Italy is filled with a rich and diverse culture that has influenced the world with its cuisine, fashion and more. Stretched across the famous boot-shaped country are 20 regions. Each of these regions of Italy offer their own ingredients and cuisine. Together these regions build the Italian culture.
We can’t all hop on a plane to Italy and travel the Italian regions. And you don’t have to! Sansone Market will bring you the best products from Italy. Shopping at Sansone Market allows you to prepare gourmet dishes that you can’t even find at your local italian restaurants.
Emilia-Romagna Parmigiano Reggiano
Located in Northern Italy, Emilia-Romagna is best known for creating everyone’s favorite pasta topping- parmigiano reggiano. Parmigiano reggiano is an extraordinary cheese with an amazing aroma, taste, and texture. It is considered the “King of Cheeses” stretching its popularity back nine generations. The cattle in the province of Emilia-Romagna are exclusive and only fed locally grown forage. This allows parmigiano reggiano to be an all-natural product, always free of additives and preservatives.
Parmigiano Reggiano matures for a minimum of 12 months. By then the cheese can be inspected to see if it lives up to its name. When ready, parmigiano reggiano is labeled according to how long it matured for. Further, the cheese is sent out to places like Sansone Market. Whether you’re looking for block or grated parmesan cheese Sansone Market offers many varieties. When cut, the cheese becomes crumbly and soluble and always exceeds expectations. Add it to your favorite pizza or pasta for a remarkable and unmistakable flavor.
Puglia’s Olive Trees
Puglia, Italy is defined by its olive trees. Located in the “heel” of the “boot”, Puglia produces more olive oil than any other region of Italy. Further, it provides about 12% of the world’s olive oil production. There are about 50 varieties of olives in Puglia, some of which are particular to the area. Sansone Market has its own large variety of olives ranging from green to red to black olives. Moreover they have pitted olives, olive paste and everything in between.
Olive oil is a staple in Italian cuisine. It’s not just drizzled on meals to make them look fancy and impress friends. In Italy, olive oil is a way of life. It’s used in the background of every dish. Sansone Market supplies a number of different olive oils from Italy for shoppers. A bottle of wine can last one dinner, while a bottle of olive oil will last you many meals.
Cassoeula is an Italian winter dish most popular in Lombardy. Cassoeula is a pork and cabbage stew that can include other ingredients. The origin of the dish comes from the end of pig slaughter season. Since the good parts of the pig need to be matured, people ate the least valuable parts includng the pig ribs, rind, head, trotter, and ears. Some combine other meats like sausage, chicken or goose. However, the dish also incorporates an abundance of vegetables like carrots, cabbage, celery and more.
The dish is served accompanied by another Lombardy native called polenta. Polenta is an Italian dish going back centuries. It’s made with flour and water. Today polenta is made with corn flour or cornmeal. It usually holds a porridge-like texture and should always be smooth. It can be enjoyed as a side in dishes like cassoeula or alone in a bowl. It can be fried or baked. Don’t know how to make it? Sansone Market has instant yellow polenta so you can just worry about enjoying it. But, if you’re up for the challenge, Sansone Market sells corn meal and corn starch to prepare your polenta.
Tuscan Bistecca Alla Fiorentina
Traditionally Bistecca Alla Fiorentina is made with a porterhouse cut of meat from Chianina. Chianina is an ancient breed of Tuscan cattle that is known for its flavorful meat. Today, the dish is made with a beef porterhouse cut. The recipe is simple. Coat the meat with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste. The meat is then grilled on high heat so it’s rare in the middle with a nice crust on the outside. And that’s it! To impress your guests, serve your steak with cannellini beans, roasted potatoes and an arugula salad bringing the taste of Tuscany to your table.
Italy is filled with dishes that tell each region’s history through culinary masterpieces. Sansone Market imports their produce and products from Italy. Shopping at Sansone Market can help you bring the food of your ancestors to your kitchen table.