The fact that the use by date is written on the jar by hand just reinforces the sense of buying a real homemade jar from a local producer and couldn't be further from traditional shop-bought food if you tried.
The pasta packaging seems slightly less homemade but the fact that it is totally written in Italian on the front of the pack still makes you feel like you've been shopping in Italy. The colour and rough texture reminded me of Garofalo pasta, which is the only other truly authentic Italian pasta that I have tried. Compared to typical supermarket spaghetti, it produces more starch and uses up more water so take this into account when choosing the pan and the quantity of water to add to the pot. The pasta stays slightly al dente, even when cooked for quite a long time and although it doesn't stick when cooking, make sure you chill the leftover pasta in cold water straight after serving to prevent the starch from sticking it into a big lump as it cools. It would be a shame as the leftover pasta is still in perfect condition the next day, unlike supermarket brand pasta which often dries out when reheated.
Pasta is often quite bland and tasteless, acting simply as a vehicle for the delicious sauce you serve it with, but I tasted some of the Tuscany Corner spaghetti - more precisely La Pasta dei Coltivatori Spaghetti n.6 ! - and was pleasantly surprised by how much taste it has by itself - a lovely wheaty sort of taste that reminded me of fresh bread straight out of the bread machine. The kids ate the leftover pasta the next day with just butter and parmesan and declared it delicious. (I had a taste too and totally agree !)
The half-bottle of La Tenuta's certified organic Tuscan wine went down very nicely too. Even Madhouse Daddy Mike who is French said it was nice which is high praise indeed !
Mr. Alioscia Lombradini from Tuscany Corner sums up the whole concept when he comments: "We are extremely excited to be launching our product range in the UK market. It's the whole Tuscan experience; where the integrity and simplicity of the product speaks for itself. Our product portfolio offers the consumer the best, but basic, cornerstones of Italian cuisine as it follows the principles of the Mediterranean diet which is widely acknowledged to be the healthiest of all. It is simply about regionally sourced fresh, seasonal produce which includes the best quality fruits, vegetables and other produce ripened in the Italian sun. Rather than cover dishes in heavy sauces which hide the basic ingredients' flavour and aroma, we want to share the fundamental secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine where the best, fresh produce is key." Mission accomplished !
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : not sure, couldn't find any prices on the website !
for more information : http://www.tuscanycorner.eu/
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