Taste of Sicily’s new consumer-focused venture, Diforti’s (based on their family name) offers a range of high quality, honest Sicilian antipasti, including sundried tomato pesto, juicy olives and plump artichoke.
As a true family business (four generations), Diforti’s is committed to high quality ingredients (you’ll find no preservatives or additives here) and showcase a range of Mediterranean flavours from pesto to pate. Having been shooed away at a trade show for my persistent pesto sampling, I was already a fan and keen to see what other delicacies they had hidden in Italy that I hadn’t tried yet.
The reason why Diforti’s tastes so good is because it’s grown under the wholesome Italian sun where tomatoes are real tomatoes (red and juicy rather than anaemic and sorry-looking) and ingredients aren’t skimped on. The pots are generously packed and a little goes a long way; the sundried tomatoes literally burst with flavour and you only need a couple of those finely chopped in a salad to make a huge difference.
Keeping a couple of Diforti’s pots in your fridge will save you from worrying about last minute meals if you get home late. I returned home late from work one evening only for the shops to be shut. With a very hungry other half on his way home, instructions that ‘we needed to eat healthily’ that night (that ruled out Chinese takeaway) and the daunting realization I had promised to cook dinner, I was wondering whether half a pot of frozen yoghurt would suffice. Then I remembered, this was a boy I was dealing with and he expected a good filling meal. Had I not had a recent delivery of Diforti in the fridge, there would have been HANGER*.
Hello Pesto Pumado, you’ll go perfectly with spaghetti. This is a sundried tomato pesto (nut-free) that’s rich in flavour. There’s little else I needed for this part of the meal aside from a sprinkle of pecorino on top. I topped it off with a couple of slices of Pumado (sundried tomato with cheese and basil), added Carciofu (artichoke) on the side and discovered a couple of still edible slices of parma ham hiding out behind the yoghurt. A veritable meal.
Hunger sated and with Heroes playing in the background on TV, we discussed our meal and our only criticism was that I could have been even more sparing on the pesto pumado as it really does pack a flavoursome punch.
More about Diforti’s
How much? Prices start from £3.50. For example, the olives are £3.50, the carciofu is £4, the sun dried tomatoes are £4 and the sundried tomato pesto is £4.50
Where from: From March you’ll be able to stock up on your favourite Italian deli items at www.diforti.com and at selected delicatessens and farm shops across the UK.
Why buy? Their antipasti pots are perfect for parties or when you need to whip up a quick meal. One of their mottos on their packaging is ‘food is a social thing’ and whilst I’m not good at sharing (never take me out for tapas), it does feel good to be able to have these to offer to guests.
*Hunger + angriness = hanger (a very unpleasant and volatile state of being that affects both men, women and little children)