Just like many of you I love receiving food boxes comfortably delivered to my doorstep. I get a feeling of excitement holding the box and this urge to rip it open just like a child would do on his birthday.. I cannot wait to see what’s the surprise inside!
My latest subscription food-box review has been interesting. These “fine food boxes” brought to you by “FineItaly” are being promoted as “homemade food produced by craftmen who follow the traditional Italian recipe” with every menu tied to a specific place in Italy.
They can provide several types of Italian meals: ” The Langhe, Roma, Portofino, Dolomiti, Venezia and the Tuscan meal”. I chose the “Roma meal” which arrived safely packed in a wooden box and contained the following:
- a packet of bucatini pasta
- Amatriciana pasta sauce
- a jar of pork stew
- a jar of artichoke and pepper pate
- a packet of bruschetta toasted bread
- a bottle of white wine
- almond cantuccini biscuits
- a jar with a selection of wild berries in wine
The meal was perfect of us, a family of four. Instructions will tell you how to prepare the meal although the preparation time is minimal; there is a product information sheet with all the ingredients listed with the nutrition facts.
In true Italian style I started with the starter. I spread the pate on the bruschetta toasted bread which we enjoyed with the white wine. The wine was of good quality and went very well with the meal. With this meal you usually get a bottle of Frascati wine.
The pate tasted very much like homemade and I was pleased to read on the label that the only ingredients were artichokes, peppers, sunflower oil, olive oil, vinegar and salt.
Bucatini with Amatriciana sauce soon followed. This dish is very popular especially in central Italy. This tomato-enriched sauce with guanciale or cured pork cheek is one of those classic Italian dishes much loved by Italians. Bucatini are thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole in the center.
A hearty, flavourful traditional dish. The sauce was very tasty.
The pork and white cannellini beans stew reminded me so much of my mum’s cooking. The meat combined with the beans and the tomato sauce made it very nutritious and very moreish.
Our dessert were cantuccini cookies which we dipped into a sauce made with assorted wild berries in “Langhe” Freisa wine. The blueberries were little ones, a wild variety which is more interesting and has more flavour than the larger ones you find in supermarkets.
Cantuccini are dry and hard biscuits suitable for dipping into wine or sauces.
So what’s the verdict?
The meal requires minimum prep: All I had to do was cook the pasta, reheat the main course and the appetizer and dessert were ready to eat.
The food does taste of homemade cooking.
I was really pleased to find that all the food was made with fresh ingredients, without preservatives or additives.
This isn’t posh cooking but simple Italian good quality homecooking which you can enjoy on any day of the week.
An unexpected positive was that the food came packed carefully in a very well crafted wooden box with sliding top lid – ideal to keep for storage use later (less rubbish in the bins!).
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