and Tuscan white wine (to offer flavour, no alcohol).
It is delicious and healthy too! Rich in protein, fibre and minerals. Kids love the sweet nutty flavour, so a nice way to get them eating something healthy.
This pumpkin paté is highly versatile and so easy to use. Perfect for a vegetarian snack or as a charming addition to a platter of starters. See some suggestions below.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
This sweet pumpkin and chickpea paté is classically used as a starter spread. Just serve on toast, crusty bread, ciabatta or pita.
It also makes superb canapés.
Use it as a dip for raw veg. (You can extend it a little by adding a drizzle of good olive oil.)
Try this pumkin paté as a base on sandwiches. It pairs magnificently with all kinds of toppings. Try it with aged cheeses, green salad and roast meats).
Can also be used as a lovely side complement to roasts and fish dishes.
Its sweet smooth flavours make it a perfect partner for all kinds of vegetarian starters and main courses.
This pumpkin paté works perfectly as a side dressing (with pita) for vegetarian curries. It can even be added directly into the curry sauce for an extra flavour boost.
Slitti's Caffé Latte was voted World Champion flavoured chocolate at the World Chocolate Championships in London.
Pure milk chocolate with 45% cocoa is blended with the most aromatic Arabica coffee beans to produce the most incredible coffee flavoured chocolate.
Who better than the Slitti Chocolate and Coffee Roasting company, Pistoia in Tuscany (the chocolate valley) to make this thrilling coffee flavoured chocolate. They have skilfully combined the two things they excel at!
Slitti Caffé Latte is an absolute must-try product! Also available in a luscious dark chocolate version: Caffé Nero.