Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods

Apples

March 20, 2019 No Comments

Today I was inspired by a visit to the JerzyBoyz apple stand at Seattle’s University District Farmer’s Market. JerzyBoys are considered one of the premier organic apple growers in Washington State, yet until now I had missed out on the bounty of their apple crop. I was drawn to their stand by the diversity of […]

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Truffle & Salt

March 20, 2019 No Comments

  The beginnings of the first commercially produced Truffle Salt go back to the spring of 2004. Even though Ritrovo had only been in operation for about five years, owners Ron Post and Ilyse Rathet had already become well known for the care, quality and integrity of the products they imported from Italy. They had […]

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Ultimate Simplicity: Passata di Verdure

March 20, 2019 No Comments

On our most recent trip to Italy we had a surprising “ritrovamento” or re-finding. It was one of Italy’s classic, simple, healthy, and most under appreciated dishes: passata di verdure. We were served this as a primo or first plate at Osteria Garibaldi, in Cervia. Their version of this peasant classic made with potatoes, pureed […]

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Ceremony and Spectacle in NYC

March 20, 2019 No Comments

  We’re changing it up this time. Since it was his first Fancy Food Show, we asked our General Manager, Joe Flaherty to give us his impressions of working the show, and receiving the 2015 sofi Award for Outstanding Vinegar. This was my first time attending the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC. I have […]

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A Visit to Fara San Martino

March 20, 2019 No Comments

While visiting Abruzzo last month, it was with great eagerness that we visited the production facility of one of our newest suppliers, Bioalimenta. Accompanied by our friend and buyer Alycia Oh of Gourmet Food Solutions, we climbed up winding roads to the pastificio. At the wheel, our guide Samuele (a food scientist for Bioalimenta) pointed […]

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The Fruits of Our Labor

March 20, 2019 No Comments

Our journeys to Italy are always much anticipated. We embark with a mixture of small and varied projects to complete, and a desire to “re-find” the smells, tastes and feeling of the “real Italy”. To re-find the places and people who inspired and motivated us to start Ritrovo over 15 years ago. These journeys allow us […]

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A Favorite Recipe to End the Year and Begin the New

March 20, 2019 No Comments

  Here is a recipe that we have fallen in love with this early winter. It is simple, pretty, and a great vegetable base which you can drizzle with new 2014 Ritrovo Extra Virgin Olive Oils and finish with any of our many salts or savory condiments. We developed this recipe while cooking dinner one […]

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Ponte Lungo

March 20, 2019 No Comments

For nearly 20 years we have traveled the Italian countryside to meet and work with our farmers and producers. Such customary excursions often occur in the autumn, when we share harvest duties while working directly with artisan members of the RItrovo® network. It is incredibly gratifying to make these visits. We always look forward to […]

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Notes From the Harvest

March 20, 2019 No Comments

Nature has been a bit rough on large parts of Italy this year, and there have been decreased harvests of some of our favorite raw materials – particularly olives for olive oil. A rainy spring, which knocked out Dr. Pescia’s Acacia and Chestnut honey harvest, continued into a cloudy and rainy summer that brought little […]

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Working With Nature

March 20, 2019 No Comments

These days it seems that it is commonplace, if not ubiquitous, to see foods touted as “all natural”.  Taken literally, we accept and understand that they contain ingredients that come directly from nature. Nonetheless, in these times of genetically modified, laboratory created, high fructose-laden, molecularly manipulated foods, most of us in the food world know […]

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