Our favorite foods and recipe inspiration from Italy – Mangia Bene!

We’re celebrating the flavorful foods of Italy with Italian-inspired recipes, tips, and features on some of our favorite Italian products.

Here are a few Italian favorites and the stories behind what makes them so special. Come in soon and see what La Bella Vita is all about!

italian artisan pasta

1The Fresh Market Artisan Pasta

Crafted in Umbria from high quality durum wheat grown on a 6th generation family farm, this delicacy comes from a 150-year family enterprise. The bronze-die cut texture helps the pasta cook evenly and hold sauce. Unlike some commercial pasta producers that use high heat to speed up the drying process to as little as one hour; our pasta is dried slowly at low temperatures for 36 hours, creating a deliciously lush texture when cooked. Taste the difference with our recipe for Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta below, featuring The Fresh Market Artisan Linguine.


2The Fresh Market 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This delicate unfiltered olive oil is crafted from olives grown on a 6th generation family farm in the mountainous terrain of Umbria. Each olive is hand-picked to avoid damaging the fruit, and cold pressed to make a mild, fruity olive oil. We recommend this oil for everyday use – the flavor makes a great base for salad dressings, sautéing and dips, and tastes wonderful drizzled over roasted vegetables.


3The Fresh Market Sparkling Italian Mineral Water

Our mineral water comes from a natural spring enjoyed by Italians since ancient Roman times. In the Northern Appenine Mountains, melted snow and rainwater course deep underground where the water is filtered and purified through layers of rock. Through this natural process, the water picks up healthful minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and bicarbonates which have been shown to aid in digestion when enjoyed with a meal.

Early spring is the ideal time to begin—or continue—a love affair with artichokes. Believed to be a native of the Mediterranean, far more artichokes are grown in Italy than any other country. The edible flower of a thistle-like plant, the artichoke is a favorite of Italian chefs because it’s as versatile as it is delicious. You can enjoy fresh artichokes boiled, steamed, roasted, and even grilled.

Rather not fuss with fresh? Jarred artichokes are a great alternative and work wonderfully with our recipe for Skillet Charred Artichokes.

grilled artichoke with balsamic mustard sauce
Grilled Artichokes with Balsamic Mustard Sauce
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Skillet Charred Artichokes
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mushroom stuffed artichokes
Mushroom Stuffed Artichokes
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