All posts tagged: pasta

Emozioni – Italian Style and Substance

A few weeks back I received a delivery of Emozioni products at work. I knew what was inside but as I pulled the boxes out of the package, I asked my colleagues to guess what was inside. They had their suspicions that it was a trick question but nearly all of them guessed that I would be pulling fancy cosmetics out of the boxes. Even when the bottle of truffle oil was produced, they still didn’t guess that it was edible. I was intrigued by the products; mainly because I have always associated good quality Italian products with classic packaging and the most delicious Italian food I have eaten has always been traditional. Emozioni, however, well and truly bucks the trend with a range of luxury Italian food products with contemporary and distinctive packaging. After seeing the beautiful packaging in the flesh, I was left asking whether it was a case of style over substance. So off I went to try them out. I tried paccheri pasta (£5.90), porchini dried mushrooms (£16.50 for 30g) and …

Prezzo Summer Menu

Al fresco dining in London is a bit of a sore point for me. Whenever we see a bit of sun, althgouh let’s be honest that’s quite rare in this country, all I want to do is head to a nice restaurant and sit outside basking in the sunshine. The problem is that everyone else in the city has the same idea, so I always find that the outdoor spaces are mobbed. So I was really looking forward to trying Prezzo last Friday evening. It was one of the hottest evenings of the year and we were booked on a table outside on the small but cute terrace on North Audley Street. Prezzo has just launched a new summer menu, which includes a range of small plates, including dishes such as Soufflé with Beetroot Confit, Grilliad Asparagus and Prosciutto Ham and a Tomato and Mozzarella salad. Diners can choose one plate for £5.25, three for £14.95 or five for £19.95. We enjoyed an Antipasto platter to start – prosciutto ham, salami milano, spicy ventricina salami, buffalo …

Pepper Pasta Magic

I went to meet my boyfriend, his dad and sister at the Design Museum one evening after work a few months ago to have a tour of a new exhibition. Afterwards we wandered around Shad Thames looking for a restaurant to satisfy our hunger. We saw an average looking Indian restaurant (at this point I was certainly not a fan of curry) and this was quickly disregarded. Afterall, we do live in Wembley, quite possibly the best suburb for an authentic curry house. We eventually stumbled upon an Italian restaurant by the river called Cantina Del Ponte. The menu was impressive, Jacks sister went for a classic fish dish, Jack had sea food linguine and I went for a fantastically delicious stone baked buffalo mozzarella, pesto and tomato pizza. It was however amusing to see Jacks dad order ‘pepper pasta’, what seemed to be the most unappetizing dish on the menu. The food arrived and it turned out he was certainly having the last laugh. I was very kindly offered a taste and I being …