Antipasti from Diforti – a touch of Sicily in my kitchen:
If there’s one thing I remember from my visit to Sicily, it’s the food. Wonderful olives, seafood, sun dried tomatoes and bread. The kind of food where you don’t need to cook in order to eat well. At this time of year, when it’s far too hot to be slaving over a stove, Antipasti comes into its own for me. I eat far too much of it and I really enjoy putting together an antipasti platter for supper.
So, when Diforti offered to send me their Classic Antipasti Selection to review, I jumped at the chance.
Diforti is an old Sicilian company, founded in 1875 by the great grandfather of current owners, Carlo, Andrea and Francesca Diforti. Luigi Diforti originally set up shop in a little village in Sicily, but over the years the business expanded first into restaurants and delis in Italy and later, in 1974 into a business that exported produce to the UK. They now have a range of over 200 antipasti dishes, all beautifully packaged and often with a long enough shelf life to mean you can store things up for when you need a little treat.
My beautifully packaged box arrived with a complimentary canvas shopping bag. The selection included semi-dried cherry tomatoes, Nocellara del Belice olives, sweet red peppers stuffed with cheese, Spanish salted Marcona almonds, aged Pecorino with truffles, salami, breadsticks and a curious flat bread called Pane pomodoro – bread with just a hint of tomato, salt and herbs.
I’ve been nibbling contentedly on the contents ever since – and I still have a way to go.
I’m particularly impressed with the Pecorino with truffles – it’s quite strong but worked perfectly with a little of the pane pomodoro or some salami. If I hadn’t finished the lot, I’d have tried grating some over fresh pasta too. And, the semi-dried tomatoes were so nice that although I put out fresh cherry tomatoes, we all prefered the semi-dried ones and ignored the fresh ones. Nocellara olives are one of my favourite kind, mid-sized mild, green olives and Marcona almonds are sweet, delicate and perfect to munch on with a glass of prosecco.
I think this kind of box is the perfect gift. For most people there will be some old favourites and some new treats to experiment with. And, during the summer, it’s a great way to avoid spending too much time in the kitchen.
So, I’ve persuaded Diforti to offer one Classic Antipasti Selection for a lucky London-Unattached reader.
All you need to do is follow through the rafflecopter – remembering to check out the Diforti shop so you can pick your favourite product from there and leave me a note in the comments about what makes it special for you.