This luxurious selection of sweet and savoury artisan goodies is a celebration of the tastes of the Mediterranean. From Italy there is authentic slow-dried pasta from Gragnano, traditional handmade taralli snacks from Puglia, green olive pate made with prized Sicilian nocellara olives and chocolate treats made using the suppliers' home grown IGP Piedmont hazelnuts. For a taste of Spain, we've found delicious cheese stuffed peppers from the banks of the Ebro delta, a delicious artichoke cream that makes a tasty dip or spread, and the best caramelised almonds that we have ever tasted. Combined with a bottle of premium DOCG prosecco from Valdobbiadene, this is a wonderful gift for a special occasion.
Prosecco DOCG - A superior Italian dry, sparkling wine from a respected family run vineyard in the Valdobbiadene region- the traditional heart of Prosecco production.
Iozzino's Fusilli Casarecce Pasta - These short noodles were traditionally made by rolling small rectangles of dough around a thin wooden pin. The twisted shape makes it perfect for holding sauces such as a simple pesto, or a chunky sauce with tomatoes, cheese and vegetables. Iozzino use 100% Italian wheat and the water of their local spring to make their bronze drawn pasta. The bronze die and the slow drying give the pasta a rough texture that is a perfect vehicle for your sauce.
Perche Ci Credo's 'Cacio & Pepe' sauce - a full-bodied tomato based sauce with an intense flavour of cacio cheese and black pepper. It's inspired by a simple and tasty Roman recipe that combines a lightly fried onion, fresh tomato pulp, extra virgin olive oil and a shower of cacio cheese and black pepper. A pinch of parsley is added at the end of the cooking process.
Leccino olives - these are hand-picked and left to ferment, to eliminate the bitter taste of oleuropein (an alkaloid found in olives). They are then seasoned with salt, flavoured with oregano, pitted and preserved in extra virgin olive oil. They are perfect served with aperitif drinks and cocktails, or an excellent ingredient to use when making pizzas, focaccias or any number of pasta sauces or meat and fish dishes.
Green olive pate - produced by a Sicilian co-operative committed to preserving sustainable, local methods of processing the region's prized Nocellara olives. Great as a dip, or on crusty ciabatta bread, stirred into pasta or spread onto meat or fish before roasting.
Taralli Classici - Zio Pasquale's taralli are the best version of this traditional Puglian snack that we have tasted. We’re in love with the crispy fennel infused mini-bagels that crumble in the mouth with an intense flavour experience. Perfect with a chilled glass of fizz!
Barroero's 'L'altra Torta' (meaning 'other cake') - this is indeed a cake like no other. It's a delicious brownie-like cake, hand-made from delicious Piedmont IGP hazelnut paste and dark chocolate, without flour. You have to try this melt in the mouth treat!
'Pimiento Cherry Relleno de Queso' (cherry peppers stuffed with cheese) - These delicious little snacks are popular nibbles in Spain, where peppers thrive in the year round sunshine of its southern regions. Conservas Alamanaque is a small, family run factory, using traditional artisanal methods to produce canned organic fruit and vegetables from the Ebro riverbank.
Crema de Alcachofa (artichoke cream) - Create a delicious appetiser by spreading this delicious 'crema de alcachofa' (artichoke cream) on toast or crackers, use as a dip with breadsticks or fresh vegetable crudités, or as a topping for canapés. In Spain the artichoke is prized for both its taste and its health benefits.
Chocolate 'Baci' or 'kisses' from Cortemilia -These are hand made from delicious hazelnut and white chocolate cream enclosed in a dark chocolate casing. Piedmontese hazelnuts are regarded as the best in the world, and the trees of the Langhe region produce a hazelnut with a unique, delicate flavour.
'Almendra caramalizada' (caramelised almonds) these sweet almonds are from the ancient Spanish drylands of Maials in Lleida. This dryland area has the perfect climate for growing almond trees. The locally grown almonds are soft toasted, and then an artisanal method is used to caramelise them with a thin layer of transparent sugar that does not detract from the authentic taste and flavour of the nut. Perfect for sharing with friends, or an indulgent treat for yourself with a cup of coffee.