The Recipes of Romagna: Ciambella Romagnola Donut

Easy, traditional recipes selected by Nona to complement our wine

The recipe of the day today is the Ciambella Romagnola Donut, which is the most common and appreciated dessert in Romagna. This would make a great companion to a glass of our white wines, such as pigno.

Ingredients for 6 people:

Preparation Time: 35 minutes.

  • 500 gr. Made with flour;
  • Nr. 3 large eggs;
  • 250 gr. Sugar + 30 gr. in grain; -150 gr. Of butter;
  • Nr. 1 grated lemon;
  • Nr. 1⁄2 small glass of anise;
  • Nr. 1 vanillin;
  • Nr. 1 sachet of baking powder; – Nr. 1 pinch of salt;
  • Enough milk.


  1. On the cutting board make the fountain with flour and on the edges put a pinch of salt.
  2. In the centre put the remaining ingredients.
  3. Knead well: if necessary, use a little milk until a soft / sticky dough is obtained.
  4. Arrange the dough in a baking pan, previously greased and floured, brown the surface (by brush)
  5. With egg yolk, add the granulated sugar and put in the oven at 180 ° for about 20 minutes.

An easy to follow infographic guiding you through the process.


The Garden Of Italy perfect wine to match the Bistrowineman Recipe for Cornish Soused Mackerel

Bistro chef

It was a delight and honour when friend Stephen Barrett, bistrowineman, wine educator and writer, popped in to catch up with our Development Director’s studio kitchen in the South Hams, in Devon.

Bringing along with him some fresh mackerel, he prepared a modern version of Soused Mackerel, using an ancient method of cooking and preserving fish. Stephen mentioned that it was the Cornish method to preserve fish.

Lucy George-Foster, (from the) Garden Of Italy team selected a delicious and invigorating bottle of wine Rubicone Chardonnay – Diverso, as a great match with its fresh fruit notes to enhance this full flavoured dish.

Cornish Soused Mackerel

A great starter or summer lunch time dish

The recipe consisted of 50 half water and, instead of using malt vinegar, use cider vinegar for the other half which adds a brilliant fruity taste to the dish.  Add fresh chunky vegetables placed around the fish, celery, banana shallots, carrots, lemon, and a small amount of  freshly grated ginger to give it a little kick, black pepper and salt.  Place some foil over the top of the prepared dish and place in the oven for 25mins on a medium heat, Gas 5.

When the dish is completed take it out of the oven, take away the foil, leave it to calm down and let  it cool. You will find it sets because of the bones inside the Mackerel, which will produce a lovely stock whilst chilling.

Serving Suggestion

The lovely vegetables make a wonderful pickled salad , pop a slice of the mackerel on top and pour a little bit of the pickled sauce.

Serve with fresh crusty bread.

GOI perfect wine Rubicone Chardonnay – Diverso

Presented in a uniquely designed and stylish bottle

The Diverso Chardonnay, produced in the Cesena Foothills of Romagna Region, near the Adriatic sea in Italy. The 100% Chardonnay, aged in steel casks, 13.5 % has enough big fruit and delicate acidity as its hallmark, with its abundance of fresh acidity to match this recipe, or Asian and other spicey dishes. Don’t serve it too cold, around 10-12 Celsius. Its full fruit crushed white ripe fruit, peached nectarines, white pepper spice, is utterly delicious with a citric note.  This wine will stand up to full flavour dishes, and as an ideal stand -alone aperitif.


A quick, authentic Italian dish

If you want to surprise your diners with an unusual first course, Today prepare this Tagliatelle seasoned with fragrant cannellini beans, bitter-rosemary-flavoured rosemary, raw prosciutto with strong-flavoured strips, celery, shallots and carrots.


TIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Combine the dish with a bottle of Garden Of Italy, delicious premium Italian red wine from Montaia; it will make the perfect lunch.
INGREDIENT for 4 People:
– Egg noodles gr. 350;
– Cannellini beans already marinated gr. 100;
– A stalk of celery;
-2 carrots;
-1 Shallot;
-1 bay leaf;
– Raw Prosciutto gr. 80;
– A sprig of rosemary;
– Olive oil and salt, as required.
Wash and cut the vegetables into pieces, pour the cannellini beans in a saucepan, add the vegetables and the bay leaf, cover with water, salt and bring to a boil.
Then lower the heat and cook for 2 hours, skimming from time to time.
Reduce the ham into strips, place it in a pan with a drizzle of oil, add the cannellini beans and a drop of their cooking water and brown for 5 minutes, until the water has completely evaporated, cook the
tagliatelle in salted water, drain when al dente and transfer them to the pan with the cannellini beans, add a pinch of salt, bring to the heat and cook for a few minutes.
Then place in a serving dish and flavour with rosemary.

Getting Ready For “After Work Taste Of Italy Showcase”

The directors of the Garden Of Italy and Kettle Shed, are excited to be teaming up with Theo Randall and his brigade who will be creating delicious canapes to pair up with the sumptuous authentic premium Italian wine presented by the Garden of Italy. We are a family owned importer, of wines that represent the heart and spirit of Emilia Romagna province near the Adriatic Sea, in Northern Part of Italy. The wine is harvested and produced by small family owned vineyards where the emphasis is upon quality, distinctive and stylish wines and not volume. The prestigious range of red, white and sparkling wine is exclusively sold online, to hotels, restaurants and wine merchants across the UK.

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A Harvest At The Montaia Vineyard

Our wines are from a hidden gem in Italy, not far from the enchanting fishing port of Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast. As an independent and family-owned and run vineyard, Montaia is typical of the small producers of this region where quality is far more important than the volume of the mass producers. It is vineyards like this that we at The Garden of Italy are proud to promote and where we look to support to ensure not only that they continue to thrive but also protect the wine-producing heritage of the region for future generations.

The Garden Of Italy is delighted to bring the wines from the Montaia vineyard direct to your table. The estate lies in the hills outside Cesena and just a few miles inland from the Adriatic shores. With a constant sea breeze, the microclimate is ideal for wine growing. Set within twenty-five hectares and comprising some six thousand five hundred vines per hectare, the vines are constantly tendered by Monteria’s agronomist which yield grapes of the finest quality.

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New Wine On The Block


It’s always an exciting thing for a wine writer to experience the emergence of a “New on-line Wine Company” this time emerging from our own City of Plymouth. Lucy George Foster known to many in the city as a PR Gru, Copywriter and great supporter of business in Plymouth has taken the (wine) plunge and along with business colleagues has created the on – line company Garden of Italy.

This will be the (on-line) vehicle to offer quality wines, initially from Bologna, followed by regional Italian produce initially to complement the wines. The process of creating this new business has been near to 12 months in creating. Along with her business colleagues they have financial and internet skills in truck-loads and along with Lucy’s marketing know-how are set to introduce the ever inquisitive wine world to a modern style of wines from the beautiful Italian region of Emilia Romagna.

I can vouch for the wines the great dishes, environs, towns and villages of Bologna (Emilia Romagna) as in late 2018 I had the privilege of visiting and tasting their exceptional wines including Sangiovese (rosso) and Albana (bianco) wines of great diversity and undoubted quality.

Lucy and her colleagues have chosen this region to kick-off their fledgling company and are now ready to sell through their website. Offering this diverse range incorporates exploring modern wines from what was perhaps perceived as one of the more traditional (wine) regions in Italy.

You noticed in my previous sentences I mentioned the grape (and wine) Sangiovese? This is an ancient and wonderful grape better known as the major component of Chianti. Sangiovese from Romagna is an altogether different beast as the varying soils, influence from the Adriatic plus a modern approach to wine making and vineyard management produce some wonderful examples often with a delightful “light touch”.

Albana is an ancient white grape bestowed the privilege of being Italy’s first white grape to be awarded the prestigious DOGC stamp of authenticity. I found an extraordinary range of styles from dry to dessert all elaborated and presented with style and imagination.

Internationally known grapes such as Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are also offered for purchasing with the identifying appellation of Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IGP), meaning quality grapes are used but not from the better known DOC and DOGC wine appellations.

The website is ready to accept orders via www.gardenofitaly.co.uk with clear directions on how to purchase etc.

The wines offered are all sumptuously liveried and presented with an ultra – modern twist and will stand out as wines of distinction.

Montaia Prosecco Extra Dry DOC – from the Veneto – £65.95 for Six bottles plus P & P Deliciously dry with a defined apple and citrus note.

Montalia PG Pignoletto – DOC – Vino Frizzante – £62.50 plus P & P Offering big citrus noses and taste, gentle and great with alfresco dishes.

Montaia Pinot Bianco PG IGP – 2017 – £59.95 plus P & P Refreshingly aromatic and dry with a precise stone fruit note palate teaser. Try with shellfish.

Montaia Chardonnay Diverso IGP – 2017 – £59.95 plus P & P With modern temperature controlled wine making evident this green-tinged Chardonnay is “whistle clean” providing an excellent wine with homemade Seafood Risotto!

Montaia Cabernet Sauvignon Cubera IGP – 2017 £59.95 plus P & P With no trace of oak this fresh, red fruited Cab Sav is a modern distinctive 13.5% easy sipping Rosso. Match with strong – soft cheeses or your favourite Lasagna!

Montaia Sangiovese Vese DOP – 2017 £59.95 plus P & P Elaborated in Stainless Steel then finished in Barriques for 6 months the quality shines. Decant for best results and serve with hearty casseroles.

Montaia Sangiovese Superiore Sangio DOP 2017 £65.99 plus P & P After fermentation the Sangio is interned for between 12/15 months in Barriques after which it delivers a floral complexity on the nose followed by a cherry – scent over a vanilla note and fine tannins to the finish. Keep for a couple of years to benefit its classical complexity.

Montaia Zresa Sangiovese – Merlot IGP 2017 £53.59 plus P & P A juicy blend of Cherry scented Sangiovese and plumy even spicy Merlot is a casual stylistic wine with instant accessibility. Great with Grilled Leg of Lamb, Rosemary, sea salt and garlic.

Montaia Sangiovese Superiore Riserva – DOP 2015 £83.90 plus P & P With three years in wood this Riserva is a classy drop. Decant for best results to experience and tame the acidity that is Sangiovese. Juicy rare beef would be perfect!

This beautifully – presented range of wines are a great start for Lucy and Garden of Italy’s foray into quality wine on-line. Wholesale enquiries welcomed. www.gardenofitaly.co.uk Stephen Barrett is a Wine, Food and Travel Writer based in Plymouth.

Stephen welcomes correspondence via www.stephenbarrett.com Find on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram as @bistrowineman

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