April 14, 2017
by: Toni Jakovec
Long praised as one of the world’s greatest cuisines, Italy has earned the lasting devotion of “foodies” everywhere. Italian food consistently shows up as one of the top five favorites in culinary polls worldwide. vomFASS recognizes the importance of Italy’s contribution to the evolution of outstanding cuisine and offers a wide variety of its products. Below is a comprehensive list of the many exceptional Italian products available at vomFASS shops.
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” —George Miller, Australian physician, film director (Mad Max franchise), screenwriter & producer
The extraordinary Italian products featured below are available for tasting at vomFASS franchises nationwide.
Extraordinary quality defines these unrefined oils, with low levels of oleic acid, yet retaining true olive taste highlighting the fruit’s natural vitamins and minerals. vomFASS offers an impeccable collection of extra virgin olive oils with flavors that range from subtle to intense exhibiting hints of grass, artichokes, almonds or herbs. Hand-selected artisan producers use traditional mechanical pressing and extracting, ensuring chemical processes and additives are never used. vomFASS olive oils from Italy include:
Denocciolato Madonia San Domenico San Gimignano Pepone
Basil Bear’s Garlic Garlic Grapefruit Herbes de Provence Jalapeño Lemon Orange Oregano Porcini Red Pepper Rosemary Tangerine White Truffle
The kings among vinegars have been made for over 900 years, using ancient, sacred recipes. The specific procedures, processes and maturity procedures are still closely guarded secrets. The variations in these processes are instrumental in creating the wide range of flavor profiles. Each vomFASS aceto balsamico di Modena varies in maturity as well as in flavor – from intense and delicate to velvety thick with hints of chocolate.
Aceto Balsamico de Modena – Maletti Aceto Balsamico de Modena – Platinum
Aceto Balsamico de Modena – Gold Aceto Balsamico de Modena – di Famiglia
Porcini Pasta: This fine Italian pasta is made from fresh free-range eggs and refined with a hint of celeriac. Excellent with butter; seasoned with salt, pepper and parmesan; brightened with olive oil; combined with onions, garlic and spinach or enhanced with a creamy sauce.
South Tyrol Colorful Fettuccini: This noodle specialty from South Tyrol is a wonderful Italian pasta made from fresh free-range eggs and flavored with aromatic wild garlic. It is excellent in combination with bacon and garden herbs or with smoked salmon and nuts.
South Tyrol Tagliatelle: Manufactured exclusively with fresh free-range eggs, these delicious noodles go well with venison ragout or salmon and lemon oil.
Green Olives in Brine: These green Italian Calcidica olives are delicious as appetizers, in salads, on pizza, in pasta dishes and with seafood or cheese.
vomFASS franchisees have the unique opportunity to thoughtfully select wines from Italy and around the globe. Some of the selections may include such classic Italian wines as:
Chianti Rufina Cortenova Prosecco
Rinaldi Moscato di Asti
Lambrusco Amabile Bruscus San Valentino Red 2015
Grappa Amarone: This grappa is produced from the grapes that yield the famed Amarone della Valpolicella wine. The dark, rustic spirit delivers a range of flavors from walnuts and almonds to grassy, floral notes. Aged in oak barrels for 3 years.
Grappa di Chianti Classico: The marc used for this grappa hail exclusively from the DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) wine-growing region of the Chianti classico between Florence and Sienna. The fragrance, taste and aroma are full and reminiscent of the hills of Tuscany.
Grappa di Nebbiolo Invecchiata: This rare and classic grappa is matured in oak barrels for 3 years, producing an outstanding depth of flavor with a mild sweetness. Containing aromatic hints of hazelnut and chocolate with a long lasting, smooth finish. This grappa is perfect after dinner or alongside a flavorful espresso.
Grappa di Moscato Riserva: Aged for 18 months, this wine has the delicate and pronounced aroma of the Moscato grape along with fine hints of the oak barrel, producing wonderful aromas with mouthwatering smoothness and a long aftertaste. Best enjoyed straight after dinner.
Grappa di Recioto Amarone Riserva: Matured over three years in a wooden cask, this expressive grappa is a specialty from the Valpolicella area. Only the ripest grapes are dried and pressed, then fermented and distilled in a gentle process producing the gleaming amber color and complex aroma of vanilla and cask flavors.
Italian Brandy-Reserve Speciale: This 20 year old brandy was carefully selected by vomFASS. Showcasing a beautiful amber color, a wonderful smell of raisins, oak, spices and dried fruit, Italian Brandy brings an intense flavor and a long, smooth finish.
Toni Jakovec April 14, 2017
- 5 Persian cucumbers, sliced
- 3 C. Cantaloupe, cut in small cubes
- ½ C. Bermuda onion, chopped
- ½ C. vomFASS Honey Star Balsamic
- Zest of one lime
- Juice of one lime
- ¼ C. vomFASS Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Garlic cloves, minced
- ½ t. vomFASS Salt
- ½ t. vomFASS Peppercorns with Pink Berries
- In a large bowl, combine cubed cucumbers, cubed melons and chopped onion. Toss to incorporate.
- Zest the lime, then juice the lime. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together vomFASS Honey Star Balsamic, lime juice & zest, vomFASS Extra Virgin Lemon Oil, minced garlic, vomFASS salt & pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Pour dressing over melon mixture and toss to coat.
Recipe may be doubled or tripled