A smooth, balanced Rosé from the Querciavalle Vineyards near Siena in Tuscany. The vineyards are at the heart of the Siena Chianti DOCG region and this rosé derives from the same grapes selected for some of the finest Chianti from the area.
It has a fragrant bouquet of forest fruit and a surprisingly complex and refined flavour not often found in Rosé wines, with hints of cherry and raspberry and well balanced acidity.
It is a perfect wine to drink on its own and is excellent with appetisers, vegetable dishes and fish.
Colour: bright cherry pink with garnet red highlights
Bouquet: fragrant, with hints of forest fruit
Flavour: balanced, complex, smooth with hints of cherry and raspberry
This is the 5 litre version of the White Label Balsamic Vinegar IGT from Compagnia del Monte.
A vibrant and young authentic Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. Produced from the sweetest local trebbiano grapes, the white label is aged for a minimum of 6 months to give a subtle undertone of wood and a lovely rounded acidity.
This is a classic everyday balsamic and can be used just like a normal wine vinegar, but yields a much more elegant and sophisticated taste. It is ideal for salads, dressings, combining with olive oil to create a dip or for using in gravies, stocks, meat sauces and for marinading.
Arbequina olives (Aceitunas Arbequina) are one of the most popular Spanish olives. They are small, round and ochre green/brown in colour.
Arbequina olives have a high oil content and are therefore mostly used in making olive oil, however they also make outstanding table olives. They are firm with an elegant nut and butter flavour and a nice fruity finish.
Try them as an aperitif olive on their own, or with a selection of other olives, their distinctive taste will let itself known!
Arbequina olives make a lovely pairing with soft cheeses, especially goat or with dried fruits. Their nice and firm texture and vivid flavours make them a great cooking olive too!
Arborio rice is the most famous and most common variety of Italian rice. It is renowned for its high starch content, great for creamy risottos and its large rounded grain that keeps its shape well during cooking and provides a more al dente taste and texture. Arborio is versatile enough to combine beautifully with any kind of dish but is especially suited as a base for risotto.
This is a Superior Category Arborio rice (the highest quality) cultivated in the famous rice growing area of Vercelli, Piedmont.
Quality Italian tomatoes and chillies are used to make this super-tasty and spicy Arrabbiata sauce. Freshly picked Italian tomatoes and Extravirgin olive oilare blended with Calabrian chillies (the best) to produce a great pasta sauce for everyday use.
The classic pasta to use is Penne but other similar pastas will work just as well. Simply heat up and add the pasta for a delicious meal in seconds.
This sugo all'arrabbiata is part of a family of great pasta sauces from Puglia. You can find the others in this category.
Does not contain preservatives or acidity correctors.
370g from Puglia
TIP: for a bit of variety, many Italians use a good arrabiata sauce as a base to then add other ingredients such as tuna, vegetables, salami etc.
This is a superb traditional southern Italian artichoke paté prepared by artisan expert Simone Asero at Etna Conserve in Sicily.
Finest Sicilian artichokes are blended with traditional Sicilian herbs to produce a deliciously smooth and creamy pate that is perfect spread on crostini, thick bread or crackers. The addition of chillies provides a nice piquant aftertaste.
A great addition to any platter of starters for any occasion. Perfect as a side dish to grilled meats and fish and even as a base for pasta sauces.
From a series of quality, traditional Sicilian paté. Check out some of the others too in this category.
These Sicilian artichokes are part of a wonderful series of Sicilian vegetables in oil that offer superb ingredients, traditional recipes, artisan preparation all at great prices!
The finest, most tender whole Sicilian artichokes in oil are combined with a selection of natural herbs and chilli. They can be eaten as an individual antipasto or added to a pasta or spelt salad. Chop them up and add them to pasta sauces or risotto.
So versatile and they're good for you as well! Sicilian artichokes are actually famed for their therapeutic properties, helping the digestive system and kidney function.
Simone Asero at Etna Conserve, a small producer in the shadow of Mount Etna, expertly creates this range of fine Italian starters using only local ingredients grown in the fertile soil surrounding the volcano.
A wonderful assortment of the finest soft mini-nougat (torrone) in a stunning gift box.
These soft torrone feature a heart of toasted Avolan almonds, pistachio from Bronte, locally produced honey and egg whites. They are then immersed into an array of delicious coatings: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, lemon and white chocolate, orange and white chocolate and coffee cream to provide a smooth and elegant marriage of flavours.
Made by the Fiasconaro brothers, award winning bakers and confectioners from Sicily. Their soft torrone are straight from the finest traditions of artisan production, where the most noble local ingredients are skillfully hand-crafted in small batches to produce a taste and texture that is unmatched by peers and that none of the larger industrial producers can come close to.
They are presented in this beautiful black cube gift box. If you're looking for a special and memorable gift this year, you won't find better than this!
Looking for that perfect starter? Something that will satisfy even the most demanding gourmand? Well this Aubergine Caponata could well be the answer.
It's supremely tasty, incredibly versatile, healthy and easy to use. A stunning combination of many of the powerhouse ingredients of the Mediterranean diet.
Caponata is a traditional hearty Sicilian starter which features a delicious sweet and sour mix of tender aubergines, Sicilian olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, celery and capers. Aubergine makes the perfect base for this dish as it eagerly absorbs all the flavours around it, so you can relive the tastes of the Mediterranean in your own home!
Delicious as a Bruschetta type topping, outstanding as a side complement to countless other dishes and perfectly at home as a base for pasta or risotto dishes. It's versatility is second to none. See our suggestions for some tempting ideas!
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Try it spooned on top of foccacia, pita bread or thick toast.
Perfect for a tasty pasta or risotto sauce (add a little EV olive oil and a touch of tomato passata)
Use as a side dish to chicken, roast meats (delicious with game), shell-fish, grilled or baked fish (add some lemon juice for extra zing).
Aubergine caponata also makes a splendid sandwich filler and goes perfectly with potatoes, aged cheese and in rice or bean salads.
Add a little aged balsamic vinegar to enhance the sweet and sour.
Best served at room temperature and not cold from the fridge.
Grilled aubergines, olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, celery, onion, vegetable oil, wine vinegar, sugar. Contains no artificial flavourings or conservatives
Long life product. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 1 month.
This is a delicious Aubergine Pate from the award winning range of delicious Pate by Etna Conserve in Sicily.
Sweet Sicilian aubergines are expertly combined with aromatic Italian herbs and spices to produce a smooth, super-tasty pate.
This is ideal for spreading onto crusty bread or toast or enjoying alongside a mixed vegetable antipasto. Also excellent as a dip for pinzimonio di verdure orraw vegetables. We love it too in pasta sauces and as a side to grilled meats.
From a series of quality, traditional Sicilian pate at great prices. Check out some of the others too in this category.
A double Gold Medal winner at the Great Taste Awards, this exciting paté is amazing on crusty bread and adds a daring twist to all kinds of sauces and casseroles. Mix a bit in with a pasta or curry sauces.
This Sicilian garlic paté is so ubiquitous it can be used with any dish that calls for garlic flavour. Its smooth, rounded flavours make it a great replacement for fresh garlic without even a hint of garlic harshness.
It's one of the most popular products among Mediterranean Direct staff, so we always have to get a few extra boxes in! Even if you're in 2 minds about it, it's well worth a try.
Very special and extremely well priced for its quality ingredients.