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The truth about dried pasta. Nonna approves.

Fresh is a word used more than ever these days and for good reason—who doesn't like fresh? When it comes to fresh pasta we’ve witnessed through movies and elaborate stories on the food channel, a few simple ingredients skillfully and lovingly transformed into perfection by someone’s Nonna (grandmother). Always from scratch, often working on a wooden table with a golden light streaming throug…

The Ins and Outs of Citrus

A squeeze of lemon or lime can transform the mundane into the miraculously bright and fresh. A creamy avocado becomes addictive guacamole, a fish fillet flips on the plate and cocktails simply come alive. But there’s so much more to citrus than the fresh juice. Here are some of our favorite ways to get the most out of delicious lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges. Keep in mind that you should i…

Oakwood Roasted Coffee

We strive to find producers with a passion for creating the best of Italy for your table. We were lucky enough to find the perfect coffee right in our neighborhood from the Di Ruocco family. Their coffee is an homage to the classic flavors of old world Italy refined for today’s tastes. When Carlo Di Ruocco immigrated from Italy to California, there was one thing in particular he missed fro…

Garlic - Head and Cloves Above

Garlic is a gift to any meal you put together. Simply rubbing a cut clove on a piece of toasted Italian bread and topping it with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and a sprig of basil is enough to make anyone swoon. Hmm. We might have to make that for lunch today. What’s most important is that you get the most out of your garlic so here’s a variety of tips we’ve learned that we hope you’ll find helpful…