A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to review a Nonna Box. I didn’t know what it was, so I went to the company’s website and checked it out. Once I discovered that it is a subscription service for gourmet Italian food, I said, “Yes!”
Shortly after to agreeing to review a box, I got my first package in the mail. (See the photo above.) It was wrapped in a beautiful blue paper and marked FRAGILE. I had forgotten about the package when it arrive and was intrigued at what I had in my hands. I started removing the paper and then it was clear to me:
I opened the box and found the contents carefully wrapped and packaged.
Inside were cards with information about a nonna (Italian grandmother), some of nonna’s favorite recipes, information and history behind a region in Italy, and cards about the different products that are included in the box.
In this particular box were the following items:
- Artichoke Spread – made with artichokes from Puglia (did you know that Italy is the largest producer of artichokes in the world?). The artichokes used in this spread are mixed with extra virgin olive oil produced by De Carlo, one of Puglia’s oldest olive oil mills (dating back to the 1600s).
- Sun Kissed Cherry Tomatoes – these little tomatoes are produced organically and processed within 24 hours of harvesting. They are preserved in extra virgin olive oil along with salt and spices.
- Bella di Cerignola Olives – large, meaty olives preserved in a brine of water, salt and fennel. These olives carry the status of DOP (a protected designation of origin), meaning that they are traditionally and entirely manufactured within a specific region.
- Olive Oil Taralli – ring-shaped crackers whose orgins date back to the 1400s. These crackers are made with simple ingredients (flour, olive oil, wine, and fennel seeds) and are enjoyed as a snack much like popcorn or potato chips.
- Orecchiette di Farina Arsa – petal-shaped pasta made from flour, water and salt and made by hand by Pugliese women.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – this bottle was small-batch made from olives made from the region of Terra di Bari and is able to claim DOP status.
Reading through the descriptions, I felt like I was being transported to a beautiful, culturally rich region. It was nice reading about the history of the area and facts about the products. The cards are printed on nice card stock in full color and are written really well.
More About Nonna Box
Nonna Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers 6 hand-selected authentic Italian products and recipes to your door for $69.95. I found it to be a really nice little box and especially enjoyed the well written cards. I am looking forward to trying the recipe that was included in my box for Orecchiette Con Rucola e Pomodoro – orecchiette with arugula and tomato.
We search our Nonnas’ recipes for the most delicious & authentic Italian foods. Then we carefully find suppliers who still make those foods the traditional way – the way our Nonnas do.
The founder, Guido Pedreilli explains why he started Nonna Box:
I started Nonna Box with the idea of promoting authentic Italian cuisine traditions. Italy’s cuisine is so diverse region by region, influenced by geography and the kinds of products the land produces, as well as by the different rulers that have passed through Italy over the centuries. These influences mixed up with the local products make Italian cuisine different region by region. Not everyone knows that (the majority of people know Italian food mainly as pasta and pizza), so I wanted to give people an opportunity to discover authentic regional tradition through Nonna Box, and, of course, who better to explain this than a local nonna? Each month we feature a different Italian region through 6 of their most traditional products, and a local nonna from the featured region, who shares her 3 favorite recipes, some of which use the products that come in the box.