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How to create the perfect dining experience at home

Emily Shaw

Italians believe that food should be enjoyed and celebrated through the connection of family and friends. A meal should quite simply never be rushed. Our busy schedules can sometimes interfere with this idea, but it’s important to savour the moment, switch off after a long day and enjoy an indulgent dinner. Considering socialising is off the cards for now, it’s nice to have something to look forward to in the evenings, and making a few changes to your evening routine could ultimately elevate your overall sense of happiness. Here are some small changes you can try in order to transform...

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A Guide To Drinking Coffee In Italy

Emily Shaw

We’re Italian, which means we love coffee. It’s just as much part of our culture as a delicious pasta dish - which is why we’ve created two special blends for you to try. But before you do, get to know the basics of Italian coffee culture - from the absence of the ‘take-away’ to regional specialities. Never drink a cappuccino after 11am Traditionally, Italians will never drink a milky coffee after 11am. Why? Because milk is thought to be too heavy to drink in the afternoon or after a meal. And if you think about how filling a cappuccino or latte can...

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A perfect recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day

Emily Shaw

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our date night options aren’t quite the same this year. While candle-lit restaurants are off the table, it’s time to get creative.  After all, the tradition was born from adversity. It’s said that Valentine, a Roman priest who served during the third century, performed secret marriage ceremonies against the Emperor’s orders - he believed it made his soldiers weak and unfit for battle. There are several origin stories about Valentine’s Day, but they all have one thing in common: a kind and romantic figure who acted to preserve love against all odds. Just because you...

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The ultimate guide to Italy’s most loved cheeses

Emily Shaw

Italians love cheese. In fact, Italy has the largest variety of cheese in the world, with over 2,500 traditional kinds. Many of these hold protected status which means their authentic production, unique recipes and traditional names can’t be meddled with by other countries. Many towns have been crafting world-famous cheese for centuries. For example, communities in the Aosta Valley first produced their renowned Fontina cheese in the 12th century. Now awarded protected status, this semi-soft cheese must always be made authentically, using unpasteurized milk from a single milking. At Scarpetta, we use plenty of classic Italian cheeses in our recipes....

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The History of Pasta

Emily Shaw

The origin of pasta really depends on your definition. The ancient Etruscans, who were around from about 900BC, combined and cooked a combination of cereal, grain and water to make a paste. Some consider that an extremely basic form of pasta. However, if we think about the delicious dishes we enjoy today, it’s best to jump forward a few centuries.  As with most long-existing foods, there are a few stories about pasta's origin. A common story, but one that’s been debunked, dates pasta back to the 13th century and Marco Polo. The myth says that Polo travelled back to Italy...

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Fresh Pasta Meal Kits: What’s On The Menu?

Emily Shaw

Scarpetta fresh pasta meal kits are ready to shop now. Choose from a menu of authentic, indulgent dishes - all ready to eat in 5 minutes.

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A guide to nduja: an authentically Italian recipe

Emily Shaw

Discover how nduja is made, learn about its rich history and why it's the perfect accompaniment to pasta.

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The history of Italian Negroni and how to make one

Emily Shaw

The Negroni is a classic Italian Aperitivo, a drink designed specifically to whet the appetite. Find out about the drink's history and how to make the perfect traditional Negroni.

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How to make a true Italian Carbonara

Emily Shaw

How do you make a true Italian carbonara? Explore the carbonara's history and how to make an authentically Roman pasta dish.

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