Pesto and Sauces Italians regard sauce as a "seasoning" and use it to compliment rather than overpower flavors. In Italy just enough sauce is added to coat the pasta with a spoonful on top so diners can see the beauty of the sauce. When used as a braising liquid, Italian sauces are used as a base to transport the flavors of the cook into the food at the table.
Not a traditional pasta sauce but a sauce with tradition. Reminds us of Sunday dinner at the tables of our Italian family and friends. The most versatile sauce we've found. A rustic Tuscan edge makes this more than a simmering sauce for meatballs, this sauce can be used for braising meats or as a base for bolognese or osso bucco, or the making of a quick stufato (stew).Vegan friendly so can be used to bring a rich, full flavor to all vegetarian dishes.
Perfect for a brasato (braised beef) to serve with polenta. Perfect for Slow Cookers. See our favorite recipe for Ah Presto Stew under Detailed Description for a simple (RTE) ready to eat meal.
Recipes After eating in Italy with my Italian family and friends I've come to realize the pivotal place food has in the Italian culture and it begins with the table. Italians take time and effort to prepare a well-laid table where there is beauty and grace in the smallest detail. Offering a selection of recipes both traditional and innovative. You can view more recipes using specific products by clicking under Product Detailed Description.
Once dough has been rolled out spread generously with La Favorita Artichoke and Garlic Crema. Add 1/2 inch whole circles of bufala mozzarella on top of Artichoke and Garlic Crema. Place Artichoke hearts sliced in ½ inch whole circles on top of mozzarella distributing them evenly throughout the surface of the pizza leaving some areas exposed. Place a ¼ teaspoon of Artichoke and Garlic Cream on top of each whole artichoke. Sprinkle with shredded provolone cheese and pine nuts. Brush crust with extra virgin olive oil. Bake until edge of dough starts turning brown, make sure pizza gets turned a ¼ turn every 30 seconds or so. Remove pizza once cheese has melted and edges are brown. Cut the pizza into squares and enjoy.
Roasted Beets with Chocolate and Balsamic Glaze
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil and arrange 1 lb of trimmed, peeled and wedge-cut red beets in a single layer. Coat with 2 T extra virgin olive oil. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes. In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup of aged balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 cup turbinado (raw) sugar, 1/2 t pure vanilla extract and 1/4 t salt. Warm over medium heat until mixture combines and thickens and begins to take on a glossy appearance. Remove beets from oven. Cool slightly and toss with glaze.
Seasonal Traditional seasonal specialties and holiday traditions. The subtlety of design and Italian sense of style can be found in the packaging of many of our products making them perfect for gift giving.
Since 1835 Sorelle Nurzia has been baking this traditional Milanese cake-like bread so loved by Italians for Christmas and holiday gatherings. Don't confuse this panettone with the mass marketed panettone found in big box discount stores in the States. It is about as far removed in taste and quality as mortadella is from b-o-l-o-g-n-a. Fresh and flavorful, soft and airy, Sorelle Nurzia panettone can be eaten right from the box, warmed as toast or made into a delicious bread pudding.
Sold Out. Will Return Holiday Season 2013.
Sustainable Cashmere From the town of Radda in Chianti, hand woven Cashmere scarves are made from Chianti Cashmere Goats that freely roam the Tuscan hillsides. No fossil fuels, no chemicals of any kind,no hormones, no antibiotics or feeds are used to raise the goats. What is taken from the land is given back entirely traceable from the raw materials to the finished products in the making these luxurious one a kind scarves.
With meticulous care and attention the wool of Chianti Cashmere Goats is transformed into finished cashmere yarn that is handwoven by Tuscan weavers into scarves of unsurpassed quality. In an era that has marked the destruction of the small farm and lessened the ability of artisan producers to remain true to their traditions L'AZIENDA AGRICOLA LA PENISOLA remains a model for small-scale agricultural enterprise. All of the fibers used are natural (undyed). Hand-made exclusively in Italy.
Solid and bold stripe patterns with muted colors of beige, grey and taupe reflecting the colors of the Chianti Cashmere Goat breed. Pictures are representative of typical designs and colors As each scarve is woven individually, designs and colors may vary according to availability and season.
Umbrian Linens The tablescapes of the Italian tavola can be as rustic as a rural casa colonica or a refined as a Renaissance villa. Known for both functionality and beauty the evocative colors of our Umbrian linens reflect the beauty of the Italian landscape, the allure of ancient patterns and the skill of the weaver. For advice and care instructions go to FAQ at Customer Service.
A classic Renaissance inspired design shimmering with small scrolls, leaves, flowers and amphora vases by Tessitura Pardi. The continuous curves of the pattern are based on ancient amphorae used to transport and store oil, wine and perfume during ancient times.
The white water lily (ninfea) has been used as a symbol of beauty and grace throughout the centuries. Immortalized in the mosaic ruins of Pompeii, admired in the Gardens of Boboli, the white water lily becomes the elemental design of Tessitura Pardi's Ninfea Rustica table runner. Hand-knotted fringe and luminous fibers create a runner of exqusite design and heirloom quality.
Made by that fine Italian hand well known for quality and design by Tessitura Pardi, the evocative colors of the Umbrian hills are captured by the artful weaving of traditional linen towels in the "jacquard" style. Api Coloniale has design details of the api, bee in Italian, said to bring luck and good fortune.
The art and architecture of Damascus, one of the most ancient cities in the world, can be seen in the Damasco Rustica pattern by Tessitura Pardi. The evocative colors of the Umbrian hills are captured by the artful weaving of traditional linens in the "jacquard" style with details reminiscent of Renaissance frescoes influenced by the ornate and stylized patterns of eastern design.