Few cuisines are better suited to al fresco dining at the end of a hot, sunny summer’s day than that of Italy. Enjoying a light pasta dish or sharing a luxury pizza at sunset is one of life’s great pleasures – particularly with the Mediterranean weather we’ve been enjoying recently, and particularly when they’re made with delicious Farmer’s Choice free range meat and fresh vegetables. We’ve compiled all the Italian products in our online store into one handy Italian food section, so for a handy pack containing all you need to make tasty Italian recipes such as spaghetti carbonara or beef olives pasta, or for steak mince and pasta sauce for a tasty bolognese, there’s just one place you need to go.
Italian food is among the most popular in the world – but what is it that makes it so special?
Italian cuisine is characterised by its simplicity. Rather than using numerous ingredients to put together increasingly elaborate and complex dishes, Italian chefs prefer to create simple dishes using small numbers of extremely high quality ingredients – making Farmer’s Choice the perfect place to order what you need to cook up your Italian recipes.
Just because something falls under the sizable banner of Italian cuisine, that doesn’t mean it’ll be readily available everywhere in the country. There is a huge amount of regional variation in Italian cuisine – for example, Tuscan cuisine is based around simple bread, cheese, mushrooms and fruit. The cuisine of Venice has been heavily influenced by its aquatic nature, with seafood featuring heavily in its dishes, which include sepe al nero (cuttlefish cooked in its own ink) and sarde in saor – a dish containing fried sardines favoured by sailors making long trips away from the city as it could last over a week without perishing. Try our Mediterranean baked fish recipe for an authentic Italian seafood dish.
Such a range of dishes across the country’s regions, using such a variety of ingredients, means that there’s an Italian dish for every occasion. Head to our Italian recipes section to see the variety of dishes on offer – everything from classics like spaghetti bolognese and lasagne blanca to saucy beef sausage and broccoli bake and Italian braised beef.
The number of different ingredients and dishes, of small nuances and time-honoured traditions, in Italian cuisine is so great that one can barely scratch the surface in a single blog post. So why not join Farmer’s Choice in celebrating the food of this wonderful nation by purchasing free range meat cuts, fresh vegetables, herbs, stocks, spices and sauces from the Farmer’s Choice online store and cooking up some of our recipes – or perhaps even some deliziosa dishes of your own? Don’t forget to share the results with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and above all, buona!