The addition of SNOB confetti almonds imported from the Confetti Crispo company Italy has been greeted with so much enthusiasm by customers we have spent some time investigating other possible food offerings to bring in as well. We are thrilled to share a series of new items now available in store which we have personally sampled and enjoyed greatly.
Jams abound on the market. What is so special about these jams? Gigi brand jams are made with 80% fruit. They are delicious in a sandwich, on toast, mixed in yoghurt, as a crepe or pancake topping, with ice cream… use your imagination. Each flavour is gluten free.
Also available is bomba – a spicy spread favoured in Italy. This is also gluten free.
- Hot Bomba - $6.99/314 mL glass jar
- Peach Jam - $5.99/380 mL glass jar
- Raspberry Jam – $5.99/380 mL glass jar
- Strawberry Jam – $5.99/380 mL glass jar
- Wildberry Jam – $5.99/380 mL glass jar
Pasta - $3.99 per pound bag
Most pastas available in grocery stores are made using teflon dies and heat dried for speed of production. Our Gigi brand pastas are made using slower traditional methods – something we appreciate as old fashioned candy makers who still work to produce handmade chocolates in small batches on marble tables.
Each pasta is slowly extruded through bronze dies then air dried. The distinctive ‘hook’ – a signature of straight pastas being air dried – is quite noticeable in the linguini and spaghetti varieties. These slow processing methods allows both nutrients and flavour to be retained. It also allows from some intriguing pasta shapes.
In today’s climate of increased awareness about healthy, natural foods we are pleased to offer some gluten free, GMO free (genetically modified organism) gourmet pasta sauces.
- Arrabbiata Sauce (with Hot Peppers) - $5.99/580 mL jar
- Napoletana Sauce (Tomato & Basil) – $5.99 /580 mL jar
- Ortolana Sauce (Garden Vegetable) - $5.99 /580 mL jar
- Porcini Sauce (Porcini Mushroom) - $5.99/580 mL jar
Need a fast meal in a bag? Use one of the pastas coupled with your choice of pasta sauce. Delicious!
In our products of Italy section we also carry an organic balsamic vinegar from Modena.
- Balsamic Vinegar – $5.95/500 mL bottle
Quite quickly these items have become favourite additions into gift bags and baskets being made up for customers. Once you try them we think you’ll be hooked too.
Risotto is one of the most common ways that rice is cooked in Italian cuisine and originated in Northern Italy. Risotto is usually an appetizer but it can also be used as a side for many dishes. We have Risotto imported from Italy available in two different varieties. Each package is priced at $2.50 and makes two to three portions.
- Risotto with porcini mushrooms
- Risotto with saffron sauce