Tomatoes

Product History

Pomodoro, the iconic sauce made from red tomatoes, is a staple of many Italian pasta and pizza recipes. But did you know that pomodoro sauce is relatively new on the Italian food scene? First cultivated by the ancient Aztecs, tomatoes originated from South America. The fruit was foreign to Italian dining culture until its arrival to Europe in the 16th century. But even then, tomatoes were considered a taboo ingredient.

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Olive Oil

Product History

A pantry staple and a classic symbol of Italian food, olive oil comes in many varieties and is most commonly used to dress salad, pasta and pizza and as a cooking agent. Olive oil’s signature ingredient is, of course, the olive, which grows on trees that are plentiful throughout Italy, with southern Italy, including the Mediterranean basin, producing about 80 percent of the country’s total harvest.

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Pasta

Product History

Pasta is the quintessential Italian comfort food, as ubiquitous as pizza or tomato paste. A descendant of Asian noodles, pasta arrived in the Mediterranean thousands of years ago by way of Arabic nomads. Although pasta did not originate from Italy, the Italians were the first to popularise it as a main dish. From bowties and ravioli to penne and gnocchi, there are hundreds of different dried pasta shapes in Italy today, each with its own regional history.

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