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Are you Christmas-ready?

Ciao! We are nearing the end of 2023, and it is officially time to bring out your favourite tree and start decorating again, as Christmas is almost here! The Original Italian Christmas holiday consists of several famous traditions, but one thing that remains common through all the festivities is the delicious cakes & treats! While you are busy with all the decorations and gift-picking for your near and dear ones, we do not want you to miss out on filling your pantry with the best seasonal cakes and sweets (mainly because they run out in no time!) So today, we present some of the best Italian + European brands known for their unique taste and unmistakable quality (and their oh-so-pretty packaging!) | Fiasconaro | A brand that came into origin in the early 1950s, Fiasconaro was invented by Mario Fiasconaro, and the legacy is now carried forward by his three sons - Nicola, Fausto and Martino Fiasconaro. If you love Panettone (yum!), Italian Christmas treats or Italy in general, there is no way you have not heard of this celebrated brand. (Yes, it is that famous!) Over the years, Panettone has become one of the most anticipated Christmas + New Year desserts all over the world, and no one does it like Fiasconaro. A sweet bread speckled with fruits and nuts, you just cannot stop eating! Fiasconaro, to this date, produces using the same old traditional recipes that keep the taste of their products unique and unmatchable. Every year, they collaborate with the renowned Italian designer brand Dolce & Gabbana for a limited edition Christmas collection packaging & it sure is a lovely sight! Also, some more of Fiasconaro's must-try Christmas products: Cream Spread, Jam, Honey, Classic Torrone & Torroncini. | Melegatti | The wonderful - Original Pandoro Melegati was invented by Domenico Melegatti in 1894. Prepared using simple ingredients and classic pastry traditions, the flavourful Melegatti products are known for their inimitable softness, taste and aroma! Melegatti has something that matches everyone’s taste buds, but the one thing you cannot miss trying is their amazing Pandoro cake, which is also popular as a classic Italian leavened cake and counted amongst the must-haves during Christmas festivities. The original recipe with unique taste and supreme quality sets them apart from any other brand in the market. Also, some more of Melegatti's must-try Christmas products: Biscuit Anchio, Panettone & Panettondoro. | Venchi | Are you a fan of layered, delicious truffles with fresh nuts? How about some rich and creamy festive sweets? YES! Then look no further, Venchi is the brand for you! With mouth-watering deliciousness made of rich chocolate, this is one brand your festive season is incomplete without! Bonus: Their packaging is creatively crafted & can also be used as Christmas tree ornaments.  Invented in 1878 by Silviano Venchi when he was just 20 years old, the products are prepared using the best ingredients and intentions. Perfected over 140 years of experience, every bite is delicious, healthy, and natural. Also, some more of Venchi's must-try Christmas products: Dragées, Milk Gianduja, Chocolate Pralines, Chocoviar Pralines & Dark Chocolate. | Fortwenger | Love gingerbread? Then you surely know the incredible brand - Fortwenger. Founded in 1768 by Charles Fortwenger - a master baker, who opened a workshop making tasty gingerbread in Gertwiller. Two centuries down, Fortwenger's famous gingerbread is made with the same traditional recipe followed by the founder. Along with all the fabulous snacks, you can even pick a pack of gingerbread kits and plan a fun gingerbread decoration session with your Li'l ones!  Also, some more of Fortwenger's must-try Christmas products: Flavoured & Sliced Gingerbread, Biscuits and more! | Condorelli | Condorelli is a classic Italian brand, that is a perfect pick if you are looking to gift confections this holiday season. Made with fine-quality ingredients, each bite has a unique flavour, and it looks as good as it tastes! Also, some more of Condorelli's must-try Christmas products: Nougat, Marzapane, Croccante Stick and Torroncini, all best paired with their delicious Almond milk. | Barbero | Barbero was founded in the year 1883 by Melchiorre Barbero and is famous for its unique product range and incredible taste. A brand with rich history + Torrones prepared with so many different nuts combination that you just cannot resist! Their handy packaging also makes them perfect for gifting.  At Casinetto, our mission is to serve you all the deliciousness, authentic Italian and European food has to offer. Have a look at our Christmas specials and pick your favourites today - We're all set and stocked up for you!   Buon Appetito

December 9, 2023

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Italian Pasta - The more you know, the more you’ll love!

Ciao! Have you ever tasted something so perfect and dreamy that you wished you could have it every day? Comfort food you simply cannot live without? It's a pasta dish, isn't it? Of course, it is! I mean, who can resist this ultimate food? We for sure cannot! Did you know that there are over 350 types of pasta? Yes, 350!! Most dry pasta types are prepared using two simple ingredients semolina + water. Do you ever wonder about the secret behind every pasta tasting different? The answer is very simple, all credit goes to the different shapes they come in, which defines their capacity to hold on to sauce! Pasta is such a popular food choice around the world, that it also has an official day to celebrate its existence - Internationational Pasta Day - 25th of October. Now, since this special day is around the corner, we want to introduce you to some extraordinary facts about your favourite pasta types. Read on for all the delicious deets. | Farfalle | Farfalle is an all-attractive bowtie-shaped pasta with a name that means 'butterflies' in Italian. How cute is that?! Originating from Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia region in the 1500s, this pasta type is prepared using everyday kitchen ingredients and is produced in different colours and flavours. The bowtie shape also helps in holding on to a large amount of sauce, making any dish prepared - delectable! | Rigatoni | Rigatoni is believed to have originated in Rome and over time has become a popular pick in the southern region of Italy. The name Rigatoni is derived from the word 'Rigato' which means ridged. It surely is a pasta type that makes its presence known on the table with its unmissable size and ability to make each bite a flavorful one.  | Penne | Originating from the Campania region of Italy, Penne is one of the most common pasta types found in almost every market and grocery store. Penne is an Italian word and a quill pen inspires the name because of its shape. Like all the other pasta types, Penne also comes in a variety of types and is prepared using different combinations of ingredients. An ideal pick if you are craving pasta and plan on treating yourself to some scrumptious tomato basil penne pasta. | Tagliatelle | Tagliatelle is a speciality from the northern region of Italy and has a very special origin story. It's believed that these golden strips came into existence when in 1487, chef Mastro Zefirano was asked to prepare a unique recipe for the Lord’s daughter, Lucrezia Borgia, who was travelling to Ferrara to get married to the Duke Alfonso d’Este. Though just a myth, how fancy is that for an origin now?! Tagliatelle is prepared by rolling dough into a circle, folded over itself and cut, also giving way to its name, the Italian verb Tagliare translating 'to cut'. A must-try dish with this pasta has to be Tagliatelle Ragù Bolognese! | Fusilli | A pasta type that is great with any sauce, Fusilli sure knows the secret to make a dish look pretty + taste fabulous. Originally from the southern region of Italy, Fusilli was traditionally prepared by rolling and setting fresh Spaghetti around thin rods to dry. Even though the times have changed, the rod technique is still in use in many regions of Italy! | Spaghetti | Spaghetti is a pasta type that can be prepared with very few simple ingredients yet appears to be one of the most elegant. Spaghetti gets its name from the word Spago, which translates to string in English. An ancient pasta type that is popular and loved across the globe, Spaghetti is believed to have originated in the small Sicilian town of Trabia, and the residents not only consumed but also sold a long and thin variant of the same as of the year 1154. Although there are a lot of myths surrounding the origin of pasta, there is no denying that no one adores and prepares pasta with such love and dedication as the Italians do. So much so that it is a staple in every Italian household! Now, who can beat that?! With all this food talk, we are seriously craving a plate of pasta deliciousness. Surely, you plan to have some too! Well, go ahead and prepare a flavourful pasta dish for dinner tonight and do not forget to tell us all about it in the comment section below. At Casinetto, we only source and cater the best products from all over Italy & Europe. Take a look at our collection of pasta specials today and make sure to pick your favourites! Buon Appetito

October 25, 2023

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4 Must-Try Italian Pasta Recipes!

Ciao! Do you know what gets us excited? Preparing a delicious meal with very little time and using everyday ingredients. Yes, we are talking about the delectable pasta! With so many different size varieties and sauce combinations, you will never run out of ideas to create a unique recipe each time. A staple food for ages now, pasta recipes have evolved over time. But today, we present 4 classic Italian recipes, that you will fall in love with because honestly, it is that fabulous. | Trofie al Pesto | One of the most loved pasta dishes from the Liguria region, Trofie al Pesto is prepared using just 2 elements - trofie + pesto. To enjoy the authentic taste, we recommend you go ahead and prepare some fresh pesto at home. All you need is fresh basil, EVO oil, pine nuts, salt, cheese & garlic and you are set. Once you try this, you wouldn't want to have it any other way! | Fettuccine Alfredo | A perfect Italian pasta recipe that is creamy, easy, and just outright delicious! Invented by Alfredo Di Lelio, Fettuccine Alfredo is a dish that has gradually gained popularity worldwide. Traditionally, this dish is prepared using just 3 ingredients - fettuccine + butter + Parmigiano Reggiano. Today, this classic dish is made using heavy cream + parsley to add some extra flavour, but we always prefer the original recipe.  | Spaghetti Bolognese | For all you meat lovers, Spaghetti Bolognese is here! Even though not an authentic Bolognese dish, it is quite well known in the city of Bologna and all over Italy. Prepared using a slow-cooked meat sauce called Ragu, the taste of Spaghetti Bolognese is unmatchable. This one needs a little more time (due to the slow-cooked sauce) compared to other pasta recipes but the result is definitely worth your patience! | Pasta all’Arrabbiata | A classic dish from Rome, Pasta all'Arrabbiata is loved and enjoyed all over Italy. This amazing recipe is made using just tomato + garlic + dried red chilli and of course pasta. Arrabbitata translates to ‘angry’ and we believe the name is a nod to the fantastic spiced-up flavour. Effortless to prepare, a definite must-try for someone with a hot tooth! Pasta comes in so many varieties and is prepared using basic household ingredients, but somehow, each recipe tastes wonderful! Now that's the magic of pasta we say! At Casinetto, we want you to try and experience the world-class food products that Italy and Europe have to offer. Check out our pasta collection and pick your favourites for dinner tonight! Buon Appetito

October 12, 2023

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Bye Bye Summer, Hello Barbeque Season!

Ciao! The magical winter season is right around the corner, and for all of us in UAE, it is finally time to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. Barbeque is our favourite thing to do in the winter season. Is it your favourite too? Well then, take out those grills and sharpen your knives because it's time to barbeque. 'Grigliata' which translates to grill-out, is a century-old Italian tradition that has evolved with time. A fun chance to get together, relax and enjoy some great food with family + friends. To prep you for the same, let us hook you on to some top barbecue essentials so that you do not miss out on all the fun! | Coal | The most basic must-have for a successful Grigliata is excellent quality coal. Don't you agree? This one product has the power to induce the right amount of flavour to the meat and set the tone for the evening! So be extra picky and make sure to select the best quality barbeque coal. | Meat | Now, let's talk about some juicy essentials. The selection of meat is endless, and we feel - the more choice, the merrier. It is a known fact that when entertaining, variety is always the key, and it is always better to make sure all your guests have a host of options to choose from. Choose the seasonal favourites like ribeye, striploin, milk-fed veal french ribs or from seafood selections like salmon/shrimp/squid etc, or just go all out with a platter of Grigliata Mista di Carne along with some flavourful olives, veggies and easy + fabulous DIY spicy mayo dip, which can be prepared using mayonnaise & your fav spicy sauce! | Buns, Butter & Sauce | Time for some simple, yet equally important essentials. Well, who doesn't love a good old classic barbeque burger? We sure do! A burger made using freshly grilled meat + buttered-up buns sounds like a dream. Pro-tip - make sure to keep your pantry stocked with a selection of sauces i.e. from a classic BBQ sauce to red hot sauce & some yellow mustard. | Vegetables & Herbs | Make sure to add a refreshing touch to your meat spread with seasonal vegetables and herbs. Aromatic herbs like rosemary, parsley, and dried oregano with fresh veggies will no doubt bring out a unique taste to your grills. | Juices | How about some refreshing beverages to enjoy along with the fabulous meat spread? If you are a mocktail-kind of person, it would be a great idea to go ahead and prepare yourself and your guest a chilled pitcher of lemon mocktail/fresh fruit juice. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser + a kid-friendly option too. Additionally, you can enjoy your BBQ with fresh juices obtained from fresh Italian fruits. A great source of energy and the perfect drink to enjoy at any time. As summer comes to an end, it is time to welcome an exciting all-new season, filled with lots of fun grilling. We at Casinetto, have got you all covered for the same and are ready to help you experience the beautiful winter with a table full of fantastic food. Check out and pick from our ultimate barbeque selection and make sure to share with us your favourite winter food experience in the comment section below! Buon Appetito

October 2, 2023

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5 Easy Back-to-School Snack Box Ideas!

Summer vacation has ended, and it is time for all the little munchkins to return to school. As difficult as it is for them to finally get out of the summer mode and get into the regular schedule, we also understand how busy and chaotic the prepping time can get every morning for all you moms & dads out there! To ease your load (just by a little bit), we have put together a few simple snack options to pick from for your Li'l one's lunch/snack box that is fun and healthy! | Classic Pancakes | You cannot go wrong with pancakes, no matter how fussy an eater a kid is! An easy peasy breakfast option prepared using simple ingredients + 5 minutes of your time. All you need is some all-purpose flour, add in eggs, milk, and salt + whip it up. Butter up that pan and pour in the mix. Layer it and top it up with fresh berries or your favourite fruits with a generous dash of maple syrup. Tada! Breakfast is ready to be served. | Cheese and Turkey Roast Sandwich | A quick lunch fix that is not only delicious but is also easy to prepare. Toast a slice of bread, apply butter, and layer it with fresh lettuce and tomato slices. Top it up with rolled-up turkey roast slices and cheese. Next, add another layer of lettuce with the top layer of buttered bread. A tasty sandwich that is perfect for a lunch break! The fresh veggies bring in a refreshing feel, while the cheese and turkey ham add the required flavour and protein!  | A Classic Jam Sandwich | An oldy but for sure a goldy, that has been a favourite snack pick for ages now! Correct us if we are wrong, but no one can beat the classic jam sandwich in the simple and light evening snack department. The time required to prepare it is 5 minutes, the ingredients required are just 3, and the chances of your Li'l one not liking it is zero! Spread some butter on a slice of bread, top it up with the flavourful berry, plum, apricot or any jam flavour of your Lil one’s choice and layer another slice of bread on top. Less messy, more fun! You can even try some chocolate spread along with butter too. | Mixed Fruits | A healthy lunch box is incomplete without at least one fruit, and you know what is even better than one? Adding a variety of slices that it is colourful and make their way into Li'l one's tummy, like some nutrient-rich berries, grapes, kiwi and much more! We recommend picking fruits that are currently in season to make sure they are fresh and delicious. | Pignoli Cookie | There is one thing you will never have to force your Li'l one to eat, any guesses? Yep, you guessed it right. COOKIES it is! Now, have you tried a classic Italian Pignoli Cookie? No? Then you are missing out on something fantastic! An authentic cookie recipe to satisfy every sweet tooth. So delicious, we bet you won't be able to keep your hands off the cookie jar! A quick five ingredients recipe - Pine nuts, almond paste, sugar, egg white and a pinch of salt - mix it up, bake & enjoy the deliciousness in no time. A healthy tummy leads to a healthy mind, and we know you do not want to miss out on any chance to fill up your kid with all the nutrients required. We at Casinetto, put in all our expertise, in sourcing the best products in all of the Italian and European markets, without compromising on the quality. Shop now from our Back to School collection and fill your pantry with all the essentials today! Buon Appetito

August 29, 2023

Celebrate Ferragosto the Italian Way!

  Buon Ferragosto! Are you familiar with this famous Italian holiday? No? Well, then let us introduce you to this fantastic national summer fun day, that is celebrated all over Italy. History:  Centuries ago, Ferragosto marked the end of a hard, hot summer harvesting season and a time to enjoy the yield and profit of the season with family & friends on a day out. It is also a day of festivities, as it is the catholic festival of ‘Assumption of Mary’, a celebration of blessed Mother Mary’s ascent to heaven. The present Italian way of celebratingFerragosto: Ferragosto, today is a beloved public holiday that is celebrated with a trip to the beach, concerts or an outdoor picnic with family and friends along with some delicious Italian dishes. I mean when we are talking about Italy, that too an Italian summer holiday, how can we forget the flavorful food! Each region in Italy still celebrates this holiday in their very own traditional way, with fresh and simple food. For e.g, if you are in Sicily for the summer, you are sure to taste the classic dessert gelu ri muluni made using watermelon and if, in Rome, you will be treated to some fabulous chicken and sweet peppers. It is a summer holiday to unwind and truly appreciate the freshly harvested seasonal fruits & vegetables along with fantastic seafood dishes. And, we at Casinetto are all set for you to celebrate Ferragosto the Italian way! >>>>> Order Now <<<<<

August 12, 2023

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Celebrate Ferragosto the Italian Way!

  Buon Ferragosto! Are you familiar with this famous Italian holiday? No? Well, then let us introduce you to this fantastic national summer fun day, that is celebrated all over Italy. History:  Centuries ago, Ferragosto marked the end of a hard, hot summer harvesting season and a time to enjoy the yield and profit of the season with family & friends on a day out. It is also a day of festivities, as it is the catholic festival of ‘Assumption of Mary’, a celebration of blessed Mother Mary’s ascent to heaven. The present Italian way of celebratingFerragosto: Ferragosto, today is a beloved public holiday that is celebrated with a trip to the beach, concerts or an outdoor picnic with family and friends along with some delicious Italian dishes. I mean when we are talking about Italy, that too an Italian summer holiday, how can we forget the flavorful food! Each region in Italy still celebrates this holiday in their very own traditional way, with fresh and simple food. For e.g, if you are in Sicily for the summer, you are sure to taste the classic dessert gelu ri muluni made using watermelon and if, in Rome, you will be treated to some fabulous chicken and sweet peppers. It is a summer holiday to unwind and truly appreciate the freshly harvested seasonal fruits & vegetables along with fantastic seafood dishes. And, we at Casinetto are all set for you to celebrate Ferragosto the Italian way! >>>>> Order Now <<<<<

August 12, 2023

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Elevate Your Baking Game with Caputo Flour

World Baking Day is a perfect occasion to indulge in the art of baking and explore the endless possibilities of flavours and textures. If you're looking to elevate your baking game, Caputo Flour is a fantastic choice. Renowned for their quality and versatility, this brand offers a range of flours that cater to different dietary needs and baking preferences.  Gluten-free Flour from Naples For those who follow a gluten-free diet or have gluten intolerances, the Fioreglut Gluten-Free Caputo Flour is an excellent choice. This versatile flour blend is meticulously crafted to replicate the texture and flavour of traditional wheat-based flour. Whether you're making bread, pizza crusts, or delicate pastries, this flour ensures fantastic results, leaving everyone amazed at how gluten-free baking can be so delicious! Flour 00 All Purpose from Naples The Flour Classica 00 All Purpose Caputo is a staple in every baker's pantry. Renowned for its versatility, this finely milled flour is ideal for a wide range of recipes, from fluffy cakes to delicate pastries and even fresh pasta. With its balanced protein content and excellent absorption properties, it guarantees consistently excellent results, allowing you to achieve that authentic Italian taste in your baked creations. Flour Manitoba 0 Oro from Naples When it comes to bread baking, Flour Manitoba Oro 0 Caputo is a must-have. Renowned for its high protein content and excellent elasticity, this flour is perfect for making hearty, chewy bread with a golden crust. Its strength and fermentation tolerance make it a favourite among professional bakers and home-baking enthusiasts. With this flour, you can achieve professional-grade bread that will impress everyone at your table. Flour 00 Pasta and Gnocchi from Naples Caputo not only caters to bakers but also offers excellent options for pasta and gnocchi enthusiasts. Flour Pasta and Gnocchi 00 Caputo is specifically designed to create perfectly textured homemade pasta and gnocchi. The finely ground flour ensures ideal elasticity and smoothness, resulting in delectable pasta dishes that will transport you to Italy. Flour Chickpea For those seeking alternative flours with unique flavours and nutritional benefits, Flour Chickpea from Caputo is an excellent choice. Made from ground chickpeas, this flour adds a nutty flavour and a protein-packed punch to your baked goods. Flour Pasticceria Pink 00 Flour Pasticceria Pink 00 Caputo is a speciality flour designed for the art of pastry-making. With its low protein content, this finely milled flour creates tender and delicate pastries, cakes, and cookies. Its smooth texture allows for precise and flawless results, making it a favourite among professional pastry chefs and bakers alike. This World Baking Day, embrace the magic of baking and pasta-making with Caputo Flour. From gluten-free options to versatile all-purpose flours, and even speciality flours for pasta, gnocchi, and pastries, Caputo offers a wide range of products that cater to every baker's needs. Let their exceptional quality and expertise inspire you to create delightful baked goods and pasta dishes that will leave everyone wanting more. So, put on your apron, gather your favourite ingredients, and embark on a flavorful journey with Caputo Flour. Happy baking and pasta-making!

May 19, 2023

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Savouring the Italian Flavours of Easter: Colomba, Eggs, and more!

Easter is a time for celebration, family, and delicious food in Italy, and there are plenty of unique traditions to explore during this festive season. Italians observe the Holy Week with various religious events and processions leading up to Easter Sunday, which is a day of feasting, family gatherings, and preparation and consumption of special Easter delicacies. Colomba Colomba, also known as Colomba Pasquale is a traditional Italian Easter cake that is shaped like a dove, symbolising peace and rebirth. The origins of this delicious sweet bread can be traced back to the 6th century. Enriched with eggs, butter, sugar and candied orange peel, once the dough is prepared, it is given the shape and topped with pearl sugar and whole almonds before being baked until golden brown. Similar to the Christmas Panettone, Colomba Pasquale is usually gifted to family and friends. Colomba can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a delicious chocolate spread or a hot beverage. A must-try: Colomba Dolce&Gabbana Almonds, Colombadoro Melegatti Easter Eggs Another beloved Easter tradition in Italy is the decoration of Easter eggs. While Easter eggs are a common tradition worldwide, Italians take them to the next level by creating beautiful and intricate designs on their eggs. These eggs are often painted or decorated with traditional symbols, such as doves or crosses, and are given as gifts to loved ones. Pastiera Napoletana If you're a fan of desserts, you're in for a treat during Italian Easter celebrations. Pastiera Napoletana is a fabulous traditional Easter dessert from Naples. It is made by mixing cooked wheat berries, ricotta cheese, sugar, and eggs, flavoured with orange blossom water and mixed with candied fruit. The mixture is then poured into a pastry shell and baked until golden brown. Once cooled, the Pastiera Napoletana is dusted with powdered sugar and served for a sweet and flavourful Easter treat. Easy to prepare, this is a dish you can bake with your family and enjoy for Easter Sunday lunch/dinner. Easter in Italy is a fun and festive time that is full of delicious treats and unique traditions. From Colomba to chocolate eggs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this special season. Whether you're a local or a visitor, experiencing Italian Easter traditions is a must-do for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the country's rich culture, heritage & ofcourse food! At Casinetto, we source and serve only the best products that Italy and Europe has to offer. Have a look at our Easter Specials and pick all that you need for a delicious and festive holiday season.

April 6, 2023

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