What makes pasta ‘Italian’?

What makes pasta ‘Italian’?

What makes pasta ‘Italian’? Last week, Lidl received a €1 million fine for allegedly misleading consumers on the origins of two of its dried pasta brands, Italiamo and Combino. According to Italian prosecutors, the German retailer was at fault for emphasising the...
Italian Christmas Foods – What To Look Out For

Italian Christmas Foods – What To Look Out For

Every country around the world has its own Christmas food traditions. From mince pies in the UK and stollen in Germany, to fried chicken in Japan and tamales in Costa Rica, each nation marks the festive season with different edible delights. Italy, of course, is no...
Italy’s five most popular pasta shapes and how to eat them

Italy’s five most popular pasta shapes and how to eat them

Although the origins of pasta are often debated, Italy is undoubtedly the homeland of this carby treat.  According to Aidepi (The Italian Association of sweets and pasta), the country produces over 3 million tonnes of the food-stuff annually.  Whilst just under 2...
Perfect Prosciutto:   How to tell your prosciuttos apart

Perfect Prosciutto: How to tell your prosciuttos apart

Whether it’s wrapped around a minted fig or wedged among mozzarella and tomatoes between crusty bread, prosciutto has a privileged place in Italian gastronomic culture.  Reflecting the diversity of the country, there are many different types of prosciutto, all with...
How to buy dry pasta like an Italian

How to buy dry pasta like an Italian

Pasta is one of the most loved foodstuffs on the planet. With a history stretching back to the 12th century (or possibly much earlier), it continues to bring comfort to the tables of many, regardless of where they are in the world. Despite the universal popularity of...