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 and Spreads
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.
- Peach Jam – $6.99/380 mL glass jar
- Raspberry Jam – $6.99/380 mL glass jar
- Wild Berry Jam – $6.99/380 mL glass jar
Also available is bomba – a spicy spread favoured in Italy. This is also gluten free and priced at $6.99/314 mL glass jar.
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.
Each bag of pasta is priced at $3.99 for a pound bag.
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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.
- Napoletana Sauce (Tomato and Basil) – $6.99 /580 mL jar
- Ortolana Sauce (Garden Vegetable) – $6.99 /580 mL jar
- Porcini Sauce (Porcini Mushroom) – $6.99/580 mL jar
Need a quick meal? Use one of the pastas coupled with your choice of pasta sauce. Delicious!
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.
Poker Wafer Cookies
Poker Wafer Cookies are available in five flavours and are priced at $2.00 per package.
These twice baked biscotti cookies make a great treat to have on their own or along with your favourite coffee. They are made using only quality ingredients and using traditions that dates back to the early 1900’s to bring you authentic Italian sweet treats. ‘We have two types available, Almond and Chocolate Chip. Each box is priced at $5.50.
To go along with all of our other gourmet food offerings we also carry Risotto and Polenta imported from Italy. 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. Polenta is a dish of boiled cornmeal used in Italian, French and other European cuisine. Polenta can be eaten hot or you can allow it to cool and solidify which is then baked, fried and grilled.
- Risotto with porcini mushrooms
- Polenta with cheese
We also have Balsamic Vinegar priced at $5.95 for a 500 mL bottle.