Ribollita, a traditional hearty Tuscan soup, typically uses day-old bread to add body and thicken the broth. This very simple peasant soup substitutes meat with bread, in Tuscany it is also known as minestra di pane (bread soup-stew) or zuppa di magro (or lean soup) although we can’t properly define it as vegetarian since the Friday dish (no-meat ) custom quickly arose to flavour the soup with lard, pork crackling or best of all with a ham bone that may be used in the initial phase of the preparation.
We commonly call it ribollita because it is consumed the day after its preparation when it is warmed up in a pot with extra olive oil and reboiled. Ribollita is simple, inexpensive and made with stale unsalted Tuscan bread and a variety of vegetables including the typical Tuscan kale. Bread soup, and therefore ribollita too, are typically winter dishes also because the main ingredient – Tuscan kale – is a vegetable that can be found exclusively in winter.
On May 24th 2001, the florentine Delegation of the Italian Cooking Academy stated the “Ribollita DOC” recipe and signed this official document.
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“We select the Piemonte hazelnut IGP which once toasted is added whole to the chocolate mixture giving the cantucci an irresistible gianduja fragrance.”
This cantuccio hails from the idea of bringing the scent of gianduia to a biscuit. Gianduia is the most famous form of Italian chocolate, a result of Piedmontese genius, having gone in search of a solution when cocoa supplies stopped after the war. Chocolate makers found the answer in the old hazel groves in the hills. We wanted to use those hazelnuts in our product, as there was no other way to recreate that exciting aroma, which is achieved when hazelnut gives some of its intense scent to the cantuccio during baking, combining with the chocolate, used in small pieces as well as in the dough.
|Product name||Tuscan Gourmet Box|
|Description||Enjoy a Tuscan dinner at your home with excellent products: a full menu including wine and dessert!|
|What's in the box||Crema di cavolo nero 85 gr | Radici Arezzo Crostino toscano 200 gr | Osteria Ciotti Prato Sugo di Cinghiale 200 gr | Osteria Ciotti Prato Spezzatino di Chianina 530 gr | Osteria Ciotti Prato Pici Toscani 500 gr | Morelli Pisa Cantucci con pezzi di cioccolato grosso 200 gr | Fratelli Lunardi Prato Vino Chianti Superiore 0,75 ml | Cantine di Presciano Arezzo Vin Santo 0,5 ml|
|Number of products||8|
|What else to buy||to complete the dinner you have to add only fresh ingredients: bread and potatoes!|
“6 oils from different cultivars, all from green olives.”
Opera Olei is the first example of a Consortium gathering a few selected producers of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Oils are obtained from six different Cultivars coming from as many Regions and produced by six great “Performers”.
Opera Olei is the Italian Excellence by 6 young producers, who decided to extract oil from Green Olives, harvesting in advance compared to past, traditional patterns. Opera Olei is a perfect synthesis enhancing the territory, the cultivar and the producer: Casaliva by Agraria di Riva del Garda, Frantoio by Franci, Moraiolo by Viola, Itrana by Quattrociocchi, Ottobratica by Olearia San Giorgio and Tonda Iblea by Frantoi Cutrera. Opera Olei is the pride of the healthy part of Italy in the world and the result obtained is the best expression of an extra virgin olive oil linked to particular territories.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting : 6 cultivars
FRANTOI CUTRERA – SICILY “IN ITALY, THERE ARE 638 DIFFERENT TYPES OF OLIVES
I love my Land more than anything else. Its colours, its perfumes, its asperities. My land is my life and all its fruit is wealth. I grew up among these beautiful olive groves and oil has always filled the days of my family. Our olive is Tonda Iblea. I can recognize it by its scent only, my eyes closed, among the 638 cultivars making up Italy’s olive grove. Tonda Iblea grows on silver olive trees and is an extraordinary olive that we respect and from which we obtain a great oil. The real proof of how quality is not a concept that is taught, studied or learnt. You must feel quality inside, in your soul, because it is rooted in our consciousness”GIORGIO FRANCI FRANTOIO FRANCI – TUSCANY “THE SCENT OF OLIVE OIL! Being in Val d’Orcia is not simply a stroke of luck. It’s the essence of my days, the foundation of my work in the mill and the passion of life. Val D’Orcia is a total experience of the senses, it’s the perfection of nature bestowed to humanity, as recognized by UNESCO. At Frantoio Franci we have always produced and will continue to produce oil with the utmost respect for Excellence. Our promise is to improve day by day, increasing our commitment, dedication, ability to allow every little variable of nature, which is immobility and mutability. The experience of our extra virgin olive oil calls for a sacrifice, instead. We should not rely on all our senses. We should close our eyes because scent is no liar. Let our sense of smell experience quality. We will be overwhelmed by an intense symphony of vegetable hints, extremely fresh artichokes , lawns of mown grass, prickly thistles, handfuls of almonds, fruit and flowers. Let taste be the king: keep calm and enjoy. AMERIGO QUATTROCIOCCHI AZIENDA AGRICOLA QUATTROCIOCCHI – LAZIO “ACIDITY IS NOT SENSED IN THE MOUTH!" My family has been living on olive trees since 1888; a passion handed down in time, from father to son. Even today in the village, old people use to rub their hands with oil, bring them closer to the nose and think that they are measuring acidity; that same acidity that others, erroneously, taste in their mouths. Today, things are changing and the culture of oil is a serious thing, the farm is still our home, too, surrounded by ancient olive trees on a beautiful hillside. We have a solid principle in our work: we respect our tradition and continuously look after every detail in order not to compromise the quality of the oil we produce. We are always looking forward, aiming at constantly improving. The extra-virgin olive oil obtained from Itrana is one of our best results. We rescued this cultivar from the table, which it has always been reserved by tradition for. The oil we obtain is extraordinary.” MASSIMO FIA AGRARIA RIVA DEL GARDA – TRENTINO “COLD PRESSING DOES NOT STAND FOR QUALITY! Agraria Riva del Garda was established in 1926 with the design of producing high quality extra-virgin olive oil. It is located on the 46th parallel, the extreme boundary for the cultivation of olive trees, where permanently snow-capped Dolomites protect the beautiful Lake Garda that mitigates a unique climate. The common thread running through from the ancient Romans to the present day is extra-virgin olive oil that is renewed every year with aromas and flavours by the enthusiasm of 1200 growers, who – like so many small ants – grow olive trees on steep slopes with incredible passion. We built our project of development on the extraordinary quality of this olive. This articulated and complex project is based on an extensive organization that looks after and protects olives from harvesting to crushing. Our only merit was to make the emotions arising from the tasting of this oil evident and palpable. Its fresh, green scent overcomes you and brings you back to its heart notes: artichoke at first, then tinged with green almond. In the mouth, elegance shines in all its naturalness with a balance between bitter and spicy that is difficult to reproduce.” MIMMO FAZARI OLEARIA SAN GIORGIO – CALABRIA “CLOUDY OIL? NO, THANKS! To ensure the highest quality, we use innovative techniques that allow us to achieve excellence. We chased a dream, a complex project, slowed down sometimes by customs and concerns. A very hard work, rewarded by extraordinary and widely recognized results. The fabulous nectar obtained from Ottobratica best represents the work done to date and confirms that the path taken is the right one. A clear and perfumed oil. MARCO VIOLA AZIENDA AGRARIA VIOLA – UMBRIA “BITTER AND PUNGENT OIL, ELIXIR OF LONG LIFE! I live in Umbria. My family has been owning an oil mill in Sant’Eraclio di Foligno for nearly a century. I love Moraiolo, its scents have always accompanied me throughout life; I love the bitter and pungent hints that characterize our oil and its richness in polyphenols. Every year I passionately engage in taming the exuberance of this cultivar; small olives that are healthy harvested at the right maturity, and from which we obtain an oil of character, with bitter and pungent hints strongly marking its history. This oil smells of fruit and heart of artichoke, has a deep green colour and an enveloping, elegant, infinite taste. Oil had been my grandfather’s life, was my father’s life and today is my life.I grew up among olive trees that sink their roots in rocky soils. Every day Oil is the centrepiece of my table.”
|Wine Name||Cedro Chianti Rufina|
|Wine district||Pontassieve | Toscana|
|Grapes||90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo nero, 5% Ciliegiolo|
|Alcohol content||13,5% Vol.|
|Serving Temperature||16-18 grades|
Truffle Gatherer’s Sauce |TuscanyCONSERVATION: 36 MONTHS ROOM-TEMPERATURE Net weight gr 90 | Jar ...a well-tuned quartet for an incomparable flavour that will reawaken your appetite and make your taste-buds tingle with excitement. The scent of truffle, the energy of olives, the tang of capers, the richness of anchovies for a versatile, tasty, mouth-watering sauce that you can use on its own or to make croutons and canapés, dress pasta or spice up boiled meats, or even mixed with sauces and creamy cheese.