When you think of Italian ham, no doubt it’s the thin, crumpled slices of velvety smooth, salty-sweet Prosciutto that come to mind. Yet calling all Italian ham ‘Prosciutto’ is akin to calling all white wine ‘Chardonnay’. To the initiated, Prosciutto is a vast world of taste and texture, with each Italian region putting its own […]
In the Mediterranean, vines and olive trees have always grown side by side, making olive oil as integral to the Italian culture as wine. Olive oil is inescapable in Italian cooking; from pasta dishes, to vegetables, to meat or fish, it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include a drizzle of extra virgin olive […]
Chocolate first made its way to Italy in the 16th century, soon after Spanish explorers imported the cocoa bean from the new world. Although it was first used only as a drink for the privileged, it didn’t take long for chocolate to earn a beloved place in Italian desserts. These days, you’ll find Italian chocolate […]
Cheeses from Italy have found their place in the hearts of foodies all over the world. There are hundreds of cheeses in Italy, made virtually everywhere – from the alpine meadows of the north, to the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany to the romantic plains of Sicily. Parmigiano, Mozzarella and Provolone only scratch the surface […]
This short, concise list of Italian cheese terms will help you read the label and understand the taste terms, and will also assist with reading Italian menus. There are additionally some technical cheesemaking terms defined here, let us know what we can add to make the list more complete! A-Z Affumicato – smoked Amarognolo – […]
Black as midnight with a heavenly thick consistency and a sweet, pungent taste, Balsamic Vinegar (aceto balsamico) is one of Italy’s star gourmet products. Balsamic vinegar can be used in everything from salad dressings to dessert. Balsamic Vinegar on salad Short history of Balsamic Vinegar Balsamic vinegar is a distant, distant cousin to ordinary vinegar, […]
A-B Abbacchio – milk fed lamb; lamb in general Acciuga; pl. acciughe – anchovies; anchovies Acerbo – sour; unripe; harsh Aceto balsamico – balsamic vinegar; the best quality is called ” aceto balsamico tradizionale ” Acido – sour, acidic; sharp-tasting Acqua – water; acqua minerale is mineral water Acquacotta – vegetable soup, usually spiced with […]
Italian cuisine is incredibly rich in variety, from the piquant flavors seen in the gastronomy of Naples and Calabria, the Pesto dishes of Liguria to the creamy cheese and risotto dishes of the Italian Alps. Apart from the Chinese, the Italians have got to be the people to have brought their phenomenal cuisine and wines […]
From straight-forward after dinner digestives to complex brandies of real class and distinction, there is plenty of choice for spirits lovers amongst Spain’s selection of Coñacs or Brandy de Jerez. Spanish brandy is generally great value and deservedly very popular – there is a large range of styles and brands to suit every occasion and […]
Aguardiente – A strong transparent spirit distilled from vegetables, called “Firewater”, drunk as a digestif after a heavy meal to aid digestion Albariza – The famous sparkling white soils of Jerez Sherry country, characterized by its high limestone content. Albariño – Fresh, crisp white wine from the Rias Baixas appellation of Galicia. It’s also the […]
Spanish Red Grapes Tempranillo: Spain´s most famous and noble grape. Also known as Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinto Fino. Grown in many regions including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Penedes Garnacha: known as Grenache in France & America, this is the most prominent grape in Priorat Mencia: Spain´s hot and upcoming cult grape […]
Tasty & delicious, Spanish Olive Oil never fails to please the palate Dry, rolling hills studded with gnarled olive trees are an iconic image of Spain. No matter where you travel — the white-walled towns of Andalucía, the vast plains of Castilla y la Mancha, the rugged hills of southern Catalunya, or the quiet rural […]
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