Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer

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Italian Food & Recipes
Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer

I love Italian food so when Ciao Gusto, Ocado’s Italian shop, asked if I’d like to try some of their products, I was only too willing. Ciao Gusto is a family of famous Italian food and drinks brands, brought together to share their stories and to spread the love of Italian food and culture around the world. Every member of Ciao Gusto is an acclaimed brand leader in Italy. Large or small, they all share a common heritage and devotion to quality.

With a wonderful selection of products (some famous names and some new) I was spoilt for choice so picked some that would be ideal for summer; here’s what I chose:

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!
Noberasco Organic Toasted Pistachios are unsalted so have a lovely pure flavour, great for healthy snacking or sprinkling on salads and desserts or baking with. Noberasco have a wide range of nuts and dried fruits to suit all tastes.

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!

Ponti Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is no stranger to our household, indeed we keep a bottle of this and some olive oil on the table at all times to drizzle over salad or to dip bread in. This 3 year matured balsamic vinegar has a beautiful depth of flavour that is best described as a combination of sherry and black treacle. I keep meaning to try it with strawberries and black pepper and it’s also a great partner to Parmegiano Reggiano!

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!

Rio Mare Tuna Salad Mexican Style is part of a range of tinned tuna products. This salad has a lovely chilli kick to it and would be great for a summer picnic or quick lunch at your desk or in the park as you can literally tear of the lid and dive in with a fork if you wish. The tuna is nestled in a dressing of oil under and blanket of kidney beans, sweetcorn, carrot and red chillies. The range has no added preservatives and the tuna is pole and line caught so dolphin friendly too.

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!

Valsoia Chocolate & Cream Soya Ice Cream (vegan) – with a daughter who wants to go dairy free this ice cream came at the perfect time. With a soft creamy texture and nice bits of chocolate in the chocolate portion this soya based ice cream is a great summer dessert. I actually wouldn’t have known it was dairy free and it got a big thumbs up from my daughter who has tried other vegan ice creams. Importantly it’s also certified GMO free.

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!

Fabbri Amarena Wild Cherries in Syrup – are perfect for adding a shot of sweet cherry deliciousness to any plain dessert such as ice cream, yogurt, rice pudding and would be super in muffins and cakes. They went very well with the above ice cream for a Black Forest Gateau flavour, in fact they’d be a great addition to any chocolate cake with a generous spoonful of whipped cream. The syrup is perfect for adding to Prosecco or sparkling water for a refreshing summer drink!

So I hope I’ve put you in the mood for Italian food and with that in mind I asked some fellow food bloggers for their favourite summery Italian dishes and here’s what they came up with:

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!

Parma Ham & Melon Salad – Greedy Gourmet

Tenderstem Brocolli, Chilli & Garlic Spaghetti – Fab Food 4 All

Salmon & Pea Arancini Cakes – Celery & Cupcakes

Artichoke & Spinach Polpette with Easy Marinara Sauce – Food to Glow

Prociutto Wrapped Cod with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes – The Petite Cook

Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!

Zeppole di San Guiseppe (St Joseph’s Day Traditional Italian Pastries) – Christina’s Cucina

Orange, Pistachio and Honey Polenta Cake – Easy Peasy Foodie

Tiramisu Cake – Recipes Made Easy

Strawberry Sicilian Granita – The Petite Cook

Affogato – The Crafty Larder

What’s your favourite Italian summery recipe? Why not check out Ocado for more Italian food inspiration and also visit the Ciao Gusto website where you’ll find the stories behind all of their brands and more than 250 authentic Italian recipes.

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Italian Food & Recipes to enjoy this Summer!
NB: This is a commissioned post for Ciao Gousto and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    Oh I love Italian food and good quality specialist ingredients.

    I too like Ponti balsamic and have tried it on strawberries and yes it is good!!

    I also can not resist a good mozzarella, and love the classic mozzarella. tomato and basil salad. It is the example i use to illustrate good food doesnt have to be fancy or hard work if you use good quality ingredients.

    Thanks for including my Tiramisu cake I hope your readers like it

    1. Camilla

      Ooh yes, I must make the mozzarella, tomato and basil salad, it’s something I eat out but forget to make at home!

  2. Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry

    It’s great seeing all these different brands. Speciality food like this can really add something special to your cooking

    1. Camilla

      So true Bintu, authentic quality food is key:-)

  3. Corina

    I love the shine on those wild berries in syrup! They are just crying out to be shared with some meringues and ice cream – at least in my eyes!

    1. Camilla

      That’s another fab idea Corina-)

  4. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    You’ve definitely put me in the mood for Italian food! Now I’m super hungry and craving Tiramisu with Affogato for afters!

    1. Camilla

      Can you believe I’ve never had Affogato or even heard of it until recently! But in my defence I’m not a coffee drinker so that might be why!

  5. Ayngelina Brogan

    I love that you included the ready to eat tuna, I have such fond memories of riding trains in Italy and eating that tuna.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Ayngelina, such a convenient and healthy little meal isn’t it:-)

  6. Calleigh - TheForkBite

    The melon salad looks good to me. Great listicles..

    1. Camilla

      It does Calleigh, thank you:-)

  7. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I adore Italian food and all of these product look wonderful, I’ve actually tried nearly all of them. Great recipe round up too. Thank you for including my arancini cakes. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great Jemmma and a pleasure to feature you lush recipe:-)

  8. Andrea

    So much amazing Italian food, I’m a massive fan of Fabbri Amarene, they re so delicious! If I had to choose one Italian recipe to enjoy all summer long it would definitely be granita 🙂

    1. Camilla

      You can’t go wrong with quality Italian ingredients and food can you. Can you believe I don’t think I’ve ever had granita, must fix!

  9. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    I’ve had those Fabbri Amarena cherries before. They’re lush! Afterwards I used the syrup with everything imaginable. Lovely roundup!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Michelle, yes the Fabbri Amarene cherries are lush and so versatile:-)

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