It's true that my "figure" doesn't lie, surely my passion for food is quite obvious, for taste and all things yummy! My customers tell me that, when I describe the Italian cold cuts available at my counter, I always make their mouths water and they can't leave without buying something good. For me, food is happiness, conviviality, the explosion of tastes is new and unique every single time.
This morning a regular customer came to my shop, a kind woman, bubbly, a sporty woman who pays attention to her physique, but there is one thing she can't resist- ham. And as I always have done with all of my customers, I got her into bad habits and every time she walks into the shop she manages to find a different ham to try. Some are cut by hand, others using the slicer, and when I see the smile in people's eyes at the very taste, I feel well paid!
She trusts my judgement every day and at lunch eats ham and bread followed by a fruit, every time we choose a different ham and bread together, even if she goes in fads, this lady has preferred Parma Ham for a while now but is trying culatello. I plan to let her try matured ham next. This woman is right: a glass of Italian red wine and a ham sandwich are a real treat to the palate.
The good food culture has always been a must for Italians. From north to south, choosing quality products from the starter to wine is the Italian prerogative. Over the past few years, the motto “you are what you eat” has been a guideline for people all over the world, not only in Italy. The logic of fast food is opposed and slow food is favourable. It is important to realise that eating well doesn't mean not being able to eat something that is prepared quickly, rather choosing the right products and assembling them i the proper way.
A very famous Italian chef says that even a simple sandwich can be a high quality product and can easily fall into the famous Mediterranean diet that is good for both our physique and our taste buds. If we choose good oven baked bread, or, why not, even one homemade by us, along with a quality ham that we know the origin of: the best being a culatello or a Parma ham, we can add a slice or two of Reggiano Parmesan cheese and a couple of salad leaves seasoned with extra virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar from Modena. A quality sandwich, fast to make and fast to eat... fastfood- Italian style.
Suggestion: When you are on your lunch break, remember to take some time for yourselves, accompany this delicious sandwich with a glass of good Italian red wine and then go back to your working day.
You never age at the table! The proverbs are the wisdom of the people and, in this case, medical studies confirm it. A good diet keep us young! Many foods such as kiwis, green tea and chocolate contain antioxidants, which act against ageing. Red wine is also part of this category. Recently, two Italian researchers, Andrea Bellavia and Nicola Orsini, who work at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, published a scientific study with which they demonstrated that, thanks to the equivalent of a glass of red wine a day, people live longer.
The phenol contained in the skin of the grape is responsible for its anti-ageing quality and red wine is made with must. This is different to that of white wine that is obtained without the contact of grape skin. So, Fromm the skin of the grape, the elixir for a longer life is made.
We need not fear ageing any longer! A good glass of Italian red wine will give us a longer life.
If we add the benefits on the cardiovascular system due to its antioxidant properties, we can confirm that at the Italian table, you never age!
For Italians, choosing a good wine is never easy. Special attention must be paid when purchasing wine because it is associated with special occasions: organising a dinner for friends, a romantic dinner, even a treat to take to friends' and relatives' houses. Buying an Italian wine can not be rushed, it is a choice that is to be pondered upon and all the factors need to be taken into account: who the wine is for, what food will accompany it, if there will be women present, where the guests come from and many other shades of decision making technique.
We can give you advice on how to make a grand impression and to enjoy a night in company with a lovely glass of Italian wine. First of all it helps if you know, even more-or-less, the dishes that are to be served, we can give you a few suggestions: if the menu consists of fish, obviously we advise an Italian white wine, like Passerina. This is a wine, which goes well with all sea food dishes and can be enjoyed right from the starter. If, on the other hand, the meal is set to be land based and you would like to exalt all of the flavours, a red wine would be ideal, preferably the Amarone di Valpolicella; it is an important wine, full bodied and a definite must-taste, one of those wines that just takes you. We suggest that you pour out this wine about an hour before it is due to be enjoyed, however. If you have decided to wow your guests with a homemade pie or pastry dish and you want to give a gourmet feel to the meal, a dry white wine such as Vermaccia di Oristano di Riserva is by far what you need to make the most of the evening.
The Italian spin on wine, cuisine, a perfectly laid table and the people who you most enjoy spending your time with will not only better your day... but your life!