Sarda Affumicati inglese

Location
Sardinia. Buggerru (Medio Campidano area)

Product category
Fish,  fish products.

Company history
From the unspoilt coasts of Sardinia, Sarda Affumicati brings to Italian tables a selection of fish products prepared according to our fishermen’s traditions and smoked using the aromatic woods of Mediterranean maquis.
Sarda Affumicati was founded in the early nineties as an offshoot of Acquacoltura Pizzu Rocca, Sardinia’s first aqua-farming company, for the vertical integration of the eel farming business which Pizzu Rocca had in Buggerru, along the southwest coasts of Sardinia.

Why we chose them
Sarda Affumicati has the great merit of preserving and perpetuating traditional Sardinian tuna processing.
Quirino Coghe, its owner, enthusiastically explained to us how they make their products and showed us their processing techniques.
Their range is quite unique: tuna, swordfish, eel, octopus and mullet roe, difficult to find all together and with this quality.

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The Supreme Tuna.
Or rather, tuna in lots of different versions, from fillets, to
the exquisite red tuna, to tuna belly (ventresca).
Tuna offered in a unique, eye-catching package – the Buggerru brand tin, from the name of the place where Sarda Affumicati is based.

Website
www.sardaffumicati.com

Pomis inglese

Location
Friuli Venezia Giulia. Chiasiellis di Mortegliano (Udine)

Product category
100 percent apples.

Company history
In 1979 Rinaldo and Rosa Larcher decided to move with their children Peter and Karin from Trentino-South Tyrol to Friuli Venezia Giulia where they opened Pomis in 1980, in a small town on the plain, Mortegliano.
The company name comes from the way apples are called in Friuli dialect: “
Lis Pomis”.
And that is where it all began: from a small apple orchard, Peter today continues with the work passed down through generations with the same dedication and effort, producing apples, juices and other apple products.
La Pomis is the fruit of a harmonious union between old traditions passed down from father to son, and modern production technology, protecting nature and the environment, to offer consumers the company’s finest products.

Why we chose them
We chose Pomis because while it is easy to talk about ORGANIC nowadays, it is not so easy to find 100 percent natural products like theirs. They take ABSOLUTE care in treating their core ingredient, apples. We were really amazed when they showed us all the production and processing stages.

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With their juice, which is actually an unfiltered organic apple squash, you can experience the fragrance and flavour of real Friuli apples, not as famous as many others media-wise, yet truly exceptional.
The same goes for their apple vinegar and all other Pomis products.

Website
www.pomis.com/it

Santa Giustina inglese

Location
Emilia Romagna. Pianello Val Tidone (Piacenza).

Product categories
Still and sparkling wines.

Company history
Forty years ago, Antonio Bucciarelli and his wife Gloria fell in love with an old church steeped in history and surrounded by lush nature. So they decided to return it to its former glory, believing that such beauty could not be lost.

Today their daughter Gaia continues her parents’ dream and, with the help of her brother Nicolò, has transformed the company into a modern winery. Together they have built a magical place that offers visitors a unique combination of history, wine and nature.
A cutting-edge winery set in an ancient hamlet, and a farm that covers about 300 acres. Amidst arable lands and woodlands lie 75 acres of vineyards, where Barbera, Bonarda, Ortrugo, Malvasia, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir grape varieties are cultivated. These vines in turn produce unmistakable local DOC wines as well as fine international blends, created using a clever mix of old farming knowledge and modern technological innovations, all with due regard for the natural and sustainable properties of the “living” product that is wine.

Why we chose them

We tasted Santa Giustina wines at a famous Milanese trattoria, Arlati, and decided to get to know the company. Then we met Gaia Bucciarelli and heard her story (from her potential career in law in Milan, to her return to the land) and we fell in love with it and with this winery set in the hills of Piacenza…

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The product we like best by Santa Giustina is Anricus, a fantastic still white from Val Tidone made from Ortrugo and Sauvignon grapes.

But perhaps the real treat at Santa Giustina is the place, where to organize events, refreshments and weddings set in surprisingly pleasant Piacenza hills, surrounded by 300 acres of plantations and woodlands.


Website
santagiustina.com/

La Rossera inglese

Location
Lombardy. Inverno (Pavia).

Product categories
Rice and rice flours.
Sweets.

Company history
A longstanding company in the province of Pavia. A grain growing vocation for generations, evolving over the years, expanding and diversifying. It started with a shop selling the company’s products, such as rice, risotto mix, stone-ground rice flour for polenta … Today La Rossera even offers a farm-life experience with overnight hospitality.

The decision to open up their home to the public came from their desire to introduce the local area, its processing techniques… and of course their warm family….

Why we chose them
What we liked most about La Rossera is its skilled combination of old knowledge, artisanal techniques and up-to-date standards in processing their flagship product, rice.
This precious grain, which is intrinsically linked to the area, is treated with genuine care and authentic passion. It goes through a gentle colour-lightening process specifically designed not to jeopardise its characteristics and properties. The process is nearly 100 percent manual, and the end product is excellent.

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Carnaroli rice, the pride of rice-growing throughout the entire Po Valley, is here at its best, whether plain or in ready-to-cook packs enriched with Treviso red chicory, speck, porcini mushrooms, pumpkin, saffron or the finest truffle.

For lovers of quality rice, La Rossera is a must.

Website
www.larossera.com/

 

Il Mulino di Gragnano inglese

Location
Campania. Gragnano (Naples).

Product category
Pasta.

Company history
The history of the small pasta factory “Il Mulino di Gragnano” goes back to six young people (Alfredo, Luigi, Cristian, Agostino, Francesca and Raffaele), not yet thirty, getting together in the parish of San Leone II in Gragnano where they grew up. They all shared the same desire for a challenge, to take their future into their own hands, so they decided to invest their passion and skills into the main resource of their city, Pasta.
Part of the initial investment came from the families in their community, who supported their dream by way of an interest-free loan.
Cutting-edge machinery and modern technology enhance the local tradition of Gragnano, Pasta City, making this ancient, precious craft young.
Other ingredients: the best Italian durum wheat semolina, selected with care, and the spring water of Monti Lattari.

Why we chose them
Young, capable, enthusiastic people, constantly striving for excellence, both in raw materials as well as in techniques, with lots and lots of passion for their land and its product, one of Europe’s finest bronze-die pasta. And then there’s the packaging. So what, you say, surely that’s a secondary thing. Well no. Since pasta is a living, breathing food (for at least 36 months!), it needs proper packaging, and that is precisely what Il Mulino di Gragnano has designed, with the utmost care to achieve a really winning result, so well done!

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Bronze-die Pasta di Gragnano made from superior quality wheat, in the city that represents Italian pasta worldwide.
Need to know more?
Of course, the low-temperature slow drying process and hand packaging!
So much more than an outstanding product!

Website
www.ilmulinodigragnano.it/

Faleschini inglese

Location
Friuli Venezia Giulia. Pontebba (Udine)

Product categories
Organic fruit and vegetables, fruit and vegetable products, syrups.

Company history

Luigi Faleschini has been in the organic farming business since 1990. With the production of fresh fruit and vegetable products, all certified organic, he opened a small factory for the production of vegetable preserves such as vegetables in oil, sweet pickled vegetables, jams, syrups and apple juice.
The hand processing of the preserves is directly overseen by the owner, whose great passion and culinary creativity produces simple, wholesome fare.
The products are free from preservatives, colorants and aromas and are pasteurised to ensure their conservation. All of the ingredients in our food preparations come from controlled and certified organic crops.

Why we chose them

We chose Luigi Faleschini, whose friends and close customers affectionately call Gigi Verdura [vegetable], for his passion. Gigi is really at one with his land, in his splendid region of Friuli. This relationship and his enthusiasm cannot but produce true excellence.

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Radic col poc” (green and red leaf field-grown chicory), preserved in extra-virgin olive oil, apple vinegar, sea salt, brown sugar, black pepper, garlic, herbs and spices. A unique product, typical of the nearby Carnia region, which tastes wonderful with cold cuts and cheeses, as an accompaniment to grilled or boiled meats or simply as a topping for bruschetta.

 


Website

www.azagrfaleschini.valcanale.org

Agape Inglese

Location
Lombardy. Como.

Product categories
Honey.
Jams and creams.

Company history

Agape is a young organic beekeeping farm set in the Como area. It expresses the landscape and culture of lake Como through the aromas and fragrances of their honey.
From acacia honey, to Alfalfa honey, honeydew and ailanthus honey, right down to propolis, the classic wild flower honey and saffron honey.
Besides beekeeping, Agape grows berries and produces jams and creams, and offers visitor activities to discover the local area.

Why we chose them
Agape won us over when we met Giacomo and Francesco in person, two young local men, one with a degree in philosophy, the other an agriculture graduate, who promote the ancient art of beekeeping with great passion and enthusiasm. Wholesome honey, the fruit of organic farming, with a true colour, which is not altered to suit the visual tastes of the mainstream public.
Another added value is the chance to visit the farm and learn about the stages of honey production, from dehumidification to extraction, from pressing to filtering, right down to packaging.

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Of all the top quality Agape products, we went for the linden honey in particular.
Organic, like the rest of the range, it is a real delicacy from the Lariani Mountains, marked by a minty basil fragrance (which makes it pleasantly fresh) and by an aroma whose notes can even have a hint of liquorice.

Website
apeagape.com