Italy, Mia Emilia, and Finding the Music During These Trying Times

No doubt, by now we have all heard about the COVID-19 and the extreme measures Italy is taking to contain the virus.  Our own country has introduced measures these past few weeks to prevent spreading the virus.  At Mia Emilia, we have been keeping in close contact with our producers and friends in Italy, and we want to reassure you that our producers are healthy, continuing to create the artisanal products we all love, and we continue to offer them (and enjoy them ourselves!) free from interruption.  Our producers continue to work in incredibly clean facilities, many of which we have visited personally.  Using traditional methods and only the purest ingredients, we are assured that the products we chose for their quality and flavor are also good for our health. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oils like our Marini Giuseppe Toscano IGP and Dievole Chianti Classico DOP are required to meet tough regulations from where the olives grow to how they are cultivated, pressed and even packaged.  Very few oils earn these prestigious seals, so you can feel confident that you are eating and serving the very best when you choose an EVOO from Mia Emilia.  These high-quality oils are packed with health benefits we have discussed in prior articles.  Click here to read more.

During this time, while stress and fear is rampant, at Mia Emilia, we are trying to focus on the positive aspects, that maybe this can restore our enjoyment of great meals made at home with the people we hold dear.   In the spirit of that, Mia Emilia is offering a discount from now through March 31st to encourage you to be able to enjoy our quality products and some special time with your family.  Enjoy 10% off of your entire order when you enter the code: EATATHOME10 on your online order or mention it to a staff member in store.

Cicchetti: A Traditional Venetian Appetizer Easy to Make at Home

Today we are sharing with you a Venetian tradition, as easy to create for your guests at home as it is to enjoy in La Serenissima herself.  Cicchetti.  Pronounced, chee-ket-tee.  They are local snacks, traditionally served with an “ombra”, a small glass of local wine. 

Cicchetti with Radicchio, Gorgonzola Cheese and Mieleaceto Countess Elixir IGP:

Wash and chop the radicchio, we use about a quarter of it for 8 pieces.  You want relatively small chunks rather than long ribbons to make it easier to eat.

Cut a loaf of Italian or French bread into slices as you would for bruschetta.

Slice or crumble gorgonzola cheese over each slice of bread.  I like a creamier gorgonzola best for this, but any will do. 

Top the bread and gorgonzola with the chopped radicchio. 

Drizzle a few drops of Mieleaceto Countess Elixir IGP over each slice.  The sweetness is a beautiful complement to the gorgonzola and slightly bitter radicchio. 

Bake the slices in the oven on 350 for just a few minutes until the bread is slightly toasted and cheese has melted. 

 

Cheese Plate with Fruit Jam; A Simple Dish of Complex Flavors

Wherever you go in Italy, from small towns to big cities and everywhere in between, there is one dish you are sure to run into over and over again.  A cheese plate served with local honey and delicious fruit jam.   When I first tasted Mia Emilia’s fabulous Fig Jam from the producers at Acetaia Castelli, I could hardly believe my taste buds!  The flavor is so unique, perfectly marrying the flavors of figs and balsamic vinegar, but the texture is just as impressive.   It begs to be served on a plate with fine seasoned cheeses.

Perfect to pair with Gorgonzola is the Pear Jam with balsamic vinegar of Modena and DOC Moscato wine.   Also delicious with Fontina, Pecorino, and other flavorful cheeses, we love this with a cheese plate.  Served with a sweeter white wine like Moscato, Asti, or Moscadello, the flavors are harmonious and unforgettable.

For Goat Cheese lovers, enjoy your favorite cheese served with Mia Emilia’s Strawberry Jam with balsamic vinegar of Modena.  Although, the strawberry and balsamic flavor is also delicious with sweeter milder cheeses like Mascarpone, or Brie.