This Christmas, Carluccio’s have hand-picked a selection of gifts, created by Italian producers they know and love.
IL MASSIMO (£75) – A statement blue box brimming with a wonderful array of Carluccio’s treats – a bottle of Prosecco, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Porcini Mushroom Sauce, Wild Boar Ragu, Chocolate Coated Clementines, Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Stars, Umbrian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a Panettone Milano.
Carluccio’s Gift Boxes
Packaged and tied with ribbon, there are plenty of gift boxes all ready to go.
THE BEST OF PIEMONTE (£35) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A contemporary gift of Barolo and Extra Dark Hazelnut Truffles. The Piemontese take food seriously. Step out of the Barolo zone in the Langhe hills and the grapes grown there can’t take the Barolo name. It’s the same with the Piemonte hazelnuts in Carluccio’s Truffles Ã¢â‚¬â€œ there are strict rules about where, how and when they’re harvested.
OLIO E OLIVE (£19.95) – Taggiasca Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a Wooden Bowl. The olives are only grown in the Ligurian Riviera and you won’t find them anywhere else.
VIN SANTO E CANTUCCI (£25) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Cantucci are baked in the hilltop village of Montalcino to a one hundred-year-old recipe using local honey and almonds, while the grapes for the Vin Santo are grown in the vineyards below.
LUI E LEI (£23.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ No kitchen is complete without this classic combination of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.
PER LA TAVOLA (£19.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œUmbrian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Ceramic Oil Drizzler. The Bartolini family have been making oil for six generations.
IL CACCIATORE (£14.95) – The Hunters’ Trio. Three meaty sauces Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Wild Boar, Hare and Venison. Serve with Pappardelle Pasta or on top of Polenta. Comfort food Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Italian style.
FUNGHI PORCINI (£11.95) – Porcini Mushrooms, Porcini Oil and seven Antonio Carluccio Recipe Cards. Porcini (the king of mushrooms) are highly prized for their flavour.
GIANDUIOTTI GRANDE SELEZIONE (320g, £19.95) – A indulgent selection of five different types of Gianduiotti Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Milk Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, Pistachio White Chocolate, Coffee Hazelnut Chocolate and Chilli Hazelnut Chocolate.
CHOCOLATE CUPS WITH GRAPPA (£14.95) – Pour the Grappa into the Dark Chocolate Cups and serve at the end of the meal. Also available with Limoncello (£14.95).
STELLINE DI CIOCCOLATO (550g, £11.95) – Milk Chocolate Stars with a soft hazelnut centre Ã¢â‚¬â€œ beautifully packaged and a perennial favourite.
PANETTONE TRADIZIONALE (1kg £16.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ An award-winning alternative to the traditional Christmas cake. The bakers in Piemonte only make Carluccio’s Panettone from September to December, which is why it is only stocked at Christmas! A chocolate version is also available (1KG, £16.95).
PANETTONE ALLA CREMA DI PROSECCO (900g, £19.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œNew for this year; a regional twist on an Italian favourite. Venetian producers mix local prosecco with a light custard, before piping it into the Panettone for a decadent treat.
PANDORO (750g, £16.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This star-shaped’golden bread’ means that Christmas is coming in Italy! Shake icing sugar (bag included) over the top and cut into star shapes to serve.
PANDOLCE (350g, £10.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This’sweet bread’ originates from a 200-year-old Genovese family pasticceria and features candied fruits, pine nuts, orange flower water and fennel seeds.
It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without
CLEMENTE IN CAMICIA (200g, £12.95; 300g, £17.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Two layers of dark chocolate cover these juicy clementine pieces.
ALBERO DI NATALE (200g, £9.95) – Individually hand-decorated Milk, White and Dark Chocolate Trees for children and adults alike.
BACI DI DAMA (300g, £7.95; 875g, £19.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Each’lady’s kiss’ is put together by hand in Piemonte Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a delicious mix of butter, hazelnuts and chocolate.
CONFETTURA DI NATALE (345g, £5.95) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ New this year, this delicious spiced jam is made with berries, orange and a hint of cinnamon.