Please note this item has a Best Before date of 30/04/2014 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 some high quality Italian sweets at a great price. Last few pieces remaining!
Sweetness Cubed! - Delicious strawberry fruit pastilles in designer cubed pack.
Fruit, more fruit and even more fruit! This is the secret behind Leone's soft fruit pastilles and their irresistible taste.
Delicious, fragrant and full-flavoured, as with all Leone's products, they are made using only the finest ingredients.
What makes Leone's fruit pastilles so good?
The high concentration of fruit and expert selection of juices and essential oils produce a remarkable and intense aroma with vibrant, distinct fruit flavours.
Leone has chosen not to use freeze-dried or diluted fruit juice (as most sweet producers do) in their pastilles to give a more genuine flavour. They are only produced in small batches to guarantee a fresher fruit taste.
Soft fruit pastilles which really are full of fruit!
Delicious Cantuccini by the Belli family Biscottificio in Prato, Tuscany, the home of Cantuccini!
The combination of the finest local raw materials - the best almonds, fresh pasteurised eggs and quality butter - with the passion and expertise of the Belli family make an outstanding almond biscuit.
The Belli family has been producing cantuccini since 1958 and still today strictly adhere to the family recipes of Tuscan pastry preparation. Delicious on their own with tea or coffee or try dipping them into one of our Vinsanto for an original and luscious way to round off dinner. Makes a great gift idea as well.
The Milano is the most sold salame in the world and a favourite in every Italian kitchen. It is fine-grained and tender.
Ours is produced near Siena in Tuscany by 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 process.
Only the best quality 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!
NB this is an artisan cured meat made by hand and weights may differ slightly. Only £16.89/kg
These succulent cherry tomatoes are fresh, sweet and bursting with vitality.
They are from an ancient niche variety cultivated in one of Europe's finest tomato growing areas and specially selected for the Granoro Dedicato range (see below for description). They have a vivid red colour and possess the marvellous fragrance and sweet cherry tomato flavours unique to Puglia.
No industrial methods are allowed in their preparation. The tomatoes are carefully harvested by hand and the collection baskets are immediately placed on long tables in the field, where the best ones are hand selected and the stalks removed. They are then washed in running water and sealed in glass jars, their freshness waiting to be revealed as soon as you open the jar. This is how cherry tomatoes tasted to the locals 150 years ago.
For discerning customers who like authentic, quality products which are healthy and full of flavour.
SUGGESTIONS - HOW TO USE
Cherry tomatoes feature in many recipes and the best thing is most of them are very simple! Some suggestions:
Delcious in all kinds of rice, pasta and potato salads.
They go well with many types of cheese, particularly fresh.
Delicious simply with green beans.
Try them in Greek-inspired orzo pasta salad with cucumbers, feta cheese, oregano and green onions.
Add them to a vegetable couscous (with fresh cheese).
Perfect with summer pasta dishes featuring vegetables or fish.
Wonderful as a side complement to grilled fish and white meat. Try with salmon or sea bass.
Roast chicken and avocado will crave their company.
Try this simple dish: Spaghetti alla San Giovannina: fry some garlic with peperoncino, add the cherry tomatoes, simmer for 5 mins and mix in the spaghetti - lovely!.
Another simple classic is trofie pasta with blended rucola and cherry tomatoes.
Cherry tomatoes also feature in asparagus risotto.
Delcious in fish soups.
A delcious very Italian starter is mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes and olive oil. (Italian flag colours!).
Another popular starter is cherry tomatoes and boiled spinach with herbs.
And of course.... these cherry tomatoes are simply wonderful on pizza or roasted as a bruschetta topping.
It's always good to add extravirgin olive oil whenever you have tomatoes. The oil helps the body to absorb Provitamin A and Licopene (a powerful antioxidant which reduces the risk of some cancers) from the tomato.
Fresh cherry tomatoes from Castel del Monte, water, seasalt.
Long life product. Keep stored in a dark, dry place. Once cooked, place in fridge and consume within 5 days.
The Dedicato Rangeby Pastificio Atillio Mastromauro - Granoro
Puglia is a region of astonishing beauty and diversity but it also enjoys another distinction which perhaps isn't so well known in the UK; its outstanding farm produce.
The remarkable quality of tomatoes, olives, cereals and legumes from Puglia is the tangible end result of an extraordinary terroir and centuries of farming tradition. The Dedicato Range of products celebrates the best Puglia has to offer - genuine products that are healthy and delicious. It also aims to help maintain sustainable farming in the area.
STRAIGHT FROM THE FARM
All the produce is cultivated in limited quantities on small farms in the region using traditional methods, then expertly transformed into the final product by a small group of local artisan companies. No supermarkets or large distributers are involved in what is an intimate process of bringing the consumer much closer to the producer.
The range includes pasta from select durum wheat varieties; wonderful cherry tomatoes and olive oil from Castel del Monte; Lentils and chickpeas from Altamura and the Alta Murgia National Park. They are all ancient varieties once commonly produced in the area until large-scale farming and industrial production meant the laborious working methods and small yields were no longer sustainable. Now thanks to projects like the Dedicato line, they are now making a comeback.
All the products carry a double seal of quality as they undergo regular and scrupulous quality checks by 2 independent bodies. They also have guaranteed traceable provenance.
DEDICATO CHERRY TOMATOES FROM CASTEL DEL MONTE, PUGLIA
Puglia is one of the world's leading regions for tomato production and niche varieties of remarkable distinction can be found in every province. These cherry tomatoes are one such variety from Castel del Monte in Puglia. As all products in the Granoro Dedicato line, they strictly follow traditional methods of cultivation. They are then harvested with extreme care and conserved fresh in a simple solution of water and sea salt top preserve all their natural taste and freshness.
Another aim of the Dedicato range of products is to help preserve the biodiversity of the land and safeguard its heritage of taste and tradition. For this reason farming is strictly controlled and only small sustainable areas are cultivated naturally with low environmental impact.
Mediterranean sunshine and perfect soil conditions make Sicily a haven for the olive tree.
This is an estate-bottled, organic extra virgin olive oil produced by Giuseppe Giordano on his farm near Messina in north Sicily. It is a blend of classic fruity Sicilian olives, the Santagatese, Leccino and Cerasuolo. They produce a full-bodied flavour with hints of spice and freshly cut grass with a nice pepper finish.
Ideal for drizzling on grilled meats and vegetables, soups, broths and risottos. That's what Giuseppe says. We actually also love it on salads, raw veg, shellfish and with aged cheeses!
Award winning quality at a great price.
Best Before: 24/07/14. The product is in perfect condition and stored correctly will last well beyond this date
This Pecorino "Diavoletta" or "Little Devil" is a delicious young pecorino cheese with hot Sicilian red chillies.
It is made by artisan cheese maestri, the Petrucci brothers from quality milk from Ewe's grazing on the amazing and lush slopes of Mount Terminillo in North Lazio-Umbria border. The cheese is aged for just 40 days in caves where it acquires its semi-soft texture and addictive mild creamy flavours. The addition of red chillies add an unforgettable finish with a subtle crescendo of warmth creating a wonderful contrast with the creamy nature of the pecorino.
The Diavoletta makes a great appetiser diced with salami and vegetables and is a true classic to round off a meal, on its own with a glass of full-bodied red, with honey or pears or chutneys.
Produced by the Fratelli Petrucci, award winning artisan cheesemakers from the mountain areas between Lazio and Umbria.
Please note: this artisan cheese is hand made and weights may vary slightly.
Bottarga is a prized delicacy sometimes known as the Caviar of the Med. It is made by drying and curing fish roe, in this case tuna, while grey mullet or swordfish is also used. Bottarga can be found in numerous forms all around the Mediterranean, but the ones from Sicily and Sardinia are widely held to be the finest.
The drying process and curing with sea salt takes place over several weeks. The result is a hard, dense block which is then cut into strips or "tongues". These Bottarga tongues can be used to grate directly onto dishes or, like this version, it can be ground into a ready to use powder.
Its taste is intense and just a small amount will impart a magnificent seafood flavour with hints of smoked fish. Bottarga is now found in many top restaurants as chefs are discovering its unique ability to transform a simple fish dish into a masterpiece.
This ground bottarga couldn't be easier to use. Just sprinkle it on as a seasoning - and remember, you only need a little to really heighten the other flavours. It can be used on thousands of dishes. Check some of our suggestions below for some simple ideas on how to use it.
If you don't know Bottarga, it's well worth trying out.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Bottarga brings character and personality to all kinds of dishes, including most fish-based dishes and many vegetable dishes too. It's great for toast, bruschetta, pizza, in fact it's one of those brilliant ingredients where you can let your imagination wander. We'd love to hear from you if you've concocted something delicious with Bottarga.
For inspiration here are a few simple ideas which work really well:
Perhaps the most classic Italian dish is Spaghetti alla Bottarga - for a fast, tasty meal, cook some spaghetti, drizzle on EV olive oil and add chopped parsley, lemon juice and bottarga.
How about a new twist for scrambled eggs on toast? Try it!
Baked potatoes and bottarga is deicious and different.
Artichoke hearts with bottarga, fennel and EV olive oil.
Greek yoghurt and (or) whipped cream, smoked salmon, fresh parsley with bottarga sprinkled over.
A refined pizza with asparagus, onion, anchovies or tuna and bottarga.
Bruschetta with celery, tomato salad and bottarga
Potato, celery and tomato salad with bottarga
Seafood risottos spring to life with a little bottarga added
Tuna carpaccio with mixed bean salad, anchovies and bottarga.
Try it with Asian cuisine.
Long life product. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 1 month.
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 19/04/2014 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 high quality cured meat at a great price. Last pieces remaining!
A delicious salame produced by artisan experts at Gelli Salumificio.
It is prepared by the maestro himself, 80 year old Signor Gelli at his workshop near Siena in Tuscany. (We've been to visit Signor Gelli at his workshop on numerous occasions and after well over half a century of working with cured meats, his boyish enthusiasm as he speaks about his latest batch of creations is contagious and enthralling to behold. A great character!).
The Tuscan salame is the Mr Gelli's signature product. It is tender, aromatic and full of flavour. Wonderful as a starter on any occasion. Try it with fresh bread, mixed grilled vegetables in oil and pickles with a glass of Chianti or IGT and bring a real piece of Tuscany into your home!
NB this is an artisan cured meat produced by hand and weights may vary very slightly. £16.99/kg
Delicious soft Tuscan amaretti each individually wrapped to great effect in traditional coloured paper.
The amaretti are made with stone-ground rice flour, sweet and bitter almonds, honey and stiffly whipped egg whites. They are produced by Ghiott in Florence 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.
Colomba is a wonderful leavened cake shaped like a dove (Colomba in Italian), the symbol of peace. Eaten all over Italy at Easter time, it is a real family favourite. The Colomba Pandorato is based on a similar recipe to the Chiristmas Pandoro cake, with a soft interior and without candied friuts. It is fragrant and supremely tasty.
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 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 now 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 Fiasconaro Colomba Pandorato is delicious on its own and makes a fabulous base for many other simple sweets or spreads such as jam, marmalade, honey, chocolate, cream, fresh fruit. An elegant, refined choice at any time of the day, breakfast to supper-time. Kids love it too!
Its beautiful presentation also makes it a memorable gift. So, if you're looking for something truly special this Easter, try these out.