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2nd June 2010

BENVENUTO AL MARCATO ITALIANO!.........................................

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People visiting Ross-on-Wye Town Centre will be able to experience a taste of Italia on Friday, 11th June as Piazza’s Real Italian Food Market visits the town, bringing with it some of the more exotic aromas and flavours of Italy.

To mark and promote the occasion, the Association of Ross Traders (A.R.T.) are all ready busy telling their regular customers and visitors about the forthcoming visit. Local author, Lindsey Wildsmith will also be helping to get people into the Italian spirit by holding two pasta making demonstrations at the Cookshop on the Thursday before, as well as a cookery demonstration at the Market House on the Friday, followed by a book signing at Rossiter books. Truffles Delicatessen will be marking the occasion by providing Italian wine and food tasting all week,while many of the town's café's, such as Pots & Pieces will be putting Italian specials on their menus to mark the day, so there will be a lot going on in town on Friday, 11th June.

See below for some of the delights the Italian Market will have to offer and we will see you there...

The Italian Market coming to Ross on Friday, 11th June.

Stalls will include:

Cheeses, Cured Meats, Herbs & Pasta A variety of cheeses, such as the famous Parmesan cheese and Gorgonzola. Goat's, sheep and cow’s milk, alpine or mountain, fresh or mature cheeses are all on offer. If you are not sure then ask to taste it! Cured Meats range from the classic Parma Ham, to the smooth Beef Bresaola Valtellina. Meats also include Salame, Pancetta, Roast Ham, Mortadella and Wild Boar Meats. Many other products are also available, which are made with either 100% beef or 100% pork. A wide range of pasta such as Spiral Pasta, Extra long Black and Chilli Pepper Spaghetti, Tricolore Pasta and many more other types of diverse pastas will be on sale. In addition all kinds of traditional Italian Herbs will be on sale, such as for Bruschetta, Mediterranean Pesto, Herbs for Grilled Foods, Chilli Herbs and many more.

Olives and Sott’Olii
Olives of the finest quality which include olives from Sicily, Liguria and Napoli such as the mix Antipasto of Olives & Pecorino Cheese, Olives which have been hand-stuffed with Almonds, Capers Garlic & Anchovies and many more mixed with Herbs and Spices will be on offer. Marinated Artichokes in Olive Oil, Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil and a variety of grilled Vegetables will also be on sale.

Biscotti e Dolci
Biscuits, cakes and pastries of the finest quality which include fine classic Dolci Pasticciera, such as the Sicilian Cannoli, different types of Chocolate snacks & other fine biscuits & cakes. Different flavoured Crackers, a classic Italian Savoury snack which can be eaten on it’s own or with dips and cheeses of your choice, giant sized Breadsticks and Olive or Rosemary breadsticks are all on sale.

Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars
Olive Oils from different regions of Italy, including Sicily, Sardegna & Puglia. They can be used for doing “soffritto”, on salads or as dips with Ciabatta Bread. Aromatic Oil also on sale including Chilli, Rpsemary & Garlic Oils. A wonderful selection of fine Balsamic Vinegars, both young and mature, also on sale. Stop off at this stall and try each and every kind of Oil or Vinegar before you buy.

Torrone e Cioccolata
Torrone is the famous nougat cake first made on 25 Ocober 1441 in the village of Torrazzo, near Cremona, for a royal wedding reception. Since then this fantastic product has beecome famous all over the world. It’s best described as soft Nougart & now comes in many flavours. We have over 40 different flavours available which are all Gluten Free! Some of the flavours include Pistacchio, Limoncello, Tiramisu and Fruit Salad. Chocolate drinks also in many flavours, chocolate cakes of different types, all available. Why not ask for a sample!

Hot foods are available at the Italian Market.

Arancini: Rice balls with various fillings such as Spinach, Cheese and Ham. These are best described as pear shaped balls of rice coated in breadcrumbs with the various fillings. These can be warmed up and eaten immediately or may be taken home and warmed up in the oven. This is a classic Sicilian speciality and are all hand made.

Calzone Pizza: Classic Italian savoury snack ready hot or cold. This is a pastry folded in two with various fillings such as Mozarella and Spinach. These are either served hot or eaten immediately or may be taken home and warmed up in the oven.

Salsiccia Italiana: Fresh Italian Sausages prepared on a griddle and served in a bread roll with onions. This product is 100% pork.

Speciality Breads
A fine choice of Speciality breads. These include the famous Focaccia, plain and with herbs and the traditional Ciabatta bread which is traditionally used for dipping in Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar or for making Panini and Focaccia bread with goats cheese and red onions, just to name a few.

Subject to change and availability.

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