Throughout Piazza Italia, Carfax carries all the delicious smells of the Mediterranean, brought to you by Italia in Piazza, the only Italian market of its kind in the UK.
Cheese: a choice of stunning Italian classics, such as the famous parmesan wheel and gorgonzola dolce as well as typical traditional local cheeses, which include goat’s, sheep’s and cow’s milk cheeses. Many derive from the Alps & from the dolomites. If you are not familiar with any of our cheese then ask to taste it!
Cured meats: range from the classic prosciutto crudo, to the delicate yet distinctive beef bresaola. Our range also includes classic salame from Napoli, pancetta and mortadella with pistachio. All of our cured meats are gluten free!
Pasta: a wide range of innovative pasta includes black squid ink & chilli pepper extra-long spaghettoni. Various types of tricolore pasta and many more other types of diverse pastas will also be on offer. The unique feature of our pasta is the quality of the ingredients and machinery used to make it. It comes from Gargano in Puglia (southern Italy) where they are renowned for producing high quality pasta.
Herbs: In addition many kinds of traditional Italian herbs & spices will be on sale, such as herbs for bruschetta, pesto, herbs for grilling foods as well as many types of chilli herbs and other mouth-watering combinations.
Olives of the finest quality! We have olives hand-stuffed with a variety of fillings such garlic, anchovies and cheese. We also have mix antipasto, marinated olives, grilled black olives and the large green plain olive. Our Olives are hand prepared and carefully selected for quality. Just try one to taste the difference!
Seasonal biscuits, cakes and pastries of the finest quality which include cannoli, crostatine and codine, which look like mini croissants filled with chocolate, lemon, hazelnut or coffee cream. Just pick and mix from our extensive range and indulge in fine Italian sweets this Easter! We also have packets of classics on sale such as amaretti and cantuccci biscotti! Don’t forget to buy one of our Easter cakes, the colomba pasquale. Perfect accompanied with a glass of Prosecco in the evening!
Fine extra virgin olive oils from Puglia, which are all produced from the first cold press. They all have their distinct flavours depending on the type and how they are produced. They can be used for doing “soffritto”, on salads or as dips with breads. Simply try and experience the tastes of one the finest range of extra virgin olive oils Italy has to offer! We have a selection of fine balsamic vinegars, both young and mature, which are all authentic and of a high quality, at very reasonable prices! Stop off at this stall and try each and every kind of oil or vinegar before you buy. Ask for recommendations on how to use the oils or which one is best for you. We also take orders should you wish to buy 10 or 25 year old balsamic or larger quantities of extra virgin olive oils – ask the stall holder for more details.
Torrone is the famous nougat cake first made on 25 Ocober 1441 in the village of Torrazzo, near Cremona, for a royal wedding reception. Since then this fantastic product has become famous all over Italy and beginning to make its name around the world. Soft nougat’s main ingredients are honey, egg-white & nuts and come in over 30 different flavours. Apart from Amaretto and Stracciatella flavours, they are all gluten free!Croccante (brittle), which is caramelised honey and nuts is also available. Different nuts available are hazelnut, almond and walnut.With the drinking chocolate we sell you can indulge in a different type of hot chocolate, the Italian way! Just choose from the range of flavours and prepare with milk for that true taste of Italy! You must try this first. It’s like drinking a chocolate bar!
Hot foods are available at the Italian Market. They normally consist of the following:
Italian 100% Pork Sausage in a ciabattina panino: succulent sausage sliced in half, griddled and served in a small ciabatta with onions. The sausage used is gluten free!
Arancini di Riso: Risotto balls of rice stuffed with various fillings such as ham and cheese, which are a Sicilian speciality from the roots of Palermo. These can be warmed up to be eaten onsite or taken home.
Pizza/Calzone: Folded pizza and/or classic mini pizzas available to eat on the day or to take home. Authentic base and topping ingredients make this pizza a real taste of Italy!
Porchetta: Traditionally from the Rome region of Italy, Porchetta is a traditional Italian way of preparing roast pork. Similar to the hog roast in this country, Porchetta is prepared with herbs and spices and slow roasted to produce one of the finest cooked meats in Italy. Served in slices on a ciabatta panino, not to be missed!
Crostate Salate: These are typical from southern Italy. Puff pastry slice filled with savoury flavours such as ham, montasio cheese, spinach and ricotta. A great light bite best eaten cold! Look out for the different types on offer!
We have a fantastic selection of speciality Italian breads on sale. These include the famous focaccia, the traditional ciabatta and the pagnotta, which is a traditional country loaf. All the breads are baked in England but have been carefully selected to bring you a true Italian flavour. No flour improvers are used and all breads are baked on each morning of each market so make sure you buy your bread early to avoid disappointment!
The most popular liqueur in Italy, and becoming that way here in England, is Limoncello. This fine lemon liquor is made from the zest of juicy lemons which are grow in southern Italy. Limoncello is becoming more and more popular as an after dinner drink and in many cooking recipes across europe so why not treat yourself to a bottle or two this Easter!
We will also have Grappa available for those enthusiasts of fine Italian liquor! This is the Italian people’s favourite liquor and is a classic after dinner digestive or extremely common as an addition to espresso, making the coffee “corretto” which means correct, or in other words, the correct way to drink coffee!