Winter is not over. Sure we have cherry blossoms and patches of sunshine, but two big storms this week are keeping us in rain boots and extra cups of tea. What do we do while we wait for Spring produce to catch up with our growing impatience with root vegetables?
It's time for comfort food, and the Italians are experts: warm plates of pasta, rich sauces, great wine, and decadent desserts. Check out these easy-to-prepare, staff favorites to get you through a rainy weekend.
Italian Harvest Authentic Artisanal Colorful Pasta
Pasta simply cannot get more beautiful! Delightful shapes, bright colors that hold when cooked, great texture, and flavor that is delicious in even the simplest dishes. This pasta-party in a bag brightens up Winter doldrums.
Cucina & Amore Sauces
These are some of the best pasta sauces we have tried. Produced and directly imported from Italy, they are authentic and taste (quite frankly) better than home made. You will be pleasantly surprised by what a jar of pasta sauce can be!
Il Casolare Cold Pressed, Unfiltered, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil
This buttery, dark green oil emits the fragrance of freshly-pressed olives. It's sweet, slightly grassy with hints of black pepper. It comes in a beautifully-designed bottle and reusable pour spout.
La Piana Grilled Peppers
Grilled and packed in oil, herbs and spices according to traditional Italian recipe, they make a perfect appetizer on their own, or served with assorted cheeses and crackers. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar to make wonderful hors d'oeuvres or a side dish to complement meat and fish.
2010 Brancaia Rosso Toscano
A Tuscan red blended from three grapes. The 2010 is easygoing, but with character and substance. It conjures up the taste of blueberries and dark cherries and a darker earthy-ness.
Talenti Frozen Gelato
Talenti sets the ice cream bar a few notches higher. Its velvety feel, fresh ingredients, and a indulgent selection of beautifully-balanced flavors keep us going back to the freezer section.
Lazzaroni Amaretto Cookies
Crispy, delightful, and amazing when crumbled over ice cream or dipped in red wine! Lazzaroni Amaretto Cookies are classic Old World goodness. Treat yourself!