Mambo Italiano Update: Now With Gusto!

While we were creating a boxed set of must-have ingredients for cooking Italian dishes, our minds kept drifting back to Rosemary Clooney’s 1955 hit song, Mambo Italiano.  (It’s a whimsical song about dancing the mambo, and eating Italian food, natch).  When it came time to give that Italian ingredient set a name, Rosemary inspired us again:  we’ve christened this fab box MAMBO ITALIANO!

We’ve been singing that catchy song again lately (“Hey, mambo! Mambo Italiano!”), because we’ve updated AllSpice Mambo Italiano boxed set of Italian Flavors updated recently with a few new additions (more on that in a minute).

But don’t worry: this boxed set has all the classic elements you need to turn any “everyday” dish into a Mediterranean masterpiece:

AllSpice_Mambo_Italiano_gift_boxMambo Italiano, in a little more detail:

Garlic has been cultivated for so long, that it is impossible to determine precisely its place of origin. Garlic is essential in the robust cookery of the Mediterranean, and our granulated garlic powder makes smooth garlic butters for toasted breads and delicious marinades.<br><br>

Made with basil, fennel seed, garlic, onion, season salt and black pepper, Gusto Pizza Co’s special seasoning blend adds vibrant Italian flavor to sauces, sandwiches, spreads, and (of course) pizza.

Our Italian Seasoning Blend will put you in mind of your favorite little Italian place, the neighborhood joint that is the standard to which all other Italian restaurants have to “measure up.”  Use Italian Blend Seasoning to season fish, poultry, meat, or to make a salad dressing or olive oil for dipping bread — anywhere you want a taste of the Mediterranean.

The essence of Tuscan cuisine is simplicity: legumes, bread, cheese, vegetables, mushrooms and fresh fruit. And, of course, olive oil. Our Tuscan Herb olive oil captures the flavor – and the philosophy – of Tuscan cooking.

Finally, a package of rotini (pasta imported from Italy by Des Moines’ own Graziano Bros) rounds out the Mambo Italiano boxed set.

The Mambo Italiano gift box makes a great “starter set” ($26) for the young cook who wants to start making his own pasta sauces, garlic bread, salad dressings, and grill marinades. This set also is a fantastic “shortcut in a box,” easily dressing up sauce from a jar [gasp!] and adding flavor to store-bought lasagna. Never fear: your secret is safe with us.

Just open a bottle of Pinot [Noir or Grigio, whatever you like], put the Rosemary Clooney records on the hi-fi, and sing while you cook:
“Hey mambo, don’t wanna tarantella
Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella”
e Buon Appetito!