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Italian Father's Day with flavour

I discovered that father's day is something we celebrate in most of the world, therefore I have chosen to talk to you today about how 19th Marh can be a day of magical festivities. My daughters are big now so they don't wait in anticipation as I open the handmade gift they made at school and they don't smother me in kisses and cuddles as they used to. That said, they have never lost the meaning of the day and they always tell their dad that they love him and always make a wonderful lunch on the day.

You must be thinking... 'it's easy for them having Italian food at hand for their daddy!'. This is for sure and is the reason that I would like to enlighten sons and daughters of the world with in my suggestions for a father's day treat fr the taste buds! Dad will be over the moon and you can share the joyous day with the family.

A hamper full of doc Italian cheeses with a bottle or two of a fine Italian wine is the best way to enjoy father's day together with family. According to Italian tradition, on father's day you eat a kind of profiterole called "Bigne di San Giuseppe" so don't forget to accompany them with a lovely dessert wine.

Luigi tells us about the history of Brunello

Welcome to my wine shop! Today I'd like to tell you a little about the history of the wine, which became one of the most famous in the world and is symbolic of Italian red wine: Brunello di Montalcino red wine.

In a country such as Italy, which has been producing wine for the last 3500 years, Brunello di Montalcino could be considered a recent invention. This is not a wine of tradition, rather the fine  result of the studies of a single grape grower, Ferruccuio Biondi-Santi. In around 1870, Feruccio Biondi-Santi began planting vineyards as a clone of Sangiovese, known as Brunello. The young oenologist noted a variation of Sangiovese, and called it “Grosso” to distinguish it from Chianti, which produced smaller grapes, which were also more resistant to the attacks of phylloxera, which devastated thereafter the vineyards of the area. At last, Biondi-Santi completely substituted  the vineyard with this variation of grape and made a very satisfying wine.

Biondi-Santi didn't stop there, going against local tradition; in general lightly sparkling red wines were of preference at that time, but the oenologist went ahead and let the wine age for 4 years in oak barrels and then bottled it. The first official year of Brunello was 1888 and the contents are pure testimony of the incredible potential that the ageing process of these vineyards has. Over the years of ageing the wine, it became silky in taste, a more harmonious with delicate and intense flavours.

Drinking a glass of Brunello is a unique experience , in my shop an exceptional Brunello can be found, my advice is to pair it with the right foods, obviously Italian. A good bottle of Brunello di Montalcino is an excellent wine for red meat and game, especially with mushrooms or truffles, and also goes well with cheeses (mature Tomo, Tuscan Pecorino, spicy Gorgonzola, Reggiano Parmesan). With dishes from international cuisine, the wine goes well with meat or well structured sauces. A suggestion: before serving Brunello di Montalcino, you should follow these precious rules: a few hours before enjoying, uncork the bottle and pour the wine into a carafe for the wine to exhibit the wonderful and unique bouquet of Brunello di Montalcino.

Welcome to Italia

Welcome to the passioneitaliana.com webshop where we sell good food according to our own philosophy. The site was born when three friends were chatting over their plates of pasta and toasting with a good Italian wine. The grand beauty that is Italy revolves around quality: the quality of its art, the quality of its history, the quality of its tradition and quality of food. Food, for the Italians, is a way to simply be together, a way to celebrate, food is culture.

With the passioneitaliana.com webshop we wanted to introduce tradition to technology, we made the 2.0 generation available for typical Italian products all excellently and exclusively made in Italy. We hope to share the pleasure of conversing around the table full of typical Italian products with you. We are convinced that it will be really easy to bring a bit of Italy to your home. With only a few clicks, products can be with you in a few hours: a pasta of high quality packaged in bronze, the right tomato for preparing a tasty sauce, extra virgin olive oil, buffalo mozzarella, Italian wine... and much, much more.

On the website you can find recipes to guide you in the preparation of lunches and dinners for your guests, on our blog you will find endless advice to buy particular products and to choose rightly. We aim to bring our Italian Passion- Passione Italiana directly to your door!

Spring picnic

Finally the springtime is showing itself and so we may begin to go for outdoor strolls with the family and for bike rides through the fields. Being together in this lovely weather is a great opportunity to regroup, to relax our minds and have fun. In Italy a spring picnic is tradition and on Easter Monday this is absolutely indispensable. However, we all know that no one wants to give up our typical Easter Monday Lunch so we have to organise ourselves well! The passioneitaliana.com online shops give everyone the possibility to buy high quality products at convenient prices and above all without moving from your house. Have you already thought of what to cook? Then there's no time to lose, get to our online market and begin filling up your basket.

First of all, I'd like to let you know that our food is certified for its quality, all products are Italian from small businesses, which are close by and work on the products on their own land. You can prepare a yummy omelette with truffle cream, a salad with balsamic vinegar from Modena, a pasta salad with buffalo mozzarella and pachino tomatoes. To have an original picnic, you can even choose a local loaf of bread and buy all of your products from the Lazio or the Campania region and let your friends taste an unusual Easter lunch. Don't forget to take a good bottle of Italian wine with you to toast this special day!