Category Archives: Italy

Do You Enjoy Fine, Imported Foods & Confections?

Do You Enjoy Fine, Imported Foods & Confections?

Do you enjoy partaking in delicious, fine, imported foods & confections?  Well we do too & now we have a nice selection of these products available for your home or to give as gifts, to a well deserving person!

It has been a work in progress, but the retail area at Joe’s Pasta House is open! Come in and choose from a selection of incredible Olive Oils, Olives, Asparagus, Cookies & more.

Among the Olive Oils you will find several Roland offerings as well as the buttery, organic olive oil of McEvoy Ranch.   Now, McEvoy does hail out of California, not oversees; but it is an agriculturally responsible ranch that uses a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Maurino, Leccio del Corno and Coratina Italian Olives to make their oil & it is just sumptuous!

Organic Olive Oil

McEvoy Organic Olive Oil at  Joe’s Pasta House

Olive Oil

Roland Olive Oils available at Joe’s Pasta House

While choosing which olive oil you would like best you will also have a choice of Italian & Greek Olives, French Salts & Mustard, Pasta, White Asparagus, Garlic Stuffed Olives & mmmmm, Organic Balsamic Vinegar!  But wait, we have more on the way… like dipping oils!

Olives

Roland Garlic Stuffed Spanish Olives

Asparagus

Roland White Asparagus

Dijon Mustard, Sea Salt & French Sea Salt

Roland Organic Grained Dijon Mustard, Grey Sea Salt & Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt

This is all sounds great, but what about for those who have an eternal sweet tooth? We have you covered too!  How would you like some Rolled Gaufrettes, a variety of Tartlettes or Amaretti Cookies?  Remember to pick up a San Pellegrino & Aqua Panna to wash it all down!

Cookies, Tartlettes

Roland Lemon Tartlettes & Strawberry Tartlettes

Is there something you would like but don’t see here or anywhere you look in New Mexico?  Let us know the product you are missing & we will be happy to do our best to find it for you!

Bon Appétit!

Southern Italy, Northern Italy & yes, Central Italy – There is a Difference in the Regional Cuisines.

Are you, your family or ancestors from Southern or Northern Italy?  Than it is likely you know the cuisine of these regions, while may having similarities, are also very different.  There are many “regions” in Italy, generally cuisine is divided into two – Northern or Southern… but there is also Central Italy!  The food in all three areas bring something unique to the dining table.

Map of Italy

Map: 3 Main Regions of Italy

Let’s start in the North where you are likely to dine on meals that are rich & creamy along with stuffed meats & pastas; Parmigiano-Reggiano may well be the most popular cheese.  The Ligurian coastal section of north-west Italy boast fish (baccala), like Cod.

In contrast, Southern Italy is known for it’s tomatoes  – cooked in a sauce or served fresh; as well as peppers, olives, olive oil, garlic, Ricotta cheese, eggplants, zucchini & fish, like Tuna or Sardines.  As you can see, Southern Italy has had a great influence on American Italian fare.  For all you Pizza lover’s out there… it hails from Naples, also part of Southern Italy.

Organic Black Eggplant

Organic Eggplant in our Garden at Home.

Zucchini Squash

Organic Zucchini fresh from our garden.

Do you hear Italians mention Central Italy often?  Honestly, I don’t think I have ever heard that once!  Traditional Central Italian cuisine uses ingredients such as tomatoes, all kinds of meat, fish, and pecorino cheese.  In Tuscany and Ubria, pasta is usually served alla carrettiera (a tomato sauce spiked with peperoncini hot peppers).

As you can see by our menu; we offer a dining experience that is influenced by all the above, in addition to the induced Italian American dishes that came from our ancestors when they moved to United States. Comment below & share with us which style of cuisine you like best… or maybe like us, you enjoy it all!

Penne Baked

Baked Penne