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
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 lamb chops, 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. | Cola & Juices | How about some refreshing beverages to enjoy along with the fabulous meat spread? Fizzy cola is an ideal thirst quencher, but 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. 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 this 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
Presenting our Halal Favourites!
Ciao! Are you ready to taste something fantastic this weekend? Yes? Well, we are equally excited to share with you what we have in store! Hint - it’s halal. As we believe good food is not just a necessity but a way of life, today we bring to you the best halal meat selection that is fresh and of the highest quality. Get your grills out & kitchen ready cause here comes a set of deliciousness you cannot miss! | 1. Lamb | Lamb is red meat from young sheep and can help you prepare and serve a beautiful feast to your guest. A definite must try recipe: Agnello con le olive! A traditional Italian dish that's prepared using lamb + black olives as the main ingredient along with fresh onions, tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, and olive oil, add in some seasonings and in a few simple steps, Voila! A protein-rich supper is ready. | 2. Veal | Our Milk-fed veal is tender, tasty and available in a host of cuts for every kitchen masterpiece! A culinary favourite that is fresh and of such supreme quality, you will forever cherish the experience. We say it is the perfect meat option to prepare a delicious Italian delicacy, Cotoleta Alla Milanese for dinner and enjoy with family and friends. | 3. Chicken | Planning a dinner for two but want to go fancy too? Well, then you must try the fabulous Chicken Cacciatore! Easy to prepare and loaded with fresh veggies, now that is what we call a healthy meaty dinner! | 4. Beef | With the delightful Bresaola, Salame Milano Beef, and Spicy Salami Spianata in presence, you cannot miss out on an opportunity to prepare a flavourful beef charcuterie. Add in a selection of fresh Italian fruits along with the king of cheese Parmigiano Rigano PDO, and there you have it, a platter so perfect, that everyone is going to enjoy and talk about all night! All this Halal option, need we say more on what you can plan and prepare this weekend? Try our latest collection of halal favourites and experience meat like no other time! Why go out when you can cook restaurant-style dishes loaded with flavour in the comfort of your own?! At Casinetto, we believe in serving the best, and we make sure to bring the products of the highest quality from Italy and the whole of Europe to your dinner table. <<<<< Order Now >>>>> Buon Appetito
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! Here is an exclusive pre-sale to grab before our up to 90% off sale goes live from the 13th - 15th of august. >>>>> Order Now <<<<<
Ciao! So, quick question - What's your dream summer vacay destination? Italy, you say! Now that is our favourite spot too. Honestly, who wouldn't want to soak up the Italian sun while sipping a delightful raspberry mojito, devouring anything and everything Italian made! But, since we cannot take you there, we want to bring a small piece of Italy to you. Enjoy the best of Italian Cucina extravaganza from the comfort of your home with these five authentic summer dishes plus a fabulous Bevande. Want to experience this summer the Italian way? Then hop on for a delicious ride to Italiano food-coma! Insalata - Peach Burrata Caprese Salad A perfect Italian salad prepared using the star fruit of the season - peaches, creamy burrata cheese topped with veggie goodness of greens (basil + baby spinach) and balsamic. Healthy and delicious, an easy peasy summer salad experience you do not want to miss! Antipasto - Roasted Eggplant Caponata A classic Sicilian antipasto that is versatile and can be paired with almost anything - from creamy parmesan polenta to a plain piece of bread! Loaded with flavours from eggplant and fresh veggies and blended with sweet and tangy flavours of vinegar and honey, this dreamy appetizer helps you travel through its taste straight to the beautiful island of Sicily! Il Secondo 1 - Creamy Pasta Primavera A colourful Italian dish that is full of healthy and refreshing veggies like zucchini, broccoli, basil, etc., pasta and creamy Parmigiano Reggiano PDO - pasta primavera is a delicious choice for vegetarians. It is flavourful, light, and so easy to prepare that we wouldn't be surprised if you end up preparing it every day of summer! Il Secondo 2 - Spaghetti alle vongole The authentic Italian summer meal is incomplete without the fantastic seasonal flavours of seafood, and we did promise you a complete Italiano experience! So, presenting to you one of the most loved dishes from the traditional cookbook of Campania, Spaghetti Alle Vongole - A heavenly combination of fresh clams + their juice along with herbs, spaghetti and of course, olive oil! Taste it and tell us if we are wrong. Dolci - Zabaglione with Berries It's now time for our favourite to step forward and say Hello Dolci! Desserts are an important part of any Italian meal, and we present one that screams summer. A pretty Italian dessert, loaded with fabulous berries and a velvety custard base. We told you, it is a dreamy summer Dolci all the way! Enjoy a cup of this light and healthy dessert after a hearty meal. Bevande - Strawberry basil shrub While cooking all this amazing food, we do not want you to exhaust yourself - so here’s a bonus thirst quencher you are sure to be sipping all summer! Strawberry basil shrub is delicious, refreshing and easy to make. Balsamic strawberry crushed with basil brings in the refreshing part, while the ice with soda water helps cool down the heat - A perfect way to chill this summer the Italian way! Italian cuisine always has an aroma of homely feels and comfort food, giving a wholesome experience and Italian summer recipes are even more welcoming! Be it the taste of warm juicy cherry tomatoes or the best seasonal seafood summer has to offer, everything you taste is loaded with warm summer energy. You got to try it for yourself and to see what we mean! At Casinetto, we strive to bring you the best Italy has to offer and genuinely want to help you experience what an Italiano Cibo truly feels like! So check out our range of fabulous Italian summer produce and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We can't wait to know all about your experience! >>> Order Now <<< Buon Appetito
Summer of Italian Freshness
Summer season is officially here, and so is our freshest harvest of the season, straight from Italy! Browse through the below list and see for yourself to believe it. 1. Baby Watermelon: They are sweet, juicy and super-rich in water content. Oh, the perfect pick for any summer dish! Not just delicious, they are loaded with natural nutrients to keep you up and going all summer. Baby Watermelons are the perfect fruit to enrich your aperitifs or for a healthy after-meal snack. 2. Amalfi Lemons: A citrus fruit that taste, smells and looks like summer has to be lemon. Bright yellow in colour and a refreshingly tangy flavour, one can not help but make a fresh batch of lemonade every day or sprinkle it on the delicious fruit salad prepared this hot season! 3. Red Capsicum: These pretty veggies are made up of a little bit of spice and everything nice, literally! High in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, red capsicums are incredible for your eyes and belly. We say, look no further than this veggie to make your summer platter as colourful and healthy as it gets. 4. Peaches: Fresh and fragrant, this superstar summer fruit has a heavenly flavour and definitely falls in the category of "you do not want to miss it!." As common as it is to prepare and enjoy some delicious peach fruit iced tea, it is also a great idea to preserve and enjoy them in the winter season for a perfect feel of - summer in a jar. 5. Cucumbers: You can eat it, drink it or even apply it to your face - This superfood is an all-in-one veggie, loaded with nutrients in every way that matters. High in antioxidants, cucumber contains 96% of water. So, forgot to carry a water bottle? No worries! This summer, cucumbers can be the perfect thirst quencher for you! Seasonal fruits are best enjoyed during the actual harvest season to gain all the goodness the fresh and tasty produce has to offer. We at Casinetto always strive to ensure that the best of the season is delivered to your doorstep! >> Order Now << Buon Appetito!
10 Famous Italian Cheeses to Know and Love
Italian food is comforting and attractively familiar, and it’s thanks to the country’s traditional ingredients. Amongst all the items in the Italian pantry, there’s no doubt cheese has a special place in our hearts. The ‘Big Boot’ has dozens of diverse types of cheese, and they all have different uses! If you’re a home chef looking to level up your cooking, you must start with quality food, which means sourcing authentic Italian products. At Casinetto, you’ll find the best Italian and European products delivered straight to the UAE. Traditional ingredients, authentic flavours, always. Here are 10 famous Italian cheeses to know and love! Have you tried them all? 1. Parmigiano / Grana Padano The most famous Italian cheese without a doubt is Parmigiano Reggiano. This hard cheese from Emilia Romagna or Lombardia, is made with unpasteurised cow’s milk and aged for a minimum of 12 months! Make sure you source yours from a reputable producer, like Gennari. Grate Parmigiano cheese over a steamy bowl of pasta or add it to creamy sauces for a uniquely Italian taste. For a more affordable cheese or similar quality, explore the beautiful Grana Padano or Parmesan Hard cheese. 2. Burrata Burrata is a unique Italian cheese made with cow’s milk, and it’s typical in Puglia, Southern Italy. Producers use rennet to curdle the milk and use the fresh cheese to form pouches. They then fill these round bags with “stracciatella” (mozzarella shred and fresh cream) and seal them, making burrata a gooey delight! Burrata is best enjoyed over a tossed salad, but it makes a lovely pizza topping, and it can also be part of modern preparations — its milky flavour is deliciously compatible with truffles! Amongst the best producers specialising in burrata, you’ll find Palazzo, which is exclusively found in Casinetto’s catalogue. 3. Mozzarella / Buffalo mozzarella Mozzarella is another famous Italian cheese, and it’s also popular in Central and Southern Italy. To make this stringy cheese, producers stretch the curded cow’s milk in a process known as pasta filata. The result is a stretchy cheese with an intense flavour that melts beautifully on casseroles! Some of the most traditional types of mozzarella are still made with buffalo milk, and they’re known as buffalo mozzarella. 4. Pecorino Pecorino is an exciting Italian cheese made with sheep’s milk in Central Italy. Pecora means sheep in Italian, and the sheep’s thick, high-quality milk becomes semi-hard and hard cheese you can grate over pasta or cook with. You’ll find the finest pecorino straight from Forteto’s or Guffanti’s cheese cellars at Casinetto. This is as legitimate as pecorino gets! Pecorino is a wonderful alternative to Parmigiano. 5. Provolone Provolone is a delicious Italian cheese made with the pasta filata method but aged until intense and rich. Provola is the smaller type of Provolone. This tasty Italian cheese is often smoked. The cheese can be spicy, too, and it’s widely used for grilling. 6. Mascarpone Now for a creamy Italian cheese, nothing beats pure mascarpone. If you’ve ever tried the outstanding tiramisu, you know what we’re talking about! Mascarpone is made with fresh cream, from which producers remove the way to create a creamy cheese with many uses — it’s the star in many cheesecake recipes, for example. Still, mascarpone is used in sweet and savoury dishes, particularly in Northern Italy. For a lovely mascarpone made 100% with Italian milk, try Sterilgarda, a traditional producer with fifty years of cheese-making experience. 7. Gorgonzola Gorgonzola is the most prominent blue cheese in the Italian repertoire. Blue veins and green spots, proper of well-aged cheese inoculated with Penicillium glaucum mould, make this type of cheese instantly recognisable. Gorgonzola’s crumbly texture, strong fragrance and salty flavour make it a lovely pizza topping or ravioli filling and a critical ingredient in cream pasta sauces. 8. Stracciatella Stracciatella means’ small shreds’, and it’s because this creamy Italian cheese is made with shredded curd cheese, often by mozzarella producers. Traditional producers, like Palazzo, still make the finest stracciatella with Cow milk. Buttery and creamy, flavourful and deliciously fresh, this is one of those Italian cheeses to enjoy during summer on a tossed salad. 9. Stracchino Not to be confused with stracciatella, stracchino is a Lombardy speciality, often labelled as ‘crescenza.’ This addictively soft cheese has a spreadable, creamy texture, and it’s made with the finest milk from Alpine cows. Stracchino has no rind, and it’s often pressed into blocks. It comes without saying a slice of this tender cheese is hard to forget. 10. Ricotta Ending on a high note, ricotta cheese is amongst the most attractive Italian products, and home cooks globally love it for its consistently extraordinary quality. Ricotta means ‘double-cooked’, and it’s because traditional producers, like Valle Verde, harvest high-quality whey during cheese production and curd it with an acidic ingredient. What you get is a buttery Italian cheese similar to cottage cheese. The best ricotta, of course, you’ll find only at Casinetto.
5 easy BBQ recipes
Winter is here: Time to dust your barbeques and try these five easy and delicious Italian recipes. Bel Paese has a long tradition of grilled food and here are some smart tips to easily get the most authentic flavours. With authentic Italian products and Casinetto’s quality ingredients, success is guaranteed. 1: Polpo Arrostito (Roasted Octopus) Frozen octopus is better for a barbecue because it is tender and easier to cook, giving it a superior texture. Once thawed, dip it into a marinade made of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice, and let it rest a couple of hours. Grill the octopus for a few minutes (depending on the size) on each side until charred and crisp on the edges. You can also use a sliced octopus which is evenly cooked and is perfect with a ”panini” or some crunchy “lingue di suocera”. Complete your traditional Apulian menu with a fresh burrata. 2: Mazara alla Griglia (Grilled Mazara Shrimps) Simple grilled shrimps are everything but simple when it comes to Gambero Rosso Mazara, the best seafood on earth. Once thawed, carefully dry the shrimps with a cloth and quickly grill them on both sides (avoid overcooking to keep them supple). The dressing is key here. Brush the shrimps with Casinetto’s extra virgin olive oil and season it with finely chopped garlic, salt and a pinch of parsley. 3: Pollo Arrosto (Roasted Chicken) Can lean meat and barbecue be friends? Sure, if you properly manage the temperature and cooking time. To grill a delicious baby chicken you have to first grill the whole chicken for about two minutes on each side at 150-160 degrees. Complete the cooking at about 100 degrees (set embers aside and take advantage of reflected heat), turn the chicken every five minutes or so. This way, even the healthy lean meat of the chicken will remain tender. Enjoy a true Italian taste by rubbing the chicken with salt and rosemary before grilling it, and serve with sliced roasted potatoes (almost no extra work with Casinetto’s frozen grilled potato wedges) 4: Salsiccia (Fresh Sausage) Camping food par excellence and probably the most traditional ingredient for a rich “grigliata mista” (mixed grilled meat), fresh sausages are born for BBQ! As with other meats to grill, fresh sausage requires a little caution. Make sure you don’t pierce them, otherwise they’ll become too dry, don’t place them too close to the embers and turn them too often. Enjoy them with a few drops of balsamic vinegar of Modena. 5: Braciole di Agnello (Lamb Chop) Marinate the lamb chops with a mix of extra virgin olive oil, minced rosemary, oregano, chopped garlic and lemon zest, and let them rest aside for a couple of hours. As usual with lean bbq meat, briefly grill it close to the embers to seal in the juices, then complete the cooking more gently. Two-centimetres thick lamb chops should take 8-10 minutes overall to cook. Serve them with soft oven baked artichoke hearts, another traditional food of Sardinia. You don’t have to get your fingers dirty with our artichoke hearts seasoned with a mixture of garlic, minced parsley, salt and breadcrumbs. Artichokes are also delicious at room temperature, so you can bake them in advance. Enjoy the lamb chops the authentic Sardinian way with pane guttiau. Buon Appetito!
The Finest Fruits and Veggies on Earth are European
Fruits and especially veggies are essential in any healthy diet, and the ripest and more nutritious, the better. And although today you can find these in every supermarket, the best agricultural products are grown in Europe, hands down. So, what’s the value behind European produce? Are these veggies so much better than what we can find in our local grocery store? Read on and find out. There’s a reason the most exclusive restaurants in the world source their veggies from the most traditional farms around Europe — the produce is on another level. Now, you can enjoy them as well! What’s the Difference Between Your Local Veggies and European Produce? Although vegetables are all kind of the same everywhere, you should know that doesn’t mean they’re not different. The most significant difference between European vegetables and your local counterparts is simple — the philosophy behind them. In most parts of the world, fruits and vegetables are bred to resist pests and frosts. Tomatoes, for example, are harvested when they’re still unripe and are refrigerated until they’re delivered to the stores. They’re not nearly as flavorful as they could be, and that goes for the rest of the fruits and veggies grown worldwide. In Europe, vegetables are bred for their flavour and texture, and they’re never harvested until they reach their fullest potential. This means everything, from tomatoes to eggplants and onions, is more flavorful, colourful and nutritious than what you can find in your local grocery store. Italian Tomatoes are In Season; You Know What That Means! Talking about famous European veggies, we wouldn’t have Italian food without tomatoes, right? From steamy pasta tossed in marinara sauce to a thin pizza, tomatoes give Italian food vibrancy and colour. There are no better tomatoes than the Italian. Although you’ll find tomatoes in every supermarket, it only takes looking at the real thing to see how the ripe, lusciously red tomatoes from the Big Boot are on another level. And sure, you can buy Italian tomatoes in a can, but nothing beats holding a ripe, plumy Italian tomato in your hands. Are you ready to stock your fridge with the finest tomatoes in the world? What Types of Tomatoes are Grown in Italy? Not all tomatoes are created equal. Sure, Italian tomatoes are amongst the most coveted on the planet, but there’s more than one tomato in the Italian repertoire. Cherry Tomatoes. These beauties simply pop in your mouth with the most thrilling flavours. These are ideal for Caprese and other colourful salads. Piccadilly Tomatoes. This Italian variety is also small, but the red tomatoes are shaped like grapes. These are sweet and juicy and have thin skin — they’re a speciality in Southern Italy. San Marzano Tomatoes. The king of tomatoes, the most sought-after tomatoes in Italy, and source of the richest sauces. Only San Marzano tomatoes are allowed for making true Neapolitan Pizza. Camone Tomatoes. This exciting variety of Sardinian tomatoes is crisp and refreshing. The green hue these tomatoes show doesn’t mean they’re not ripe; they’re just beautifully tanned. Heartbeef Tomatoes. The old faithful, this bulky, rigged tomato might not be the prettiest on the bunch, but it’s amongst the most flavorful for sure. These meaty tomatoes make rich and thick sauces. Datterino Tomatoes. Our best seller, these Sicilian tomatoes, are small, flavorful and juicy. The name “Datterini” comes from “Dattero” (dates), and it’s because these beauties have the same shape and size as dates. These are incredibly versatile, and they’re summer favourites! And this is just the beginning. Every Italian tomato has a story, and they can all elevate your cooking to new heights! Why not make authentic Italian tomatoes part of your life? They can be your secret ingredient. And Tomatoes Are Just One Example Tomatoes are fantastic, especially when they’re of European quality, but there’s much more to fill your fridge with quality produce. Here are some of the tastiest European produce brought to you by Casinetto. Eggplants. Tender eggplants to make Pasta Alla Norma or a lovely casserole. These vibrant veggies are as pretty as they’re tasty. Round violet eggplants or long Italian eggplants, there are several varieties to choose from. Onions. White and red European onions are known for their flavour intensity, and there are several other lesser-known varieties, including Borettane onions and smaller Red Braid onions. Peppers. The famous Friggitello green hot pepper is highly acclaimed for its mild sweetness and addictive spiciness. These are perfect for making arrabbiata. Zucchini. Round of long, Italian zucchini is legendary. Why not make an authentic minestrone soup or fill these juicy zucchinis with minced meat and cheese? As you see, there’s a veggie to enhance your cooking to heavenly heights. Are you ready to enjoy Italian vegetables? Casinetto has the finest, and we’ll deliver them to your doorstep!
The Remarkable Health Benefits Of A Mediterranean Diet
Apart from Italian food being downright delicious, did you know the Mediterranean diet is also highly beneficial for your health? Many studies have found that a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, oily fish and extra virgin olive oil can help combat a wide range of health issues and could even prevent life-threatening diseases. Scientists first started to study this particular diet in the 1960s, when it was found that heart disease caused fewer deaths in Mediterranean countries as compared to the US and northern Europe. So in this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the remarkable health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. High In Antioxidants & Helps Maintain Brain Health Italian food made with fresh fruit and vegetables will be naturally high in antioxidants and full of nutrients. This makes the Mediterranean diet a great choice if you’re hoping to maintain or lose weight. Eating Italian food rich in fibre will also help support your digestive system and metabolism. Since it takes longer for your body to digest fibre, fresh and healthy Italian food tends to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduces sugar cravings. Combine this with regular exercise and you’ll likely notice the difference in the way you look and feel, sooner rather than later! Plus, nutrient-rich Italian food is also important for brain health. Healthy fats, vitamins and minerals found in the Mediterranean diet can not only help those looking to drop a couple of pounds but also improve symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. Some scientists have also praised the Mediterranean diet for its ability to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. The Health Benefits Of Extra Virgin Olive Oil The Mediterranean diet calls for extra virgin olive oil, and this wonderful golden liquid has a wide range of health benefits too. Extra virgin olive oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can protect you against diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. It can also improve the look and feel of hair and skin since it contains vitamin E, giving those who enjoy olive oil a healthy glow. Often drizzled over a salad or fresh pasta dish, it’s also been linked to cancer prevention. Oily Fish Is Key To follow the Mediterranean diet, you’ll need to increase your intake of fresh oily fish or seafood. Ideally, you should eat fish at least twice a week, making sure to grill it rather than deep-fry. If you do want to eat meat, make sure it’s lean and only eat a small amount. Oily fish and seafood is key to the Mediterranean diet as it contains omega-3 fatty acids. Found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines, this healthy fat helps support heart health, weight management and can even reduce stress and anxiety. Omega-3 can also help to lower blood pressure, reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke and prevent death related to heart disease. If you’d like to take advantage of the Mediterranean diet, feel free to browse our online collection of Italian food. We have Italian seasonal fruit, extra virgin olive oil, and even fresh oily fish and seafood. Buon Appetito
5 Italian Desserts To Make At Home
Fancy a little taste of Italy this week? Let us tempt you with five delicious and authentic Italian desserts that you can make at home. From a refreshing affogato to a creamy pistachio cannoli, impress friends and family with these truly indulgent and classic Italian desserts. 1: Affogato Perfect for a hot summer’s day, this Italian dessert combines gelato and espresso for a sweet and caffeinated treat. All you need is your favourite Italian ice cream and a fresh pot of strong coffee to make affogato. We recommend Stracciatella Italian Gelato, as it has a creamy and subtle flavour that will complement the coffee rather than overpower it. Choose a wide-mouth glass and add a couple of scoops of gelato. Now prepare coffee and wait for a couple of minutes so that it can cool slightly. Pour the coffee over the ice cream and enjoy. You can also add some chopped nuts such as pistachios or fresh Italian cherries. 2: Cherry Tiramisu A classic Italian dessert, tiramisu can be made with Italian cherries for a slight twist on the traditional recipe. Again, using coffee, this dessert requires mascarpone cream, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale before beating in the mascarpone. Now using our Italian tiramisu sponge fingers, layer the sponge in individual dessert bowls or glasses. The next step is to heat pitted Italian cherries in a saucepan with two tablespoons of sugar. Once warm and smelling delicious, pour over the tiramisu sponge fingers. Top with mascarpone cream and a second layer of sponge. Repeat until you reach the top of the glass. Chill for two hours and then serve. 3: Pistachio Cannoli A Sicilian favourite, pick up these ready-made Italian cannoli shells to make this rich and creamy Italian dessert at home. Now it’s time to get creative with the filling. You’ll often find cannoli filled with fresh ricotta cream and topped with chopped pistachios in Sicily, but you can also get more modern versions such as chocolate, orange, and lemon zest. To help you easily fill your cannoli with cream, we now offer frozen pastry bags with rico, the sweetened ricotta cream. 4: Ricotta & Pear Cake To make this ricotta and pear cake from scratch, you’ll need several ingredients and quite a bit of time on your hands. But, thanks to our wide range of Italian desserts online, you can now buy this delicious hazelnut and almond cookie base cake, which has been pre-sliced and lovingly made in Italy. All you need to do is make a fresh Italian coffee and defrost the Italian dessert, and hope nobody guesses that you bought it over baking it yourself! 5: Panna Cotta Test your cooking skills at home by challenging yourself to make this classic Italian dessert. Light, sweet and chilled, it’s ideal for a sunny afternoon. First, make the gelatin base following the instructions on the packaging. Then, pour 150ml of milk and 400ml of double cream in a saucepan with 60g of sugar and vanilla. Stir and bring to a simmer and then remove from the heat. Add the gelatin to the mixture and stir well until dissolved. Add this mixture into your dessert bowls or glasses and allow to set in the fridge until firm to touch. To serve, tip out the panna cotta onto a plate and drizzle with strawberry or cherry compote, and add a garnish of fresh mint. Buon Appetito
Italian Olive Oil Buying Guide
Different Types Of Olive Oil When it comes to buying a bottle of Italian olive oil, it’s important to be aware of the different types of oils available. Some oils are best drizzled over fresh tomatoes and enjoyed while raw, whereas others are solely reserved for cooking and are not as concentrated or fragrant. Knowing the difference is key, as highly concentrated extra virgin olive oil is best if you want a high-quality flavoursome oil for cooking and seasoning food. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Cold Pressed As the best type of olive oil you can buy, extra virgin olive oil is unrefined and rich in antioxidants. Made using cold-pressed olives, this pure form is delicious for salad dressings, and to mix with yoghurt or hummus. Extra virgin olive oil is also ideal for everyday cooking and can be a great base for making a casserole or pasta sauce, where you’ll likely be slow-cooking onions and garlic. If you’re hoping to indulge in a starter of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and crusty bread, extra virgin olive oil is best. When choosing a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, make sure to pay close attention to the label. If it has been produced in the European Union it will likely be cheaper as the olives are picked in an intensive way. The maturation stage in which the olives are harvested can also reflect the quality and price you’ll pay for a bottle. The greener the olives, the fresher and fragrant the oil will be. You should also look for the organic logo before buying a bottle of olive oil. Organic certification is the seal of approval that the olives used to make the extra virgin olive oil, have not been in contact with pesticides. Olive Oil For Cooking Only There are also lower qualities of olive oil in the market that are best reserved for cooking. From virgin to refined olive oil, they are usually much lower in quality and price, and won’t provide the same health benefits as extra virgin olive oil. Virgin Olive Oils A step down from extra virgin olive oil, this type of oil has not been made from cold-pressed olives alone and instead typically features a blend of both cold-pressed olives and processed oils. It will usually be slightly lighter in colour and will often have a less fragrant aroma and flavour. While it might be more affordable than buying a bottle of pure extra virgin olive oil, you’ll be compromising on the quality and flavour. So, it’s much better to invest in a high-quality bottle than a cheaper alternative. Refined Olive Oil Far cheaper than virgin and extra virgin olive oil, you should preferably use this type of Italian olive oil for cooking and not to add flavour to a dish or use it to create a salad dressing. It can help you to fry, sear and sauté food, but shouldn’t be used to dip bread. Pure Olive Oil Pure olive oil is a blend of extra virgin and refined olive oil to give customers a more versatile product. Use this form of olive oil to cook or for cosmetic purposes. You can use this natural oil to nourish and strengthen your hair and hydrate the skin. Although pure olive oil can often have a pretty strong smell, so avoid using it when garnishing and seasoning food. Fancy investing in a high-quality bottle of Italian olive oil for your kitchen? Channel the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast and head to Casinetto to explore our online collection of Italian olive oils, delicious seasonal fruit, and vegetables. Buon Appetito
4 Weekend Brunch Ideas
From French toast drizzled with honey to smashed avocado toast with a squeeze of lemon, celebrate the weekend and get ready to discover four delicious European brunch ideas. Brunch is an extremely popular way to catch up with friends, indulge in comfort food, and just take things a little slower after a long working week. Taking recipes and flavours from Italy, France, Spain, and England, here are a handful of brunch ideas that you can make at home for a delicious and relaxing Saturday morning. 1: Classic French Toast We can’t talk about brunch without mentioning French toast. A classic brunch idea, French toast can be easily made at home. First, you’ll need a loaf of bread (or you can bake a fresh batch), fresh local eggs, organic milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk together the two eggs and a little milk, as well as a sachet of vanilla extract. Slice the bread and put them in a shallow dish. Lovingly pour the egg mixture over the slices of bread. Allow soaking for a couple of minutes before turning the bread over. Next, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan, and fry the bread for three minutes on either side over medium heat. Once ready, stack on a plate and dust with icing sugar and top with Italian cherries. 2: Lemon & Avocado Toast on Saltimbocca Bread Avocado toast is a firm favourite among millennials across Europe and can be upgraded with a squeeze of lemon or a little fresh chilli. Using a ripe avocado, scoop out the green goodness, and with a fork, smash until creamy. After making toast, top with avocado and add sea salt to taste. Next, squeeze over lemon juice, add a handful of fresh watercress, and if you’re brave, top with chilli. You can also add a poached egg on top of your avocado toast or add smoked Spanish paprika for heat. 3: Fluffy Pancakes with Cream If you ever travel to Europe and head out for brunch, you’ll almost always find fluffy pancakes on the breakfast menu. But it’s also very easy to make this brunch idea at home. First, mix 135g of plain flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and two tablespoons of caster sugar. In a separate bowl, combine 130ml of organic milk, a lightly beaten egg, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Carefully add the milk, eggs, and oil to the dry mixture and beat until light and fluffy. Now, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat with a little butter. Now pour in the pancake mixture until it reaches the sides of the pan. When the top begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until golden brown. Add double cream and fresh fruit. 4: Croissants & Coffee It is very common for French people to have a croissant for breakfast and a strong black coffee. Most professionals in Paris will visit a ‘la Boulangerie’ before heading to work to grab a freshly made croissant and coffee. A cornetto, the Italian version of the classic French croissant, is another popular brunch idea and tends to be softer and usually contains a sweet filling. To enjoy this romantic brunch idea with a loved one, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now buy Italian croissants online. Choose from vanilla, cherry, apricot, or chocolate-filled croissants. Buon Appetito
Hand-crafted Colomba Cakes & Chocolate Eggs
The Bunny has Surpassed himself this Year with Eggcellent Hand-crafted Easter Cakes and Chocolate Eggs from Italy. Did you know that the Easter bunny really is coming to Dubai? And that he delivers free to your door so that you can celebrate Easter 2021 with beautiful, 100% artisanal sweets from Italy? You can choose from over 35 Easter delicacies from exclusive Italian creators of Colomba cakes and chocolate eggs that are not available anywhere else in the UAE. Make your Easter season more special this year and taste the difference that centuries of family experience and hand-crafting makes FiasconaroColomba or Easter cakes with carefully-selected ingredients from pistachios to almonds, apricots to berries, using ancient methods, delicious genuine flavour combinations and the most rigorous quality control measures - all beautifully hand-wrapped and delivered to you for the Easter season. Or send one to a friend as it makes a perfect Easter gift! Melegattifirst made famous with the invention of the Christmas Pandoro and now offers beautiful cakes for all occasions including the famous Easter Colomba. The attention to quality and craftsmanship is reflected in all of the products with authenticity, creativity and on-going tradition. Melegatti does not use any artificial flavours but only fresh Italian hand-sourced ingredients that you will fall in love with this Easter in Dubai! Venchigourmet chocolate is made with passion, meticulous care and a creative flare that can be seen each season and each year. Chocolate Easter eggs, bunnies, puppies and easter gifts that are delicious, healthy and naturally made with the best ingredients and intentions to share and make life a little bit sweeter. Our bunny delivers only the very finest! And best of all? When you order between 21st March and the 2nd April, you will be entered into the draw to WIN an Easter lunch for you and your loved ones (4 people) at one of the most amazing restaurants in Dubai, Motorino! We will also be sending all customers a FREE surprise goody with each delivery! With all of this Easter goodness, you won’t want to miss out. With beautiful Easter-themed eggs, chocolates, cakes and gifts, as well as FREE delivery, Easter celebration in Dubai just keeps getting better! Buon Appetito!
Your healthier home. Our healthier planet. Go Green.
Common commercial cleaners are loaded with toxic and polluting substances designed to make domestic life easier while ignoring the many downsides. The cost of these chemical-based home care products can be high, with long-term health concerns for your family and environmental pollution caused by their manufacturing and disposal processes. Eating healthy is not enough. Think healthy for all your home care needs as well. While we use cleaning products daily, they have an impact on our health and the environment. If we safeguard our health, we also safeguard that of the planet. And it works both ways. Are you still looking for reasons to make that switch? Here are 5 reasons that will help you decide: 1. A healthier home Going eco with your home care products like detergents, surface cleaners, sanitisers and dishwashing accessories ensures that there are no chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed while cleaning. The health benefits also extend to the family members who are free from the chemicals lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces. 2. Safer products Conventional home care products pose a high risk of chemical burns to the skin and eyes. Using the best green cleaning products gives you the peace of mind of using products that meet strict guidelines and are safe for you, your family and the environment. 3. Purer environment The world is your home and using eco products helps you contribute to the reduction of pollution. While minimizing the impact on ozone depletion and climate change with fewer smog-producing products. It is one step at a time towards a greener future. Most green products also use recycled packaging, which in turn reduces waste. 4. More knowledge about the ingredients While following strict quality standards, eco-products bring to you information of the ingredients used and along with that, peace of mind. Knowing what goes into the products you use can be very important, especially if you have an allergy to certain chemicals and ingredients. 5. A whole range of Eco Home Care products are now available at Casinetto.com Your favourite online grocery now launches a range of Eco Home Care products delivered right to your doorstep with free same-day delivery in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and across the UAE. Our offering includes Eco Laundry, Eco Cleaning, Eco Dishes, Eco Gift Boxes and more. The laundry range consists of washing powders, detergents, fabric softeners, detergents for delicates, wool and more. For your dishes, we have dishwasher liquids, powders and tabs along with dish soaps that are gentle on your hand. Home cleaning goes eco too with all-purpose cleaners, degreasers, floor cleaners, toilet cleaners and more. We also have a range of gift boxes in each category to share the love of 'Going Green' with your loved ones. These handpicked products are imported from Italy and are exclusively available with Casinetto in the UAE. Produced with European quality standards and certifications, you will feel the difference with every use of these eco-friendly and sustainable products.
Discover our new range: Melegatti
Melegatti - Mastercraft Bakers of Fine Foods for Over 100 Years History: Founded by Domenico Melegatti in 1894 in the outskirts of Verona, Italy, Melegatti was first inspired by the sweet breads of the Christmas season and he received the Industrial Property Certificate for inventing the recipe, name and shape of the now-famous Pandoro. Ancient custom started with woman gathering in the Venetian court kitchens on Christmas Eve to make the "levà", a mixture of flour, milk and yeast. Melegatti’s recipe comes from an enrichment this traditional bread with butter and eggs and eliminating sugar and almonds from the crust so as not to reduce leavening. His new creation would allow the dough to rise for over 10 hours with 6-7 cycles of the dough. It takes about 36 hours to produce the beautiful and delicate Pandoro bread. Today: As one of the leading companies in the confectionary field, Melegatti has always valued high quality and tradition. Master bakers continue to achieve excellent craftsmanship by sourcing of the very best ingredients and taking great care with the processes. While being able to utilise new technologies and innovations as well continuing with the creativity of the bakers, the company has never lost touch with its roots and traditions. From the original classical Pandoro to the wide range of delicious desserts, Melegatti offers scrumptious treats for any occasion. From its inception, Melegatti has enjoyed steady successes and acclaimed recognition with prize-winning milestones and high praise from industry experts.
Discover our new range: Venchi
VENCHI Gourmet Chocolatier with 140 Years of Passion Behind Delectable Creations History: In the late 19th century, Silvano Venchi began experimenting with creating chocolate flavours in the Piedmont region of Italy. In 1878, and at the young age of 16, he was able to expand his home workshop of one large copper kettle and begin his “Chocolate Boutique” which allowed him to share his passion for chocolate with his community. He soon became famous for his hand-crafted, chocolate jewels made only of the highest quality ingredients and launching his first confection, the Giandujotto, which included 32% IGP Piedmont hazelnuts and his hand-made ambrosian chocolate. Today: Only the best ingredients have made it past the Venchi chocolatiers for over 140 years. These confectionary artisans continue to discover new flavours and chocolate combinations that always amaze and delight. Venchi chocolate is designed for moments of celebration, fun and love - the Italian way - with heartfelt generosity, warmth and art combined to make everyone smile.
Discover our new range: Fiasconaro
The history of Fiasconaro is first of all the history of the Fiasconaro family. History: The story of the famous Panettone created by the Fiasconaro family starts in the early 1950s in the small town of Castelbuona in Sicily. The 3 Fiasconaro brothers: Fausto, Martino and Nicola began helping their father, Mario, in his ice-cream shop and catering business. It was Nicola, who later became a talented pastry chef, who chose to interpret the traditional Northern Panettone recipe and give it a Mediterranean twist. He chose to use carefully-selected ingredients from Sicily such as pistachios, oranges, Modica chocolate, apricots, almonds and Manna delle Madonic (white syrup sap from Sicily) to enhance the Panettone recipes. It was the success of these delicious sweet bread creations that transformed the Fiasconaro brand into an International sensation. The brothers pride themselves with uncompromised quality and remaining true to their traditions. Standards are set high with a never-ending search for ingredients that meet rigorous requirements from genuine craftsmen and with old-world flavours. As the company grows with its success, it remains true to its measures of excellence set by their father many years ago.
Authentic Italian Goodness
In the pantheon of the world’s chocolates, there are only a few more countries more decorated than Italy. That’s because Italy is home to some of the world’s most esteemed chocolate makers. We at Casinetto are proud to bring to you chocolate products from these esteemed brands.
Organic. Natural. Healthy.
How your food is grown or raised can have a major impact on your health as well as the health of the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.
Discover our new farm: Carioni
Generations of farmers that have been producing wholesome goodness for over 100 Years. History: Since 1920, the Carioni family has been producing organic beef and milk products from their farm in the heart of the Cremasco countryside in Northern Italy. The land continues to be cultivated with the same passion that Tommaso Carioni handed down from generation to generation. Continuing to farm with respect for the land and the animals, Carioni has become a top player in the agri-food industry. Today: To produce the natural. wholesome goodness that is unique to Carioni, the farm houses over 1300 animals on more than 800 hectares of land. Hormone-free cows are raised with the consideration in a healthy and happy environment and their food is grown organically, full of nature’s goodness. Milk is collected daily and is processed without chemicals and bleaches to guarantee natural quality and safety. With a strong respect for tradition, sustainability, and standards, Carioni farms offer consumers wholesome clean foods that taste as they did in our grandfather’s day.