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Extra Virgin Oil Benefits for Mom and Child

Extra Virgin Oil Benefits for Mom and Child

Extra virgin olive oil is a typical ingredient of the Mediterranean diet, whose characteristics are scientifically recognized as essential for the growth of children and the well-being of adults….

Carbonara Day: All You Need To Know

Carbonara Day: All You Need To Know

Carbonara Day is celebrated – promoted by Union food pasta makers and by Ipo (International Pasta Organization) with the We Love Pasta website – which last year involved over 500 million people who they participated on…

Saffron and Mushrooms Gnocchi Recipe

Saffron and Mushrooms Gnocchi Recipe

This saffron and mushrooms gnocchi recipe is delicious and very quick to make. Gnocchi are an ancient food invented in Veneto initially prepared with various types of flours (wheat, rice) or even with dry bread or breadcrumb, sometimes vegetables of various types were...

Campania Olive Oil: IGP Recognition

Campania Olive Oil: IGP Recognition

Campania Olive Oil presents traditional, unique and inimitable gastronomic charachteristics. These olive oils that have been made since ancient years, with production methods handed down from generation to generation

Balsamic Vinegar PGI

Balsamic Vinegar PGI of Modena is produced in the territories of the province of Modena and, although the name does not suggest it, also in those of the province of Reggio Emilia. It is a lower quality vinegar than PDO. More widespread, cheaper, but also less pure. As...

Pizzoccheri Pasta

Pizzoccheri Pasta

Pizzoccheri Pasta are a type of pasta which is very fresh and its shape is made with a mixture of buckwheat flour, strong flour and water.The history of pizzoccheri takes us to Valtellina, to be precise to Teglio, a splendid village in the province of Sondrio. Teglio...

History of Saffron

History of Saffron

The history of saffron starts since ancient times, it is mentioned in Greek myths and in the Bible. For centuries our Crocus Sativus has been appreciated in the kitchen and has always been considered precious, so much so that it is a symbol of wealth.   About Saffron...

Saffron in Pistils

Saffron in Pistils

Using pure saffron is very simple, we will explain in 3 steps how to use saffron pistils (or more correctly stigmas) for your recipes. The spice called saffron is obtained from the stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower, belonging to the Iridaceae family. Successfully...

The History of Colomba

The History of Colomba

The History of Colomba starts with a legend, but first let's talk about what actually is, Colomba. The Colomba Pasquale is the typical leavened cake of the Italian tradition, which is brought to the table on Easter day together with the Neapolitan Pastiera; and is...

Parmesan Aged Over 12 Months

Parmesan Aged Over 12 Months

Parmesan aged over 12 months is the youngest Parmigiano Reggiano, which is the minimum seasoning for the Consortium to be able to give it the D.O.P.     Ageing Phase The aging phase is a crucial step to obtain an excellent Parmigiano Reggiano, in fact, once the...

Why Extra Virgin is Better

Why Extra Virgin is Better

Just 50 ml of extra virgin olive oil with a high phenolic content is enough to improve endothelial function. The reports on the effects on the cardiovascular system of olive oils should specify the category and characteristics of the product: it is the extra virgin...

Taralli History

Taralli History

Taralli is an exceptional and peculiar type of crunchy bread that has the shape of a ring, nowadays is eaten by everyone, but back when it was invented only the poor ate it.

Grissini Bread History

Grissini Bread History

Grissini are actually bread sticks and nowdays it’s easy to find them everywhere but many years ago a doctor used them in order to make Turin’s duke gain his health and strength back.

Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar Recognitions

Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar Recognitions

Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegars made themselves known all over the world and enjoyed unanimous success among the European public…

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Balsamic vinegar of Modena, thanks to its unmistakable bitter-sweet flavor that lend itself to the most varied combinations in the kitchen, to its velvety density, which is a real pleasure for the palate, has distinguished itself all over the world, soon becoming...

Balsamic Vinegar Composition

Knowing what is balsamic vinegar composition is a very common curiosity. The fundamental difference between every other vinegar and balsamic vinegar consists of the raw material: grape must. Photo credit: wikipedia According to experts, three factors are fundamental...

Tagliatelle

Many types of pasta exist and today we are going to talk about tagliatelle! According to legend, tagliatelle was invented in 1487 by Mastro Zafirano, on the occasion of the marriage of Lucrezia Borgia with the Duke of Ferrara. Allegedly the cook was inspired by the...

Grana Padano DOP: the name’s Origin in Stresa

Grana Padano DOP: the name’s Origin in Stresa

Grana Padano DOP is a hard, cooked and slow-maturing cheese, made with cow's milk from cows milked no more than twice a day and fed with green or preserved forage from the production area. This year marks the 70th anniversary of this world-famous Italian cheese. But...

Grana Padano Riserva: The Gift For The New President

Grana Padano Riserva: The Gift For The New President

It's official: Italy just sent a whole Grana Padano Riserva to The White House...But why? The president of the Consortium, Renato Zaghini and of the general manager, Stefano Berni said "we hope to restore the excellent dialogue we always had with the United States,...

Tuscan Olive Oil

Tuscan Olive Oil

So what's the difference between PDO and PGI Tuscan olive oil? The distinction lies in the production process. The acronym PDO stands for Protected Designation of Origin, while IGP stands for Protected Geographical Indication. In the case of DOP products, all the...

Italian Seasonings: The 3 Most Used

Italian Seasonings: The 3 Most Used

Many people all over the world tend to use Italian seasonings in order to enrich the taste of every dish, sometimes mixing them. Photo credit: Canva Used with meat, fish, pasta, eggs, bruschette and veggies, seasonings are perfect with many dishes in order to make...

Baci Perugina: The Romantic Story Behind It

Baci Perugina: The Romantic Story Behind It

Baci Perugina was invented by Luisa Spagnoli, in 1922. Spagnoli was looking for a way to recover the processing waste of other products and created this sweet with gianduia chocolate inside, chopped hazelnuts and a whole hazelnut inside, all covered with dark...

Balsamic Vinegar Health Benefits

Balsamic Vinegar Health Benefits

Balsamic vinegar health benefits are many, and today we are going to tell you 5 of them.     Balsamic vinegar is a real panacea that, used day after day, will be appreciated not only by the palate! Benefit # 1: It helps you lose weight Balsamic vinegar is a...

Cured meats in Emilia Romagna

Cured meats in Emilia Romagna

Cured meats are an excellence of the Italian food. Emilia-Romagna offers many types. Eat them accompanied by fried dumplings or tigelle and piadina. Also a good glass of Lambrusco or Sangiovese is never missing either!

Brain Superfoods: Grana Padano and Olive oil

Brain Superfoods: Grana Padano and Olive oil

Brain Superfoods are super important to keep ones longevity. In Italy there are 14 million persons over 65 and half of these, having exceeded the age of 75, are even more at risk of neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive impairment and virus infections, as demonstrated...

Carasau bread history

Carasau bread history

Its history starts all the way back to before 1000 BC. The women prepared it for their men who were working as shepherds in the fields. The bread was made in such a way it wouldn’t lose its flavor and texture and was able to be stored for a long period of time.

The Origin of Balsamic Vinegar Term

The Origin of Balsamic Vinegar Term

What is the origin of balsamic vinegar term? Well, the term "balsamic" coined in 1747 for the first time, only serves to differentiate this type from the classic one, since the starting matrix is ​​the same: both, in fact they are derived from wine grapes. Balsamic...

North of Italy Mushrooms

North of Italy Mushrooms

Italy is a land of mushrooms. A lot of North of Italy mushrooms come from the Alps to the Apennines, where mushroom hunters who, armed with baskets and badges for the authorization of the collection, set out in the woods.  The porcino continues to be the most coveted...

Types of Balsamic Vinegar

Three types of balsamic vinegar have been on the market for some years: traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, traditional balsamic vinegar of Reggio Emilia, balsamic vinegar of Modena. All three flaunt the adjective Balsamic on the label of the glass container. The...

Oil Digital Fingerprint

Oil Digital Fingerprint

Oil Digital Fingerprint...what is it? It is one of the objectives of the Violin inter-university project, "Enhancement of Italian products derived from olive oil through innovative analytical techniques", which studies the characteristics of Italian PDO oils....

Ligurian Oil: PDO and Monocultivar

Ligurian oil is loved amongst Italian and, of course, is one of the regions best known for using it especially for its infamous focaccia Ligure! Photo Credit: pixabay Riviera Ligure PDO Italian extra virgin olive oil is obtained from the fruits of olives of the...

How to cook dried mushroom

How to cook dried mushroom

Dried mushrooms are a great pantry solution to create amazing and tasty recipes but how to cook the dried mushroom?.In Italy, the most famous are the porcini Italian mushrooms that grow naturally in the Italian mountains, the Alps and the Apennines, and which are...

How to Spot a High Quality Panettone?

How to Spot a High Quality Panettone?

Countdown to Christmas has officially begun and this year just like every other one, in addition to the rushing for the perfect gifts, one of the most important missions is the choice of a high quality panettone, which according to tradition is the protagonist at the...

Balsamic Vinegar Uses

Balsamic Vinegar Uses

Balsamic vinegar uses can vary. With its irresistible scent and its black or dark brown color, balsamic vinegar is a condiment with unique characteristics born in Italy, produced for centuries in particular in the Modena and Reggio Emilia vinegar factories....

What Does EVO Mean?

What Does EVO Mean?

So what does EVO mean? The term EVO, referring to olive oil, is the abbreviation for extra virgin olive oil. This type of oil is obtained, as required by a specific regulation, it's obtained through mechanical cold extraction or cold pressing. Both are operations that...

Capers – a New PDO in Sicily

May 2020, there has been the creation of the new PDO Aeolian Capers. The production of this new PDO currently stands at 600-700 quintals a year and about half comes from Salina.

How to store cured meats

How to store cured meats

Cured meats are loved by every Italian, but knowing how to store them is key in order to enjoy them longer and better.

The Cultivation of Capers

The Cultivation of Capers

The cultivation of capers has ancient origins: it was born between North Africa and the Middle East and there are traces of it in the Bible, but also in the writings of Hippocrates, Aristotle and Pliny the Elder. Photo Credit: Wikipedia It is a resistant plant, able...

Seasonings for Pasta

Seasonings for Pasta

Seasonings for pasta are very important in order to add flavor...Many seasonings are used in Italian recipes and they usually are dried herbs and spices, sometimes even powder or vegetables like garlic. Photo Credit: PxHere Pasta is a classic Italian dish that is...

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