La Befana - An Italian Christmas Tradition!

Originating from the word ‘Epiphany’, “La Befana” is celebrated on the 6th of January. The legend is that on the 12th night of Christmas (January 5th) the Three Wise Men began their journey to find baby Jesus. During their quest they stopped at an old lady's house, asking her if she knew where Jesus may be.
The Three Wise Men asked La Befana to help them find the baby Jesus, but she declined stating that 'she had too much house work to do'. She later changed her mind and went out searching for the Three Wise Men and the little baby Jesus, but was unable to find them.

That was the beginning of the La Befana tradition. From then on, every year on the night of January 5th La Befana travels on her magic broom in search of the baby Jesus. Like Santa she climbed down chimneys and brought candy or fruit to the children who were good and onions or garlic to those who were naughty. Many children would write letters and leave out wine, in hope to get a visit from La Befana.

La Befana is celebrated with traditional Italian foods such as panettone (a Christmas cake) and marks the end of the long and festive holiday season in Italy.

 

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Quartieri

From the region of Campania, our range of Nougat, Confetti and Torroncini are produced by Dolciaria Quartieri. Made according to an authentic recipe, nougat has been enjoyed by Italians as far back as the 15th century.

Perfect with coffee or just to snack on, these sweets bring to your table a small taste of some of Italy’s most iconic foods.

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Tassoni

A family owned company, Tassoni was founded in 1793 and is considered one of Italy's most traditional and respected brands.

Originally operating as a pharamcy, in 1884 Paolo Amadei recognised the versatility of the citron fruit and decided to separate the distillery from the pharmacy. In doing so, Amadei gave life to the dynamic and successful company that Tassoni is today.

Since then, Tassoni has continued to be passed down to the next generation, with each new owner bringing their own inspiration and innovation to the company.

Through looking to the future, while valuing the past, Tassoni have been able to maintain the timeless and impeccable taste of their products.

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La Morosina

The story of La Morosina begins in 1981 when Giuseppe Pasini purchases the Cascina Morosina located in the heart of the Ticino River Natural Park.

While initially the company's main focus was on dairy, in 2010 Giuseppe's nephew, Filippo Ghidoni, shifted La Morosina's focus to beer.

The result was a premium line of beers that have a fresh and fragrant aroma.

The sweetness of the malt highlights the body of the beer while the bitter and aromatic notes of the hops enhances the drinkable character of the beer.

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Scyavuru

Ancient and authentic traditions, love for Sicilian culture and the ancient gastronomic traditions are just some of the flavours kept in the Scyavuru treasure chests.

Scyavuru – Sicilian dialect for “Fragance” - was chosen as the name of this company by the founder Rosario Tortorici. The production of marmalades, jams, and wine jellies reflect the company philosophy to combine recipes from the most ancient gastronomic tradition and the constant search for innovation keeping the traditional Sicilian flavours. The result guarantees a quality rarely found while satisfying the most discerning palates. 

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Leone

Founded in 1857, Pastiglie Leone is recognised around the world for its iconic and sweet taste. The story begins in Alba, Piemonte, with Luigi Leone, who created candies that delighted customers nationwide.

Over 160 years later, Leone candy originals are still made with the same recipe Luigi used when he started the business. From chocolate to candies, these colourful and sweet confectioneries will satisfy any sweet tooth!

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Amarelli

A long history of passion, culture, and traditions deeply rooted in the heart of Rossano, Calabria region.  Since the 16th Century, the Amarelli family has been producing the finest and most recognised liquorice in the world. Amarelli’s products are packaged in handy tin boxes and carton with sophisticated retro designs. 

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Cabrioni

In the 19th century, Antonio Mattei, a pastry chef from Prato, perfected a recipe that became a classic and for which he won many awards in Italy and abroad and a special mention at the International Exposition of Paris in 1867. The “Mattonella” bakery , as it is commonly referred to, is still operating in Prato at the same location and is considered to be the guardian of the cantucci biscuit tradition.

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Antonio Mattei

In the 19th century, Antonio Mattei, a pastry chef from Prato, perfected a recipe that became a classic and for which he won many awards in Italy and abroad and a special mention at the International Exposition of Paris in 1867. The “Mattonella” bakery , as it is commonly referred to, is still operating in Prato at the same location and is considered to be the guardian of the cantucci biscuit tradition.

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Casa Vecchio Mulino

Since 1860 Casa Vecchio Mulino in Carmagnola, Turin, has been making the most traditional and authentic grissini bread sticks by hands. Located in the heart of Piedmont, Casa Vecchio Mulino only use the highest quality 0 wheat flour, water, lard, sea salt, olive oil, and malt extract to create an inimitable breadstick. Wrap them in prosciutto or speck, or use them in for dipping in olive tapenades or extra virgin olive oil.

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