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San Marzano Tomatoes DOP

San Marzano Tomatoes DOP

  San Marzano tomatoes are the most famous plum tomato to come out of Italy. They are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which gives them a sweet flavor and low acidity. It is said that the first¬†seed of this tomato came to Campania in 1770, as a gift […]


Benefits of Olive Oil

A lot of benefits have been associated with olive oil. Olive oil is a monounsaturated oil obtained from the Olea Europaea tree which is found mostly in Asia, the Mediterranean basin, and Africa. Olive oil is extracted by pressing olives ‚Äď a small, oval-shaped bitter fruit with a pit, black when ripe and green when […]


How Food Plays a Big Part in Everyday Italian Lifestyle

Italy is home to one of the richest cultures in the world. With a long history preceding the Renaissance period, one of the prominent features of the Italian lifestyle is the food. Italians place a high premium on their food, and much emphasis is placed on what to eat, how to cook it, and when […]


4 Musicians That Will Bring Italy To Your Dinner Table

When you decide that you’re going to cook Italian, what better way to really infuse yourself in the culture than to experience some authentic music. ¬†We’ve all sat down in your classic Italian restaurant and heard “That’s Amore” and “Tarantella”, but the Italian dinner experience is more than just the stereotypes that Americans have grown […]


From The Desk of John Flora: Be Human

There are times in life that we as human beings have to put aside our differences and come together as one race. Whether it be a difference in political beliefs, race, culture, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status, we as people need to embrace the fact that each and every one of us leaves behind a […]


4 Italian Celebrity Chefs That Will Heat Up Your Kitchen

It’s no secret that the evolution of media outlets coupled with the world’s desire to eat has created a rise in popularity to a variety of talented, familiar faces that people associate with excellence in the culinary world. ¬†Due to the saturation and rise in popularity of TV networks like the¬†Food Network¬†and foodie websites like¬†Epicurious,¬†people […]


Easter In Italy Has No Bunnies And A lot of Rituals

Easter or¬†Pasqua¬†is filled with many different rituals that are not familiar to Americans. ¬†First, there are no bunnies that lay eggs, and the traditions are very sacred throughout the country. ¬†Here’s a breakdown of the Easter weekend from all over the boot that highlights a variety of different rituals and traditions that are practiced by […]


Traditional Italian Dances To Burn Off The Calories After Sunday Dinner

We all know too much of a good thing can weigh you down. ¬†Like that time your grandmother made just enough Italian food to feed half of a Roman legion when only 5 people were at the dinner table. ¬†Sunday dinners are a wonderful experience, but the car ride home can prove to be very […]


Oil and Water: Northern & Southern Italy Are Two Different Worlds Part 2

The world is made up of many different people, personalities and cultures. ¬†Italy in itself is two worlds. ¬†From the previous installment of Oil and Water: Northern & Southern Italy Are Two Different Worlds Part 1,¬†Flora Fine Foods explored the world of Northern Italy and examined the stereotypes and realities behind the difference in culture […]


Oil and Water: Northern & Southern Italy Are Two Different Worlds Part 1

The world is a very small place when you examine how people behave. When one takes a peek at Italy, you would suspect that a country that is 96% Italian and very homogeneous would display very similar behaviors, languages and cultures. ¬†Just like in the United States, geography plays a major part in the distinct […]


Getting to Know Balsamic Vinegar

Most people associate their favorite salad dressing as just a tarty addition of sweet and tangy flavor. ¬†As a condiment to their Arugula salad, people are overlooking the true craftsmanship that goes into balsamic vinegar. Starting as unfermented grape juice, balsamic vinegar is a reduced, cooked and aged for several years to give you that […]


On This Day In Italian History…

On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knight’s Templar, declaring it to be God’s Army. ¬†Pope Honorius II came from very humble beginnings before becoming the most powerful instrument of the Vatican. ¬†Born Lamberto Scannabecchi in Fiagnano near present-day Imola, Italy, he attracted […]