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The legacy of tomatoes in Italian gastronomy

“The discovery of the tomato has represented for the history of eating something that is like the French Revolution for the development of the social conscience.” - Luciano De Crescenzo, Italian writer, actor and director An Italian kitchen without the presence of tomatoes would be a rare sight. The ingredient dominates in Italian recipes, drawing…

Discovering ‘Nduja

Bellavita meets Vittorio Maschio from Natoora Ltd, representative for L'artigiano della 'Nduja', of Luigi Caccamo. Click here to get more information www.artigianodellanduja.com/magento/

Giving True Italian Produce our Vote

The general election may have ended but another type of election is upon the general populace daily-choosing to buy true Italian produce. For many consumers it would not register as a problem at first glance. However, when care is not taken, a deeper analysis of items bought and closer examination of how said items are…

Bellavita meets Parma Ham

Parma Ham is one of the most renewed brand of Made in Italy food. During an event at Briciole Restaurant in Marylebone, London, Bellavita meets Elke Fernàndez, responsible for the international marketing of Parma Ham.

Pesto: A potted History

The uses for pesto sauce in the UK are almost endless. It goes from the traditional Italian way, with pasta only, to pesto as a dip, an addition to mashed potatoes, on pizza, or even as a salad dressing. British mania for pesto has evolved from the traditional Italian sauce to an infinite range of…

Chocolate: A Love Affair

With Easter fast approaching, there is no better time to show chocolate the appreciation and love it deserves. Every person in the UK consumes an estimated 11 kg of chocolate per year – the equivalent to 1,000 Ferrero Rochers. It’s hardly news to anyone that chocolate tastes delicious – and this statistic truly proves the…

Bellavita’s Guide to: Salumi

The term ‘salumi’ is not familiar to many outside of Italy; in fact some are likely to think it’s a spelling error of the word salami. Rest assured, we have our spelling in check here at Bellavita and we promise you, salumi does exist. And a large range of salumi products can be found in…

Grappa rapidly gaining ground

A far cry from the once unfashionable drink, the new-look grappa is set to make a big comeback in the UK. Innovation and modernisation are the key factors at the heart of the drink’s revival, with several unusual and delicious varieties now being produced. The estate’s history may stem back to 1870, but Distilleria Gualco…

Gelato: The New Black

The story goes back in the legend, the legend in the myth, but it is said that ice-cream was invented in Italy. Whether true or not, Italians have certainly spread all the culture of this delightful sweet all over the world. It was in the early 1900s that the popular ice cream parlour began to…

15 Must-try Italian Foods

 There’s more to be expert about than pizza and tiramisu. At Bellavita HQ, we believe you’re missing out if you don’t try these Italian classics. 1. Antipasto (antipasti plural) – Means ‘before the meal’ and is a combination of cured meats, olives, anchovies, peperoncini, artichoke hearts, cheeses and pickled meats. 2.Arancini – Stuffed rice balls,…

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