I hope you will come to think of me as your ‘Personal Shopper’ in Italy. I can show you many things about the experience of living, eating and shopping in Italy, all in the comfort of your home.
Prices will be set at whatever the converstion rates are at the time of purchase in Italy. I am specializing in products not available here. Fresh, full flavored items Italians use in their own home cooking.
There are dried porcini — the most magnificent mushrooms you’ll ever taste Their fragrance is almost overpowering in their dried form. It is earthy and reminds you of fields and warm fires.
- Heavenly in risotto, or any soup, stew or pasta dish
Usually I can find two qualities of porcini, both are super flavorful. And, both are well worth their dcos
POMODORI SECCHI – SUNDRIED TOMATOES
These most beautiful, bright sun dried tomatoes you’ll ever see.
From Compagna, they are richly flavored and can be used dried or re- hydrated. Don’t forget to use any of the liquid used to hydrate – it’s very flavorful and can add a depth of flavor and richness to any dish.
Here’s a great recipe for a dried tomato vinaigrette. Lots of flavor and fresh taste for any kind of greens.
Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon minced shallots
½ teaspoon chopped fresh herbs (any mix of basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint)
2 tablespoons chopped dried tomatoes, rehydrated in tepid water for 10 min.
1 small clove minced garlic
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Place all ingredients except oil in food processor and puree about 4-5 minutes. While processor is running, slowly drizzle oil into other ingredients. Yield is about 1 cup.
I am so happy to be able to bring you spices from the world famous fresh market in Campo dei Fiori, Rome. This market has been in existence since the 13th century. While “Spezie Famose nel Mondo” (Famous spices of the world) has been there at least three generations, the Berardi brothers have increased the scale and size of their booth. Mauro has developed a way of flash freeze drying the spices so they retain their flavor a full two years if kept in the plastic bags they sell them in. Marco works in the booth, but I’m not sure he speaks any english, he’s the quiet son. Marco, is quick to pull out his notebook of press clippings from all over the world. While he promised for about ten years to create a website, I’m pretty certain it will never happen. BUT. He has agreed to permit me to finally bring his spices to the US.
The most popular is Campo dei Fiori Mix – it’s a combination of garlic, parsley, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes and more.
Campo dei Fiori Mix –
Mauro’s Mix – This is without garlic and can be used with or without heat.
Caccio & Pepe – (This is really a extra fine ground pepper) but seems to retain the flavor of fresh ground.
L’Aquila Saffron threads
Please note our prices are based on current availability and exchange rates.
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