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“Inside the Italian Kitchen” Book Launch

November 1, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Well  we are pleased to report that the recipe book “Inside the Italian kitchen” co- written by  Marco Roccasalvo and Anne Kennedy has well and truly been “launched”. The evening was a thorough success, and in true Marco style he managed to prepare a lovely array of Italian food. No Italian event is without a wheel of fresh parmesan, and naturally this was provided along with proscuito, salami, mozzarella and fresh seafood and vegetable dishes.    

The gourmet foods were washed down with the selection of wines provided by “A taste of Italy”, the wine list selected for the evening, included a sparkling Falanghina by Cantina del Taburno, Greco by Cantina del Taburno and a super Tuscan by Brancaia.

Now all that is required is to give the recipe’s “a go”  I have no doubt I will continue to enjoy his lovely food. The book will be available for sale from “A Taste of Italy”

Inez O’Shea
“A taste of Italy”


Recipe for the week!!!

August 30, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Champagne Rice!!!                                                 


This is a recipe for the ladies!! So Gentelmen if you’re wishing to make a good impression, keep this recipe in mind!!


1 lt of  vegetable stock
1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan                                                   
1/4 onion
2 handlfuls of risotto per person
3-4 tablespoons of butter
1.5 cups of Prosecco or Champagne
(This recipe is for 4 people)

Dice the onion and brown with a tablespoon of butter.  At the same time heat up the stock so its hot but not boiling. Add the rice to and stir for a few seconds,using a wood spoon so that it is a little crunchy. Keep the heat low, and now add one glass of champagne. Wait until the rice has abosorbed the champagne and with a ladle add 1 ladle of stock, continue to stir the rice until again it has been absorbed, repeat this process for about 20 mintues or so until you can see that the rice is a thick consistency and if you try a small amount on a spoon, it should be soft!! Just before its ready, add 1 cup of parmesan, half a glass of champagne, and a good dollp of butter, and continue to stir!!
Serve in a bowl, and if you wish add some cracked pepper and a little more parmesan on top.

Enjoy with the remaining champage, but once this has finished, you could move onto a good glass of Greco. Greco, by Cantina Tabourno is from Campania, near Napoli!! Its a step up from the light crisp Prosecco and for me I prefer to enjoy with the rice as I find that with all the different flavours of the risotto, a wine with a bit of body really adds to it and seems to accentuate all of the different flavours not only in the rice but also in the wine as well!!
Greco by Cantina Tabourno, is medium bodied.  You will notice hints of almonds, this is due to the volcanic soil.  The aroma’s are of lemons and tropical fruits.  To drink its FULL of flavour yet suprisingly smooth, it is refreshing and quite crisp, with the predmoninant flavours being of  lemons, pears and toasted almonds!!

Greco comes from a very warm environment, and there are many influences on its flavours. First and formost the Volcanic soil of Campania really changes the taste of the wine, it gives the wine the mineral notes which it is extremely famous for. Then of course being right on the sea it has the influences of the fresh sea breezes and not to forget the intense  sun of Napoli. With all of these elements combined a spectacular white wine has been born!

I hope you enjoy the meal and my recommendations!!

Enjoy!!Inez O’Shea
” A taste of Italy”


“Credo” Wine and Pizza tasting

June 28, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Royalty Free RF Clipart Illustration Of A 3d Chef Henry Character Serving A Pizza Pie Version 1 by Julos“Credo” is a new up and coming take away pizza shop in Dublin, they are situatied very close to St Stephens Green and are the first take away shop in Ireland which can deliver pizza and wine together, so when you ring up to order your pizza, not only can you order the pizza but a bottle of wine to go with it!! “Credo” prides itself on its genuine Italian pizza, with all Italian staff trained in pizza making. The pizza’s are about 10 steps up from a fast food pizza as the dough is made by hand and the ingredients are fresh and of a very good quality, not only this but it is very reasonably priced!!

 This week kicking off from Tuesday the 29th of June “Credo” will begin a week of wine tasting showcasing all of the wines which they stock.  The agenda for the week is as follows
Tuesday the 29th – 
-Cortese Divino, by Produttori Del Gavi 2009
-Greco, by Cantina del Taburno 2009
– Valpolicella Ripasso, by Le Tobele 2008

Wednesday 30th
– San Vincenzo, by Anselmi 2009 (A taste of Italy)
– Chianti Colli Senesi, by Salchetto 2008  (A taste of Italy)
– Dolcetto d’Alba, by Sandrone 2008  (A taste of Italy)

Thursday 1st
-Aglianico, by Koine 2008 (Wicklow Wines)
-Prosecco, by Viticolturi Ponte (Wicklow Wines)
-Merlot and Nero D’Avola, by Lunate 2008  (Wicklow Wines)
-San Giovese, by Piane di Maggio 2008 (Wicklow Wines)

Friday 2nd July
– All of the above wines including
-Amarone Della Valpolicella, by Lo Tobele 2006  (A taste of Italy)

The music will be pumping and the pizza and wine flowing, so it will be a great opportunity to enjoy a bit of wine and pizza after work and a really good opportunity to to try a variety of wines so when you do order a pizza you know exactly what wine you would like to go with it!!

The wine tasting is from 5:00-7:00pm on Montague st (off Lower Camden st). 
Look forward to seeing you all there!!

Inez O’Shea – A taste of Italy