June 2011

Domenica Marchetti's Glorious Pasta of Italy Cookbook

Every now and then there’s a cookbook that becomes part of the family treasure, holding more memories than the sterling silver, to be passed through the generations. Years from now grandchildren will refer to the dates and notes in the margins and marvel over the recipes. That is my prediction for Domenica Marchetti’s Glorious Pasta of Italy.

With this book, I am tempted to place flour and eggs in a mound on the counter and start mixing. My daughters and I are looking forward to plying loops of pasta for Macheroni alla Mulinara Domus. Until then, top quality dry pasta (such as Pastificio Vicidomini’s selections) will have to suffice.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara (with Spaghetti Chitarra and Titone) kicked off our Glorious Pasta experiences. Our second meal was BLT Bucatini (olive oil: Crudo). On Friday night warm Sweet Pasta Puffs finished our al fresco meal late in the evening.Last night we enjoyed Gemelli with Fresh Herbs and Chopped Olives. (Our olive oil? Principe di Mascio).

This is a bit like sharing a family secret. Buy this book for the achievable recipes and the joy it will add to your meals with family and friends.

Visit Domenica’s blog, Domenica Cooks, for more ideas and recipes.

Award winners in stock at Olio2go

Fabulous Olive Oils from the Los Angeles Competition

Olive Oil Award Winners: 2011 Los Angeles Competition

The last major awards of the olive oil year were bestowed last week at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition. (They have an impressive wine competition, too!)

With 12 Italian Award winners, we have a greater selection of winners than any other store. We invite you to taste these astounding olive oils!

Cafaggio is available in an oil and vinegar gift set. Ascolana and Olio del Carmine may be purchased individually or within the sampler gift set.

Left to right, the awards are noted below.

Olio Verde al Limone, Bronze Medal, Sicily
Olio Verde, Silver Medal, Sicily
Frescobaldi Laudemio (bottom box), Silver Medal, Tuscany
Azienda del Carmine Sampler Set containing four selections, Marche
Olio de la Marchia, Ascolana, Silver Medal, Marche
Olio del Carmine, Silver Medal, Marche
Rosso from Villa Zottopera, Best of Class, Gold Medal, Sicily
Primo from Frantoio Cutrera, Silver Medal, Sicily
Titone Biologica DOP, Silver Medal, Sicily
Tenuta di Capezzana, Silver Medal, Tuscany
Cafaggio, Bronze Medal, Tuscany
Agrumato Tangerine, Bronze Medal, Abruzzo
Crudo, Silver Medal, Puglia

The full Wine and Olive Oil results by country:
Olive Oil