Food trends

Food trends, Gourmet food

THE FOUR ESSENTIAL AROMATIC HERBS OF ITALIAN CUISINE

08/03/2024

Aromatic herbs play a fundamental role in enhancing the flavors and aromas of dishes across various culinary traditions worldwide. From adding depth to soups and stews to lending a refreshing zest to salads and sauces, these herbs are indispensable in the culinary realm. In Italian cuisine the use of aromatic herbs is particularly revered, with certain herbs holding iconic status for their distinctive flavors and versatility. Among the numerous aromatic herbs that are most used in Italian recipes, four of them define the heart of Italian cooking: basil, parsley, rosemary and oregano. Perhaps the most iconic of all Italian herbs,…

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Food trends

HAVE YOU BEEN SERVED REAL ITALIAN FOOD?

24/01/2024

Italian Sounding food is a topic that we recently discussed. Fake Italian products have nothing to do with the excellence of our gastronomic tradition. Unfortunately, the same can be said about fake Italian dishes that are still popular abroad.  Italian cuisine holds an esteemed place in the hearts and palates of food enthusiasts worldwide but a curious phenomenon persists in Italian restaurants in America: the prevalence of Italian-sounding dishes that often bear little resemblance to authentic Italian recipes. These adaptations tend to result in creations that blend Italian inspiration with local preferences in order to appeal to a broad customer…

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Diet and nutrition

HEALTHY NEWS ABOUT ITALIAN CURED MEATS

17/01/2024

It is salt that gives the name to salumi, Italian cured meats. The Latin salumen means "salty things" and, if in the past it mainly referred to fish, today it is typically used for meat. The preservative properties of salt were already well known in ancient times: it removes free water and regulates fermentation, which - when it comes to meat, matured at the right temperatures and humidity - allows the development of favorable bacteria. Salt and - in some cases - herbs, pepper and other natural spices are normally used to produce Italian cured meats: an abundance of over…

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Food trends

PANETTONE WINS THE EXPORT RACE

22/12/2023

Just two years ago, more or less in the same weeks of December, we tried to explain the ultimate debate between Panettone and Pandoro, the two most loved Christmas puddings in Italy.  Although the traditional discussion is still ongoing in Italy and fans of one or the other often end up in heated arguments over which of them tastes better, the most recent figures about their export tell a story with just one main protagonist.  The export of Italian panettone and pandoro is worth approximately EUR 500 million. Last year it registered a double-digit growth in European countries such as…

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Gourmet food

TRADITIONAL BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODENA, AN EXPORT SUCCESS

17/11/2023

Known as “black gold”, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is one of the most popular gourmet products made in Italy.  Its market, valued at USD 1.30 billion back in 2021, is expected to reach the value of USD 2.17 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 6.60% during the forecast period (2022-29). Exports cover a share of approximately 70% and the main export markets are France, Germany and Japan but - above all - the USA. It is for this reason that Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Dop recently flew to Boston for a masterclass dedicated to retailers, chefs and…

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Food trends, Gourmet food

IT IS CHESTNUT TIME

19/10/2023

Available from the end of September throughout the first winter months, chestnuts are the most popular autumnal fruit in Italy. In the past, people would buy roasted chestnuts from street vendors and stuff them in their pockets to keep their hands warm and, of course, have something nice to snack on. Nowadays street vendors are still there but roasted chestnuts are served wrapped in fancy paper cones and have become a rather fashionable street food. Legend has it that Italians’ love for chestnuts dates back to Ancient Roman times, when chestnuts were used as a form of currency or trade…

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Gourmet food

ITALIAN SOTTACETI AND SOTTOLI

05/10/2023

Italy is renowned for its rich culinary heritage, boasting an array of delicious dishes and ingredients that have captivated food enthusiasts around the world. Among the lesser-known treasures of Italian gastronomy are sottaceti and sottoli, preserved vegetables that have been cherished for generations. Sottaceti are pickled vegetables that capture the essence of seasonal produce. Italians have been pickling vegetables for centuries as a means of preserving their harvests for the colder months. The most common vegetables used in sottaceti include cucumbers, bell peppers, onions and cauliflower. These vegetables are submerged in a brine solution containing vinegar, water, salt and aromatic…

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Food trends

EXPERIENTIAL DINING KEEPS TRENDING

30/08/2023 Experiential Dining underwater

Although the term has been in use for a few years, it seems that experiential dining is finally here to stay. If the recent pandemic made us so accustomed to food delivery that, at some point, a meal did not seem to be an incentive to leave the house anymore, a unique and memorable experience that goes beyond a mere dinner is what we are all craving right now.Already on the rise by the end of last year - with 263% increase of searches for “underwater restaurants” and 109% increase of searches for “dinner theaters” – the experiential dining trend…

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Gourmet food

UNLEAVENED BREAD, A SHARED TRADITION

22/08/2023 UNLEAVENED BREAD: A SHARED TRADITION

Bread, in Italy, is as popular as pasta and pizza. It is the first thing that gets served in restaurants, without even asking for it. We eat bread together with almost any dish except pasta, rice and - of course - dessert, but when a delicious layer of sauce remains on the plate, we can’t help but making scarpetta, that is using a piece of bread to collect it and enjoy it. Even though more than 250 different types of bread are baked all over the country, including regional varieties, not many people know that unleavened bread is the most…

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Gourmet food

GASTRONOMIC GELATO: WILL THE TREND SURVIVE THE SUMMER?

21/07/2023 gastronomic gelato

Italian ice cream, commonly known as gelato, is one of the staple foods in summertime.  With fewer calories, less sugar and lower fat content per serving than standard, commercial ice cream, Italian gelato is tasty and filling enough to be the perfect substitute for a lunch on-the-go during a hot and hectic summer day. 7,5 million occurrences of the hashtag #gelato, on the main social media platforms, confirm that the popularity of this Italian excellence is on the raise all over the world. Predictable – one may say – when you combine Italian expertise, top-quality ingredients and a product that…

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Food trends

FOOD WASTE: A NEW INGREDIENT IN FASHION

20/06/2023

Sustainable development is becoming more and more important in any kind of business and, in this perspective, the impact of the food sector is strategic. Each year, in the world, 17% of all food produced is wasted. Food is thrown away because it’s either partially consumed or stored inappropriately; sometimes, simply because it’s not nice-looking enough to be shown on the shelves of a grocery store.In addition, there is an array of inedible parts - like the seeds and peel of some fruit and vegetables - that typically end up straight in landfills, where they eventually contribute, together with the…

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TOMATO: TRENDS AND FORECASTS ABOUT THE KING OF SUMMERTIME

31/05/2023

If you are a fan of Italian foods and a lover of seasonal products, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, in this blog post, we are talking about tomatoes. Bright red, just like a section of our national flag, juicy and tasty, tomatoes are a constant presence on our dining tables during the hottest months of the year. Think of caprese (sliced mozzarella and tomatoes, garnished with basil leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil), mixed salads, cold pasta salads, vegetarian cous cous, some lovely bruschetta with fresh oregano and plenty of other recipes: there seems no…

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