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Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 7 years)
Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 7 years) Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 7 years)
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"Acquerello is the Rolls Royce of rice." - Alain Ducasse

"Acquerello is one of the very last authentic products." - Frédy Girardet

We are the only direct to consumer retailer of the 7 year aged Acquerello Carnaroli rice. All the rest of this rare and fabulous product goes straight to prestigious restaurants around the world!

One of the key points to perfection is the aging process. To age properly, the freshly harvested crop must be stored, as long as possible, in unique steel silos at a constant controlled temperature, because during this period the starch, combined with the oxygen, optimizes its culinary characteristics.

Acquerello is the rice grown, aged, whitened, and packed in Italy on the Colombara farm by the Rondolino family.

It is the ultimate rice: first the unhusked rough rice is aged to perfection for at least seven years, then it is whitened slowly using "The Helix" where grains rub gently one against the other, and finally it is restored with its most precious element, the embryo or germ. This re-enrichment of the refined rice with its germ restores the most valuable nutrients of brown rice.

Known as the "king" or the "caviar" of Italian rices, Carnaroli is the preferred risotto rice in most regions of Italy. Acquerello Carnaroli rice is classified as "Extra rice" for its quality. In order to preserve its characteristics perfectly, Acquerello rice is vacuum sealed in unique enameled tins.

Carnaroli rice keeps its shape better than other forms of rice during the slow cooking required for making risotto. For instance, Arborio rice is widely available, and sometimes suggested, for risotto. We are not fans of Arborio for risotto. Compared to Arborio, Carnaroli rice has a smaller grain size, and higher starch content. This means Carnaroli can absorb larger amounts of liquid, and thus flavor, from the wine and broth, without overcooking. So your risotto is more flavorful when you use Carnaroli rice. Also, the higher starch content in Carnaroli rice guarantees an ultra-creamy texture that is the hallmark of a superior risotto.

Acquerello's grains stay perfectly intact, absorb flavors exceptionally well, do not bind together, and do not lose starch, proteins, or vitamins. Therefore your risotto is fully consistent, tasty, creamy, and not sticky. Acquerello risotto will always be outstanding.

Acquerello is used in the finest restaurants around the world:

  • The French Laundry, USA (Thomas Keller)
  • Osteria Francescana, Italy (Massimo Bottura)
  • Troisgros, France (Michael Troisgros)
  • The Fat Duck, England (Heston Blumenthal)

The Carnaroli rice cultivated at Colombara, being the only variety sown since 1997, is 100% pure and therefore produces uncontaminated Carnaroli seeds.

Once you have tried it, you will never look back!

Click here for risotto recipes!

500 gram (1.1 pound) metal tin (about 6 servings)

Price: $29.95 Quantity

Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year)
Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year) Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year)
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"Acquerello is the Rolls Royce of rice." - Alain Ducasse

"Acquerello is one of the very last authentic products." - Frédy Girardet

Acquerello is the rice grown, aged, whitened, and packed in Italy on the Colombara farm by the Rondolino family.

It is the ultimate rice: first the unhusked rough rice is aged to perfection for at least one year, then it is whitened slowly using "The Helix" where grains rub gently one against the other, and finally it is restored with its most precious element, the embryo or germ. This re-enrichment of the refined rice with its germ restores the most valuable nutrients of brown rice.

Known as the "king" or the "caviar" of Italian rices, Carnaroli is the preferred risotto rice in most regions of Italy. Acquerello Carnaroli rice is classified as "Extra rice" for its quality. In order to preserve its characteristics perfectly, Acquerello rice is vacuum sealed in unique enameled tins.

Carnaroli rice keeps its shape better than other forms of rice during the slow cooking required for making risotto. For instance, Arborio rice is widely available, and sometimes suggested, for risotto. We are not fans of Arborio for risotto. Compared to Arborio, Carnaroli rice has a smaller grain size, and higher starch content. This means Carnaroli can absorb larger amounts of liquid, and thus flavor, from the wine and broth, without overcooking. So your risotto is more flavorful when you use Carnaroli rice. Also, the higher starch content in Carnaroli rice guarantees an ultra-creamy texture that is the hallmark of a superior risotto.

Acquerello's grains stay perfectly intact, absorb flavors exceptionally well, do not bind together, and do not lose starch, proteins, or vitamins. Therefore your risotto is fully consistent, tasty, creamy, and not sticky. Acquerello risotto will always be outstanding.

Acquerello is used in the finest restaurants around the world:

  • The French Laundry, USA (Thomas Keller)
  • Osteria Francescana, Italy (Massimo Bottura)
  • Troisgros, France (Michael Troisgros)
  • The Fat Duck, England (Heston Blumenthal)

The Carnaroli rice cultivated at Colombara, being the only variety sown since 1997, is 100% pure and therefore produces uncontaminated Carnaroli seeds.

Once you have tried it, you will never look back!

Click here for risotto recipes!

500 gram (1.1 pound) metal tin (about 6 servings)

Price: $16.75 Quantity

Santo Tomas D.O. Bomba Rice (500 gram)
Santo Tomas D.O. Bomba Rice (500 gram) Santo Tomas D.O. Bomba Rice (500 gram)
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The production of Bomba rice is limited as it is very delicate and hard to grow. Its size is equivalent to that of short grain rice, sometimes even smaller, yet Bomba rice more than doubles its size when it is cooked. Its main characteristics are its great capacity to absorb flavors and aromas, and that when cooked it is always “al dente”, loose, and whole; it is never sticky, mushy, or fluffy.

It is the preferred rice for paellas!

Certified origin (Denominacion de Origen a.k.a. "D.O.") from the L’Albufera nature preserve in Valencia, Spain.

1.1 pound (500 gram; approximately 6.2 cups) bag

Price: $14.95 Quantity

Chestnut Ruffle Pasta Signorine alle Castagne (Organic)
Chestnut Ruffle Pasta "Signorine alle Castagne" (Organic) Chestnut Ruffle Pasta "Signorine alle Castagne" (Organic)
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Chestnut flour is a classic in the Ligurian Hills and is considered a defining product on the Mediterranean coast of Italy. La Bella has combined this traditional flour with a ruffled flat short pasta in a tribute to the history of food in Liguria. These short, flat ruffles are meant to look like the ruffled collars of "signorine" of Liguria. You can combine this wonderful pasta with kale and pine nuts for a modern and healthy pasta dish, or make a brown butter, sage sauce, and top with strips of proscuitto.

Ingredients: Organic durum wheat semolina, organic chestnut flour (25%)

250 gram (8.8 ounce) box

Price: $16.50
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Polenta Rustica (Fior di Maiella)
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Corn flour polenta is popular in northern Italy. In recent years, many farmers have brought back heirloom corn varietals such as Pignoletto, Ostenga, Ottofile, and others. These unique varietals are used in our Ritrovo Selections coarse-ground organic slow-cook polenta. They give added flavor to polenta dishes and are non-GMO. Serve with braised meats, grilled vegetables, as polenta incatenata with beans, vegetables, grated cheese and extra virgin olive oil, or slice thinly as a base for cold dishes.

Make some of these recipes:

500 gram (1.1 pound) sealed bag

Price: $12.95 Quantity

Bread Basket Red & White (Jean Vier)
Bread Basket: Red & White (Jean Vier) Be the first one to write a review

The spirit of the Basque people is most evident in the vibrant colors and patterns woven into their linen. For the past thirty years, Jean Vier has created fabrics based on these patterns from 100% natural cotton and flax. The resulting linen is elegant, long lasting, and the highest quality. Delightful to the touch and beautiful to behold, Jean Vier linen is a perfect addition to any kitchen or dinner table.

The universal designs, and timeless elegance, suit any home interior.

Drawing on a weaving tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, Jean Vier produces both historical and contemporary versions of distinctive fabrics. They're unique in their legendary color resistance: Soak new linens overnight in cold water, and those vivid hues won't fade even after multiple washes.

This woven red and white bread basket features a removable base full of cherry pits, that when warmed, will keep your bread and muffins deliciously warm. The basket will add a nice pop of color to your table and will add life to your meal. Made from 50% linen and 50% cotton, this basket makes for a functional fashion statement.

One Bread Basket: 5" x 7"

Price: $56.00 Quantity

Bread Basket Blue & White (Jean Vier)
Bread Basket: Blue & White (Jean Vier) Be the first one to write a review

The spirit of the Basque people is most evident in the vibrant colors and patterns woven into their linen. For the past thirty years, Jean Vier has created fabrics based on these patterns from 100% natural cotton and flax. The resulting linen is elegant, long lasting, and the highest quality. Delightful to the touch and beautiful to behold, Jean Vier linen is a perfect addition to any kitchen or dinner table.

The universal designs, and timeless elegance, suit any home interior.

Drawing on a weaving tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, Jean Vier produces both historical and contemporary versions of distinctive fabrics. They're unique in their legendary color resistance: Soak new linens overnight in cold water, and those vivid hues won't fade even after multiple washes.

This woven blue and white bread basket features a removable base full of cherry pits, that when warmed, will keep your bread and muffins deliciously warm. The basket will add a nice pop of color to your table and will add life to your meal. Made from 50% linen and 50% cotton, this basket makes for a functional fashion statement.

One Bread Basket: 5" x 7"

Price: $56.00 Quantity

WuWanWo Soy Sauce (Rich)
WuWanWo Soy Sauce (Rich) WuWanWo Soy Sauce (Rich)
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WuWanWo means "forget me not", an apt name for a product with unique origins and an unforgettable flavor. WuWanWo is a collaborative effort between Piranske Soline and Taiwanese soy sauce makers. They weave their centuries-old traditions together to create a soy sauce with a sweet, oceanic aroma, and meaty taste.

This precious sauce is produced using only indigenous black soybeans, Piranske Soline sea salt from the Piran Salt Pans in Slovenia (a very famous salt source), brown sugar, and natural seasonings. This soy sauce is produced with absolutely no preservatives and it uses all non-GMO ingredients. Its balanced yet complex flavor is achieved through a 180 day natural fermentation in traditional terra cotta pots. The sauce is simply extracted from the pots and bottled.

It is an excellent umami foundation for marinades and salad dressings, and it will elevate your dishes to new heights your taste buds have never imagined!

This "Rich" soy sauce is characterized by bold, meaty flavors. Try it with stir-fried vegetables, rice, steamed fish, seafood, stewed or grilled meats, and in barbecue sauces and glazes.

This was featured in "The Rosengarten Report" where he said:

"...it is extraordinary! Also made with non-GMO black soybeans, no wheat, and a 180-day fermentation, it is simply one of the most complex soy sauces I’ve ever tasted. The flavors are umami from not just Slovenia, but maybe even Mars (including an incredible blast of mushroom-like intensity). It’s very, very salty (as if to emphasize the Slovenian connection), but it finishes in the mouth with a lovely roundness. I love it for crudo: I buy me some very fresh fish, slice it sashimi-style, and gloss it lightly with Hei-Jin and extra virgin olive oil. Of course, feel free to use it in high-level Chinese and Japanese cooking as well.”

Note they have lowered the salt content a bit since that review, and now the labels say "light salt" in order to reflect the new formulation which is, to us, even better.

  • Gluten Free
  • No coloring
  • No preservatives

250 milliliter glass bottle

Price: $56.25
On Sale! $50.00
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WuWanWo Soy Sauce (Harmonious)
WuWanWo Soy Sauce (Harmonious) WuWanWo Soy Sauce (Harmonious)
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WuWanWo means "forget me not", an apt name for a product with unique origins and an unforgettable flavor. WuWanWo is a collaborative effort between Piranske Soline and Taiwanese soy sauce makers. They weave their centuries-old traditions together to create a soy sauce with a sweet, oceanic aroma, and meaty taste.

This precious sauce is produced using only indigenous black soybeans, Piranske Soline sea salt from the Piran Salt Pans in Slovenia (a very famous salt source), brown sugar, and natural seasonings. This soy sauce is produced with absolutely no preservatives and it uses all non-GMO ingredients. Its balanced yet complex flavor is achieved through a 180 day natural fermentation in traditional terra cotta pots. The sauce is simply extracted from the pots and bottled.

It is an excellent umami foundation for marinades and salad dressings, and it elevates sashimi, sushi, spring rolls, tempura, dumplings and other light dishes to new heights your taste buds have never imagined.

This "Harmonious" soy sauce is characterized by a balanced, meaty flavor. Try it with sashimi, sushi, spring rolls, tempura, or dumplings, in marinades and salad dressings, and other light dishes.

This was featured in "The Rosengarten Report" where he said:

"...it is extraordinary! Also made with non-GMO black soybeans, no wheat, and a 180-day fermentation, it is simply one of the most complex soy sauces I’ve ever tasted. The flavors are umami from not just Slovenia, but maybe even Mars (including an incredible blast of mushroom-like intensity). It’s very, very salty (as if to emphasize the Slovenian connection), but it finishes in the mouth with a lovely roundness. I love it for crudo: I buy me some very fresh fish, slice it sashimi-style, and gloss it lightly with Hei-Jin and extra virgin olive oil. Of course, feel free to use it in high-level Chinese and Japanese cooking as well.”

Note they have lowered the salt content a bit since that review, and now the labels say "light salt" in order to reflect the new formulation which is, to us, even better.

  • Gluten Free
  • No coloring
  • No preservatives

250 milliliter glass bottle

Price: $56.25
On Sale! $50.00
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Pinoli 100% Italian Pine Nuts
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These are the only certified 100% Italian Pine Nuts in the USA. They even go through customs with their own certificate of authenticity.

To find these gems Ritrovo scoured Italy, eliminating from consideration any pine nuts that might be blended from Turkish or Greek sources, and completely shying away from the oilier, more rounded and petite, central Asian and Chinese nuts which can cause "pine mouth". They found a certified 100% Italian source of pine nuts, our great friends Nicola DeLaurentiis and his wife Paola at Casina Rossa. We are happy to be able to offer them to you. Enjoy!

Two of our favorite Pinoli Recipes:

1.76 ounces per jar net weight; about 1/3 cup

Price: $19.75
On Sale! $17.95
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