Time to stock up on your Italian provisions at Lidl:
One of the catches with travelling by air is that there’s always a weight restriction. On my recent trip to Lake Garda, I had a massive 23kg allowance, but once you add in the odd bottle of Vino Santo or Spumante and perhaps a litre or two of olive oil…a few packets of polenta and perhaps some jars of Italian olives it seems to go very quickly. There’s also the issue of actually being able to carry your suitcase home. I ended up in a cab this time simply because I didn’t think I’d be able to negotiate the stairs and corridors of London Underground. There is, of course the alternative of buying things here and it just so happens that from 16th June is Italiamo week at Lidl.
Apart from a selection of specialist equipment (there’s an Expresso Machine for £49.99 or a Pasta Machine for £14.99 for example) Lidl also have a range of really rather special Italian products. One thing anyone who has visited Italy realises very quickly is that much of their produce comes from specific regions. As an example, even in Garda Trentino, one of the Olive Oil producers blended the local Casaliva olive oil with Puglian oils because Puglia arguably produces the best oil in Italy. Cantuccini biscuits should come from Tuscany and while you can find chestnuts in many places in Italy, those from Avellino in Campania are regarded as being some of the best.
Lidl’s Italiamo range is a good way to get something of an authentic Italian experience. While you might not always get an IGP or DOP label, they seem to have taken care to ensure that their product range is regionally sourced. I’ve only just started to try some of the content of the lovely hamper I was sent this morning – needless to say with the Cantuccini and Torroncini, both of which are really rather good. At £1.49 for the Cantuccini, you are getting a posh biscuit for the price of a digestive…
Most of the Lidl special promotions sell out really quickly so, if you are interested in trying any of the Italiamo range I’d suggest getting yourself down to Lidl first thing on the 16th.
Disclosure: I was sent a hamper of selected Italiamo produce by Lidl. There was no obligation to review and all content is editorially given.