14 Christmas Hamper Ideas for Foodies

29 October 2016 || Christmas

A Christmas hamper packed full of delicious Italian food and wine will delight every person on your list this Christmas! If the way to someone’s heart really is through their stomach, a food and drink present is always a good idea! At Vorrei we have a brilliant selection of Christmas food hampers and quality food […]

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7 Easy Recipes With Italian Cheeses

16 September 2016 || Cheese, Pasta, Recipes, Risotto

Italy is without doubt a country with a rich cheese-making heritage. Each individual cheese plays an integral part in the landscape and is deeply woven into the specialities of each region. There are so many recipes associated with the Italian cheeses that we stock, it is always hard to select just a few – they […]

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5 Happy, Healthy School Night Pasta Recipes

10 September 2016 || Pasta, Recipes

So it’s back to school time…back to routines and ‘proper meals’ and back to wondering what on earth to cook tonight! At the end of a busy day the last thing you want is to be slaving over the stove; meals must be quick and easy, ideally please kids and adults alike and of course, […]

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Tasty Pasta Omelette

10 September 2016 || Main courses, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

This is the classic Italian family recipe for using up pasta – it works really well with spaghetti and tastes amazing – it’s a real hit with our kids who turned their noses up until they tried it and loved it! The spaghetti should ideally be plain (i.e. without any sauce). Of course you can […]

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5 Terrific Tiramisù Recipes

30 August 2016 || Desserts, Recipes

Tiramisù: The Classic Italian Dessert  What’s not to love about Italian desserts?…Crème Caramel, Pannacotta, Zabaglione…they are all absolutely delicious and richly flavoured, moreover, each one of them tells a regional story packed-full of traditions and culture.One of the most famous Italian desserts, known both for its amazing, coffee-infused succulence and for the fact that it […]

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Becca’s Chicory and Gorgonzola Antipasto

7 June 2016 || Antipasti, Recipes, Salads, Side dishes

This is a light and healthy antipasto which tastes creamy and indulgent at the same time. The gorgonzola compliments the bitterness of the Chicory. It’s the perfect appetiser for a warm evening but would also be great served on a large platter at a barbeque. Chicory has a small head of cream-coloured, bitter leaves. This […]

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Italian Street Food Tales: Naples

25 May 2016 || Eat your way around Italy, Italian life

Following on in our series of articles on Italian street food (Street Food in Sicily and Street Food in Florence), it’s time to head to the Campania region, home to one of the most significant cities when it comes to scrumptious food: Naples! Ready, grab your forks…get set…go! Naples Street Food: Neapolitan Pizza and Much […]

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Gorgonzola Dolce and Walnut Crêpes

3 May 2016 || Cheese, Main courses, Recipes

This is a deliciously indulgent recipe – combining creamy Gorgonzola dolce, Mascarpone and chopped walnuts with a cheeky drop or two of Cognac to give your crêpes an extra kick! The crêpes are made with whole grain flour though so you won’t have to feel too guilty about their filling! Crêpes can be prepared in advance and filled […]

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Aubergine Parmigiana Recipe

19 April 2016 || Eat your way around Italy, Main courses, Vegetarian

Aubergine Parmigiana is an Italian must-try! This classic baked, veggie dish combines the rich, earthy taste of aubergines with the juicy, sunny tang of tomato and basil sauce. Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese complete this dish and give it that extra, rounded flavour, typical of Italian cuisine. A name that could mislead you The name itself […]

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3 Colomba Cake Creations You Must Try!

8 April 2016 || Desserts, Recipes

Easter is over for another year and it has probably left behind a trail of pieces of chocolate eggs and other goodies. If you followed our advice and bought one of the fabulous, artisanal Colomba Cakes from our website, chances are you definitely ate it all! We can’t blame you: it’s delicious! If you didn’t […]

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Dried Italian Herbs – A Quick Guide

30 March 2016 || Cooking tips

Italian herbs are extremely helpful when cooking and they also have many health benefits when you eat them on a regular basis. A single herb can totally transform a simple dish of pasta and tomato sauce giving it that extra flavour and authentic Italian taste. Here’s a short list of the dried Italian herbs most of which […]

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Nonna Giulia’s Gnocchi Recipe

18 March 2016 || Cooking tips, Recipes, Vegetarian

A classic Italian gnocchi recipe We were always a little scared about making our own potato gnocchi (pronounced ‘nyockee’) so we asked Nonna Giulia for her trusted gnocchi recipe and to show us the process step by step – and it’s actually easier than we thought! Gnocchi make a great alternative to pasta or risotto, […]

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Five Ways to Serve Dried Figs for Dessert

17 March 2016 || Desserts, Recipes

Dried figs are not only deliciously chewy and decadently sweet; they are also an extremely healthy type of food. The fresh fruit is generally available from May through to September, with a slight variation in size (the larger ones are usually available in May whilst between July and August you can find the smaller, sweeter […]

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A Week of Neapolitan Easter Food

2 March 2016 || Eat your way around Italy, Italian life

Neapolitan Easter Food Traditions  The celebration of Easter in Naples is quite an event, combining established religious practices with traditional customs, some of which have pagan origins. Yet, the pivotal part of this holiday for the locals is most certainly the culinary itinerary they will be following! For the typical Neapolitan, food is always an important part of each […]

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Organic Wine – The Facts

23 February 2016 || Drinks, Wine and Prosecco

In everyday modern life organic is gradually taking over, and it’s not just about sustainable farming or free-range, non-GMO chickens: Nowadays, end consumers are way more informed and conscious about what they are eating and won’t tolerate the addition of shady chemicals or harmful pesticides to their desired products. For this simple reason, organic foods […]

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Staying Healthy and Fit with the Mediterranean Diet

17 February 2016 || Food and well being

The Mediterranean Diet, according to medical and wellness studies, is the best nutritional regime one could possibly follow. Such a diet follows the eating habits of mainly the Italian, Greek and Spanish cultures that tend to consume foods rich in fibres, loads of fresh fruits and vegetables, and prefer using olive oil rather than butter […]

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Reach The Lost Pleasures with the Aphrodisiac Diet

11 February 2016 || Food and well being

Needing a little help in the passion department? Don’t worry! We are here to offer you some natural aphrodisiac remedies. The right combination will help you to prepare an alternative “spicy dinner” for you and your partner that will ensure a very happy ending in the bedroom. So, let’s begin! Put aside the traditional oysters for […]

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Top 10 Italian Love Phrases!

11 February 2016 || Italian life

Somehow everything sounds so much better in Italian, from simple words such as ‘Fagiolino’ (the word for bean) and ‘Stuzzicadenti’ (tooth pick) to the many ways of expressing ‘amore’. You are never too old (or young) to learn Italian, so in honour of Valentine’s Day, here are our top 10 Italian love phrases: 1)   Ti […]

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Organic coffee – why you should be drinking it

2 February 2016 || Drinks

Coffee has gradually made its way towards the Olympus of healthy and energy-boosting drinks. Over the last few years, many scientific studies have been conducted into the benefits of coffee in contraposition to the undoubtedly negative side effects of its excessive consumption. The positive properties of this incredibly ancient drink are plenty and varied, but […]

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Spicy Chocolate Aphrodisiac Fondue

27 January 2016 || Chocolate, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

At Vorrei we are big fans of super hot Italian chilli pepper and we love this Valentine’s recipe for a spicy chocolate fondue with a kick! Surprise your loved one with a fun Valentines Day gift to share! This is a really easy dessert which can be made very quickly just before you are ready […]

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Prosecco Ginger Fizz

25 January 2016 || Drinks, Vegan, Wine and Prosecco

We love to find out new ways of serving our favourite sparkling wine and were smitten by this Prosecco and ginger aperitivo when we tasted it in Rome at Christmas time. Of course ginger is a powerful aphrodisiac, warming up the body and increasing your heart rate just like chilli! Valentines drinks anyone?! Ingredients For […]

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Liquorice Crème Brûlée

24 October 2015 || Desserts, Vegetarian

If you are a liquorice lover you’ll love this fabulously decadent dessert! Making Crème Brûlée is easier than you think and the addition of our organic Calabrian liquorice powder gives these gorgeous little pots a wonderful subtle flavour. Ingredients for 10 people 1 litre Double cream 45g Organic liquorice powder 1 Liquorice root 240g Egg yolks […]

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Liquorice, Saffron & Pistachio Risotto

23 October 2015 || Recipes, Risotto, Vegetarian

We love this unusual risotto recipe packed with interesting flavours, it’s pretty quick and easy to make and it’s tasty and healthy too. We have used organic liquorice powder from Calabria, the home of some of the best liquorice in the world.  Just a spoonful of this spice ground from the liquorice root gives a wonderful […]

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The Top 5 Italian Pasta Recipes Every Fresher Needs to Know!

19 September 2015 || Pasta, Recipes

When it comes to cooking easy, filling and tasty food on a budget you can’t beat pasta! Perfect for Freshers fending for themselves for the first time, a bag of pasta plus a few key quality ingredients can be quickly transformed into a range of satisfying meals that are sure to impress! Once you get your hands on […]

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Our Top 5 Uses For Caper Powder

10 September 2015 || Cooking tips

Capers (flower buds from the caper plant) are a popular ingredient in Italian cooking and give a distinctive aromatic flavour to many recipes. Caper powder is a finely blended seasoning made from sun dried Sicilian capers. Vorrei’s capers grow in the Mediterranean sunshine on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria and are the only ones with […]

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Buon Ferragosto!

13 August 2015 || Antipasti, Italian life, Recipes, Side dishes

Today it’s Ferragosto, Italy’s traditional midsummer holiday and families up and down the boot will be preparing for their celebrations – menus for huge Ferragosto meals will have been decided upon and the food will be ready to transport to the nearest beach, park or mountain! Now that most Italians no longer disappear on holiday for […]

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Parmesan Ice Cream: Have you ever tried?

4 June 2015 || Antipasti, Desserts, Recipes

 An easy recipe with the most loved Italian cheese: Parmesan Savoury artisanal ice creams are becoming more and more popular in Italy where in the best, innovative Italian ‘gelaterie’ you can find basil, lavender and camomile, sunflower seed or even Gorgonzola gelato alongside stracciatella and pistachio. Salty parmesan cheese and double cream is definitely an interesting […]

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12 Ways with Italian Coffee at Home

24 April 2015 || Drinks, Italian life

Savour a rich Italian coffee at home with our 12 serving suggestions! Do you know your caffe macchiato from your ristretto? Your shakerato from your marocchino? We all know that it’s hard to find a bad cup of Italian coffee but did you know how many different ways there are in Italy of drinking this […]

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Fettuccine with Porcini Mushrooms

17 April 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

A simple but really tasty and satisfying meal with just a few ingredients. Dried Porcini mushrooms can be kept in the cupboard and are just as good as the fresh ones!   Ingredients for 2 people: 20g dried Vorrei dried Porcini mushrooms 1 shallot or small onion 1 tablespoon Cenzino organic extra virgin olive oil 100ml dry […]

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Our Top 3 Aperitivi to Make at Home

19 March 2015 || Drinks, Italian life, Wine and Prosecco

3 Easy Italian Aperitivi Recipes Fancy having friends over but don’t have the time to plan and cook a full dinner? Why not invite them for early evening aperitivi? The setting is informal and relaxed and the food is quick, easy to prepare and looks stunning – a platter of  delicious mediterranean olives, sun dried tomatoes and aubergines, a selection […]

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Vegan and Vegetarian Wines: A Brief Guide

14 March 2015 || Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine and Prosecco

Red, white or cruelty free? If you are vegan or vegetarian, chances are you will know that most wines are not animal friendly. Those not so familiar with a meat and fish free diet may wonder why non-carnivores worry about drinking fermented grape juice!  The problem lies with the fining agents used to filter and clarify the wine. What are fining agents? The fining process is […]

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Orecchiette with Colatura di Alici, Clams & Broccoli

13 March 2015 || Fish and seafood, Pasta, Recipes

An authentic Italian pasta recipe with Colatura di Alici (Traditional Anchovy Sauce) Bring the taste of the Amalfi Coast to your table with this delicious recipe using our traditional anchovy sauce (colatura di alici) from Cetara (pictured below). The main ingredient of this dish is colatura di alici (anchovy sauce), an unusual and rare ingredient made exclusively […]

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Fake Italian Food – The Top Six

6 March 2015 || Food and well being

Fake Italian Food – A €60 Billion Industry Italy is of course famous across the globe for its cuisine and fabulous local specialities that everyone loves. But did you know that according to recent research, Italian food is the most imitated and faked in the world? From China to the United States, hundreds of Italian […]

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Bergamot: The Cool Calabrian Citrus Fruit

28 February 2015 || Eat your way around Italy, Food and well being

Discover the Bergamot! Bergamot are a citrus fruit, greeny yellow in colour, spherical in shape with an unusual and striking bitter taste. They are a type of cross between a lemon and a bitter orange and native to Southern Asia. Commercial growth of this fruit  is virtually confined to the region of Calabria in southern Italy – specifically the province of […]

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The Ten Italian Kitchen Accessories You Can’t Live Without

1 November 2016 || Accessories

A collection of lovely Italian kitchen accessories will keep your cooking fun, your kitchen functional and create the right atmosphere for creating fabulous food! Kitchens are the heart of every Italian home! Everything revolves around ‘la cucina’ and we are not  just talking about food… The Italian kitchen is a hive of activity, a welcoming place for the […]

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Our Favourite Boozy Christmas Hampers!

11 October 2016 || Uncategorised, Wine and Prosecco

Nothing says Christmas like fabulous boozy hampers! And here at Vorrei we have an outstanding selection of indulgent gifts that any adult will love, combining delicious Italian treats and some wonderful organic tipples. Your friends, family and colleages will absolutely love these Boozy Christmas Hampers and you will definitely be crowned best Christmas present donor of the year! […]

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Sparkling Prosecco Wine and the Worm

10 September 2016 || Wine and Prosecco

A Worm Seems To Be The Secret To Italian Sparkling Prosecco Wine Perfection  Just a few moths ago the recognized scientific magazine Plos One published an article about a new species of worm, which has been discovered thanks to the work of the fantastic team of Professor Maurizio Guido Paoletti. This worm, which was named Eophilia […]

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Creamy Pesto & Chicken Pasta

10 September 2016 || Pasta, Recipes

This is a healthy but tasty and creamy pesto and chicken pasta dish that’s quick and easy prepare for week-night suppers or weekend lunches. Ingredients for 4 people 320g Rigatoni pasta 4 tbsps Pesto 80g Parmesan 300g Chicken breast 300ml Creme Fraiche 10 Cherry tomatoes Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Method Step 1. […]

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All About The Smart Food Diet

30 August 2016 || Food and well being

The Smart Food Diet: A Bestselling Book That is Changing The Views of Italians on Nutrition A new book on nutrition written by the Italian journalist Eliana Liotta in collaboration with the head of research of the IEO (European Oncology Institute), Pier Giuseppe Pellicci, and the nutritionist who coordinates the Smart Food project at the […]

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Zia Connie’s Corner – Veal Braciolette

16 June 2016 || Main courses, Recipes

This month Zia Connie’s recipe is a traditional Neapolitan dish for the meat lovers amongst you: Veal Braciolette! Aunt Connie’s Veal Braciolette in Chianti Wine Jelly Sauce with Truffle Butter Mash Braciolette are thin, veal slices that are rolled up and are kept in place with cocktail sticks. This dish is a true traditional emblem of the Neapolitan […]

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Our Top 5 Pasta and Rice Salads For Summer

14 June 2016 || Recipes, Salads

Dreaming of summer we’ve come up with a list of our favourite quick and easy pasta and rice salads – perfect for lunches, light evening meals, barbeques and picnics with friends and family. Pasta and Rice Salads: Great to share! An easy way to make a healthy, nutritionally balanced and tasty meal without having to […]

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Superfoods and their Super Powers

1 June 2016 || Food and well being

Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Nothing could be closer to the truth, especially when we talk about Superfoods. But what exactly are Superfoods? They are mostly derived from plants – fruits, berries, spices and seeds which are particularly rich in active ingredients and beneficial nutrients which are good […]

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Zia Connie’s Corner – Neapolitan Potato Croquettes

24 May 2016 || Recipes, Side dishes

Welcome to our new column of recipes and ideas (starting with delicious Neapolitan Potato Croquettes) from Zia Connie, a modern Italian Auntie with a passion for cooking! Check our blog posts to find her latest favourite recipes and top cooking tips. But first…meet Aunt Connie! Connie Amato is the 2.0 version of the classic Neapolitan […]

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Farfalle with Salmon and Asiago Cheese

12 May 2016 || Cheese, Main courses, Pasta, Recipes

This recipe made with aged asiago cheese is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner and it is really easy to prepare. We have used farfalle pasta but you can choose any pasta shapes that you have in the cupboard. Ingredients for four people 400g. Farfalle pasta (butterfly shaped) 200g Smoked Norwegian Salmon 50g Aged […]

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Gnocchi with Castelmagno Cheese

7 May 2016 || Cheese, Main courses, Recipes

Castelmagno cheese is one of Piemonte’s most unique and esteemed cheeses. This DOP cheese (Protected Designation of Origin) can only be produced in three municipalities in the province of Cuneo. Strong, but pleasant and aromatic, this cheese is a popular table cheese and is also used in many Piemonte dishes. Gnocchi with Castelmagno is probably the […]

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Pecorino and Parmesan Cheese Biscuits

3 May 2016 || Antipasti, Cheese, Recipes

These savoury biscuits made with both authentic Pecorino and Parmesan cheese are a tasty treat for picnic, parties or just to snack on at home! They are really easy to make, but good quality cheese is essential for the best flavour. We added Pecorino as well as Parmesan to give a sharper, stronger taste to the […]

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Italian Street Food Tales: Florence

29 April 2016 || Eat your way around Italy, Italian life

Following our last post on Street Food in Sicily, here is the second in our occasional series about Italian Street Food, and this time we are in Tuscany! Italian Street Food Delicacies from Beautiful Florence Tuscany is home to some of the most famous dishes in Italy and perhaps not one of the places you might think of […]

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Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Beware of Imitations

13 April 2016 || Food and well being

With the growing popularity of the Mediterranean Diet, Italian extra virgin olive oil has become the must-have ingredient for a balanced, healthy diet. Everybody wants their own little stock in their pantry and many people around the world are substituting the heavy, saturated fats used for cooking with the lighter choice of extra virgin olive […]

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Natural Wine: Back to Basics

1 April 2016 || Drinks, Vegan, Wine and Prosecco

The bad news about what’s in the wine we drink Over the years, wine making has gradually become more and more industrialised. Chemical pesticides are widely used in its production, from the cultivation of the vines all the way up to wine bottling. Strangely, wine is one of the few food industries that is not regulated […]

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Our Top 6 Italian Easter Treats

21 March 2016 || Desserts, Eat your way around Italy, Italian life

Happy Italian Easter! Much less commercialized than in the UK, Easter celebrations in Italy focus on food, friends and family as well as on the more solemn, religious aspects of the holiday. Like many Italian holidays, Holy Week is characterized by rituals and traditions, and celebrated in many diverse ways across Italy, reflecting regional differences. Celebration […]

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Easter Bread with Coloured Eggs

18 March 2016 || Bread, Italian life

Italian Easter Bread Recipe This simple, colourful Italian Easter Bread is a real favourite and is prepared by families across Italy in the days leading up to Holy Week. Children have great fun dying the eggs and decorating this braided loaf. This a soft bread with a light lemon flavour. It goes with everything, from cheese […]

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Make a Healthy Dinner for Under £5 Per Person

16 March 2016 || Pasta, Recipes, Risotto

7 Delicious Italian Healthy Dinners for Under £5 Per Person Would you like to prepare a delicious Italian healthy dinner for the family but without completely draining your pockets? Well, we have some great solutions directly from our website! Be inspired by our meal plans for under £5 per person feeding a flock of four. Here […]

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Italian Street Food Tales – Sicily

23 February 2016 || Eat your way around Italy

Welcome to our first post of a new series dedicated to the marvellous world of Italian Street Food! First of all, let’s clarify what Street Food is all about and where the trend started. Street Food is basically an informal type of meal you can buy from a street vendor or at a market. Usually you […]

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Balsamic Vinegar Recipes You’ll Love

15 February 2016 || Antipasti, Desserts, Recipes, Salads

Balsamic vinegar is most certainly one of the top Italian ingredients that can change everyday foods into a unique, mouth-watering experience. Original Balsamic Vinegar is made from the reduction of grape juice, usually Trebbiano or Lambrusco grapes. The rich, dense liquid that derives from this reduction, called must, is then put into barrels for several […]

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Nonna Giulia’s Pizza Recipe – Step by Step

11 February 2016 || Recipes

Pizza – An Italian classic that is cheap and easier to make that you think! Nothing beats the classic Margherita pizza, the original Neapolitan recipe created for Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889. It’s still the simplest but most loved pizza in Italy today. The story of it’s invention goes that during a royal tour […]

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Gluten Free Maccheroncini alla Casanova

5 February 2016 || Pasta, Recipes

Giacomo Casanova, the greatest lover of all time, it is said, loved food, almost as much as he loved women! He allegedly feasted on 50 oysters for breakfast every day claiming that they were ‘a spur to the spirit and to love’ and perfected the art of seduction by assuring his many companions that he had […]

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Valentine’s Day Dinner with love from Italy

25 January 2016 || Uncategorised

It’s almost that time of the year again – Valentine’s Day – the official celebration of lovers all over the world! Saint Valentine, said to be the first person to ever send a note signed ‘from your Valentine’ was of course Italian and what better way to show someone that you love them than by preparing […]

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Prosecco Risotto – perfect for Valentine’s Day!

18 January 2016 || Recipes, Risotto, Vegetarian

Open a couple of bottles of your favourite Prosecco (one to sip whilst taking turns stirring and one to cook with) and have fun in the kitchen on Valentine’s Day with this delicious, warming Italian risotto recipe. Good quality Italian ingredients are the key for this recipe – we recommend Carnaroli or Arborio Italian risotto […]

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Vesuvius Fusilli

24 October 2015 || Eat your way around Italy, Pasta, Vegetarian

This is a traditional Neapolitan pasta dish, simple to make and suitable for a quick lunch but without sacrificing taste! It’s packed full of tasty Southern Italian flavours and typical local ingredients such as mozzarella and tomatoes. This Fusilli pasta recipe can be followed exactly as it is or used as a base – feel […]

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Paccheri alla Parmigiana: A Traditional Recipe from the South of Italy

14 September 2015 || Calabrian recipes, Main courses, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Paccheri alla Parmigiana Parmigiana is a traditional dish made from aubergines. It originally comes from Sicily, but is found in slightly different variations all over the South of Italy. There are many different methods and recipes for making Parmigiana. We have chosen an old Calabrian one (adapted by regional Chef Valentina Olivieri). Valentina’s recipe makes a very soft and delicate […]

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Aubergine Rice Salad Recipe

26 June 2015 || Recipes, Salads

This is a rice salad with a difference – packed full of mediterranean flavours, simple to prepare and great for a summer lunch, barbeque or picnic.   Ingredients for 6 – 8 portions 500g Carnaroli rice 350g Cherry tomatoes 250g Feta Fresh mixed herbs such as basil, parsley Chilli pepper (powder or fresh) Aubergines in […]

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One Pot Pasta with Broccoli

1 May 2015 || Calabrian recipes, Pasta, Recipes

Easy to prepare pasta & broccoli, Calabrian style This recipe originated in Southern Italy and has to be one of the easiest ever pasta dishes to prepare. You need just two or three ingredients and the pasta and broccoli are cooked in the same pan! The garlic oil (with or without anchovies) added at the […]

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Caprese Pasta Salad: The Sunshine In Your Plate

22 April 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe This is one of our family’s favourite quick summer meals. It’s really easy to make and the flavours go really well together. You need just three main quality ingredients: some fresh Mozzarella, the tastiest tomatoes you can find (a little more challenging in England than in Italy unfortunately) and some pasta that […]

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Risotto with Gorgonzola & Pear Mustard

3 April 2015 || Recipes, Risotto

Recipe for Risotto with Gorgonzola and Pear Mustard This week’s easy, super-tasty recipe was given to us by the ladies at Casa Forcello near Mantova in Northern Italy. Casa Forcello is an all-female artisan company which produces our fruit mustards and wine jellies in small batches with fresh fruit from local growers. A fruit mustard […]

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Aperitivo Time!

16 March 2015 || Drinks, Italian life, Wine and Prosecco

Apart from the sunshine, the people and the pizza, it’s the ritual of ‘Aperitivo time’ that we miss most since moving back to the UK from Rome. The Aperitif hour signals the end of the working day, a moment to relax (usually in the sunshine), drink a glass of something refreshing (generally just the one), with […]

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Spaghetti with Anchovies, Breadcrumbs and Walnuts

14 March 2015 || Fish and seafood, Pasta, Recipes

An easy, healthy, cheap (the approximate cost for each person is just £1.30) and quick to make spaghetti recipe. The secret to creating a great dish with such simple ingredients is to use only best quality, authentic Italian ones, such as extra virgin olive oil (even better if it’s organic), spaghetti from Gragnano and anchovy fillets from Cetara: […]

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Paccheri with Cherry Tomatoes and Anchovies

11 March 2015 || Pasta, Recipes

An authentic Neapolitan recipe made with ‘Paccheri’ pasta Paccheri are large pasta tubes originally from Naples which pair perfectly with fish and other chunky sauces. The size and shape of this traditional pasta allow them to be stuffed with ricotta or other ingredients. The name “paccheri”comes from the ancient Greek meaning ‘slap’ – the noise that they supposedly make […]

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Pair Pasta & Sauce Like an Italian!

2 March 2015 || Cooking tips

Did you know that there is a pasta shape to complement every pasta dish out there? In Italy there are pretty strict rules about pasta and sauces. If you are a pasta connoisseur this might all come naturally to you but if not it can all seem a little confusing!  No one really knows how […]

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Apple Pie with Bergamot Marmalade

2 March 2015 || Cooking tips, Desserts, Recipes

An easy and delicious recipe that combines one of the most famous traditional puddings with a unique Southern Italian flavour – Apple pie with bergamot marmalade. This marmalade with an intense flavour, sweet and tangy at the same time, is a perfect ingredient to add some Mediterranean flavour at your apple pie! Ingredients for the Apple Pie […]

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Diamante’s Chilli Pepper Festival

28 February 2015 || Eat your way around Italy, Italian life

Calabrians love peperoncino (chilli pepper), they put it in everything from pasta and risotto to cocktails and ice cream. They believe that chillies bring good luck and scare away the ‘malocchio’ or evil eye and naturally they produce the best and spiciest chillies in Southern Europe. So if a region is qualified to hold an […]

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Dried Porcini Mushrooms: a Versatile Ingredient

16 February 2015 || Cooking tips

Fresh Porcini mushrooms are a little hard to come by in the UK, they are also rather pricey and don’t keep for more than a few days. Luckily, dried Porcini are a fantastic alternative. With an intense, concentrated flavour and substantial meaty texture, Porcini are wonderful in everything from risotto to antipasti and sauces. A […]

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