Italian Olive Oil and Spices from around the world
Longino & Cardenal has a wide selection of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, seasonings and spices to make your dishes unique, giving an exotic touch to each one. Since cooking is a real art, ingredients are the key to create a special artwork. When using condiments and spices, you have to mix them in order to enhance all the aromas and create the perfect balance of flavors.
In our online shop, you'll find the best olive oil directly from Sicily, the original balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce made only using fresh tomatoes, dressings and Italian honey. These are perfect as a must-have in the kitchen and as gifts for friends and family, who will appreciate living an authentic Italian food experience.
Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar are the basic ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which is more than a diet: it is a lifestyle. Extra virgin olive oil is recognized as a high quality oil, it is known to be as the "elixir of life" coming from Italy. Every Italian household and even every Italian restaurant can boast a very high quality olive oil.
Using olive oil in the kitchen is quite simple, you either use olive oil for stir-frying, pan-frying or baking your meal, or you use olive oil as a dressing once the meal is cooked, to enhance all the flavors. Longino has selected two typologies of olive oil: from Sicily and from Umbria. Both are EVO oil, an acronym for extra virgin olive oil. This special organic oil is obtained from the pressing of olives, picked while still on the tree. The process of extracting the oil is completely natural. No chemical additives of any kind are used, unlike virgin olive oil.
The traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is the best you can find, the most delicious on the market. Longino online shop proposes the Bonini vinegar, it is made by a company that follows all the principles for making an authentic balsamic vinegar and it is based in Emilia Romagna. Balsamic vinegar is a special seasoning matured in wooden barrels and made only of high quality grape must, without any caramel or wine vinegar. You can use balsamic vinegar for making a healthy salad dressing or even adding an Italian touch to your steak.
The authentic and traditional Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce is that key ingredient in Italian cuisine to make a dish unique and with a true Italian flavor. Longino website has selected only the best producers on the market, high quality tomato sauce for everyday meals. Making homemade tomato sauce is quite easy, but having a bottled version of the best tomato sauce is a very different experience. Since the tomatoes are super fresh when the sauce is made, the final product is a delicious ingredient for making tasty spaghetti with tomato sauce.
The tomato sauce available on our website is produced in Sicily and it is the basic ingredient for everyday simple recipes or even more complicated. Fresh tomatoes, salt, evo oil and basil: nothing more for a perfect sweet tomato sauce recipe. Since tomato sauce is a very versatile ingredient, you can bring your creativity to life and experiment with different flavor combinations from eggplants with tomato sauce to gnocchi with tomato and cheese, try tomato sauce with ricotta for the perfect mix of Italian ingredients.
Italian Honey: from breakfast to dinner
Honey is a very useful ingredient for all meals of the day, a gourmet touch. Having breakfast with a cup of tea and a teaspoon of wild honey, or using honey for glazing roasted meat for dinner will become your favorite food experiences.
Longino's website has selected a great variety of Italian honey coming from Northern Italy, in Trentino, in the Alps. So many typologies of honey for a wide variety of uses, the sweetest or the most characteristics, the choice is yours.
It's very hard to decide which one is the best flower honey because each one gives a special boost to a specific dish. Orange, coriander, forest, linden, sunflower and wildflower: so many options to stock in the kitchen. Organize a party with cheese boards and honey pairing and your guests will appreciate.
Crystal Sea Salt, a completely different taste for your meat
Smoked salt, Maldon salt, or salt of various colors, all unique and hard-to-find products are available in Longino's online shop for your gourmet corner in your kitchen.
Maldon salt is a sea salt crystals that allows you to salt your dishes in the right way. It can be used for grilled meats, just a pinch of Maldon salt is enough to enhance the flavor of your recipe. Maldon is still harvested by hand, produced by a small family business, known for its flavor and quality, sought after by wellness-conscious people from foodies around the world.
In Longino & Cardenal's online shop you will find Maldon salt in both 125 g and 250 g formats, perfect for the home kitchen. The smoked crystal sea salt is obtained by exposing the salt to smoke from English wooden barrels. This method will result in two effects: darkening the color and giving coffee, hazelnut and roasted aromas! Maldon sea salt is special because the crystals are so delicate that they crumble easily between the fingers and taste completely different from the common salt. Maldon has a delicate flavor and it is free from chemicals and the strong taste of common salt.
How to spice up your dishes: spices and gourmet condiments
The most important thing when cooking is creating the perfect mix of spices and condiments to enhance all flavors. Longino online shop proposes a wide selection for your exotic recipes such as the Spanish saffron that is and excellent product.
Saffron is famous for the Italian risotto alla Milanese. An ounce of saffron makes your dish unique. Saffron is one of the spices that best embodies the motto "Rare and Precious Foods". Madagascar bourbon vanilla is perfect for flavoring sweet recipes. Smoked paprika is suitable for many preparations in cooking, especially for making a rub for BBQ grilled meat.
To bring essences to the tables, Longino & Cardenal turned to award-winning chef Massimiliano Alajmo of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant "Le Calandre" in Rubano. The chef, with the help of master perfumer Lorenzo Dante Ferro, created a line of the purest essential oils. They can be used with great ease and precision on so many dishes and cocktails. These essences help to enhance the overall flavor of the dish. Nut oils and nut butter are a great alternative to olive oil when cooking something that needs a more delicate flavor or for making special desserts.