An Italian Feast with Bottega!
I love parties. As much as I enjoy dining out, I also love having parties at home. Now don’t let the ‘party’ word stress you out. Parties doesn’t mean you have to slave over the cooking stove for hours and days. You just need to have a plan and get organized.
Here’s where Bottega Mediterranea comes in. Located in Jalan Ceylon, Bottega Mediterranea has been supplying foodies with lots of gourmet delicatessen food since 2011. They are the go-to gourmet food specialist if you love cold cuts and cured meat, cheeses and other imported European products here in the city. I have met owner, a passionate culinary maestro himself, Riccardo Ferrarotti previously in his restaurant and the food served is impeccable.
While one can opt to go over to their shop, most are still unaware that Bottega actually has a home delivery services within Klang Valley for a minimum order of RM100 and above. So when I thought I would have a small get together, I decided to throw an Italian party with some delicious and simple dishes that I could throw together with minimal effort.
Bottega has it all when it comes to European gourmet food. Their home delivery service was efficient as my box arrived as per their confirmed delivery time. All items were nicely packed, with cured, smoked meat and cheeses all nicely packed with coolers to ensure that everything was kept at the right temperature.
A little of everything goes a long way… 100gm of various cheese will feed plenty! Bottega carries premium quality cheeses imported from all over Europe. All these are nicely vacuum-packed to seal in the aroma and taste. In this list includes Parmigiano- Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, Asiago, Fontina, Gorgonzola (yes, I do love my stinky cheeses too!) and Fresh Burrata Mozzarella.
Parmigiano- Reggiano (RM13.82 per 100g)
Pecorino Romano (RM9.61 per 100g)
Asiago (RM9.52 per 100g)
Fontina Vera Aosta (RM13.06 per 100g)
Gorgonzola Galbani (RM8.36 per 100g)
Sapori Coratini Fresh Burrata (RM15.30)
Same goes for cured, smoked and cold meats, a 100gm of various ones is a sure crowd-pleaser. On the yummy list are Parma Ham aged 18 months, Porchetta, Mortadella, Beef Bresaola and Salame. These are just a small fraction of choices available. Head on over to their shop to check out the full list of delicatessen products available.
Parma Ham 18 months (RM17.44 per 100g)
Porchetta (RM9.43 per 100g)
Mortadella (RM7.58 per 100g)
Beef Bresaola (RM17.28 per 100g)
Salame Contadino (RM11.50 per 100g)
Smoked Pancetta (RM9.43 per 100g)
Besides cured and smoked meat and cheeses, Bottega carries pastas, oils, pickles, condiments, wine and more. Basically a one-stop shop for Mediterranean goodies, these premium items are the perfect indulgence.
Pastas, oils and salt are great items to whip up comforting pastas anytime… I enjoy simple pastas laced with beautiful oils and herbs.
Di Mauro Squid Ink Spaghetti (RM15.80)
Cellino Penne (RM5.83)
Biffi Pesto Garlic Free (RM25.40)
Tina Mama Extra Virgin Olive Oil (RM35.51)
White Truffle EVOO (RM23.64)
Italian Cervia Sea Salt (RM15.90)
Besides all the main heavyweights, Bottega also carries various condiments to spice up your meal. Pickled olives, olive tapenade, gherkins, marinated artichokes and more are all yummy sidekicks to go with cured meats and cheeses. These are easy and delicious side dishes that one can serve easily without any hassle.
Biffi Olive Tapenade (RM22.26)
Citres Grilled Green Olives in Sunflower Oil (RM16.96)
Citres Gherkins (RM9.54)
Biffi Figs Jam (RM15.89)
Carcioli Artichokes and White Truffle (RM31.26)
Biffi Maionese (RM12.72)
These Grissini and Crocchini Mini Breadsticks are great with the cheeses and cured meats.
Roberto Grissini Torinesi (RM15.90)
Roberto Crocchini Mignon Mini Breadsticks – Pizza Flavour (RM6.36)
And since I am going Italian, an Italian wine makes sense right? While the adults are enjoying the wines, there’s a little something for my little one. These Italian sodas are refreshing and great thirst-quenchers for little ones as well as us adults too.
Zabu Nero D’avola (RM86.92)
Lemon Italian Soda (RM4.24)
Orange Italian Soda (RM4.24)
Here’s what I did with all my goodies! Put together this Italian feast with minimum efforts, all you need is just some extra fresh ingredients like fruits and vegetables to jazz an unforgettable feast… not only was this party so easy, it looks really impressive with some creative presentation (and like you have been slaving over the stove for hours… wink!).
My Italian Charcuterie Platter and Cheese Platter with marinated Artichokes with Truffle, Pickled Olives, Fig Jam, Olive Tapanade and more…
Bought juicy ripe melon, grapes, tomatoes on vine, strawberries and fresh herbs. Roasted my own red peppers over the stove till the skin blisters and put them in a bag to steam, peel off the skin and season the red peppers with salt, pepper and olive oil. You can also buy these red peppers from Bottega.
The Parma Ham aged 18 months was simply divine! Salty parma ham wrapped with sweet ripe melon is such a simple but heavenly pairing …
The Beef Bresaola was salty and beefy all packed in a thin slice of meat!
Salame, Porchetta and Mortadella was lean and yet tasty. I saved the Smoked Pancetta for pasta for another time…
Made a simple Beetroot Hummus, just because I happen to have beetroot in my fridge. A can of chickpeas (drained), 3 marinated beetroot, sesame paste or Tahini, 2 cloves garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt to season. Process them all together, taste and seasoned again if needed. Bought a loaf of crusty Pide bread and sliced them up to be savored with cheeses and meat. Added some pan-seared sausages.
Cheese Platter served with Grissini and Crocchini Mini Breadsticks. Sliced fresh and creamy Burrata mozzarella with juicy sweet tomatoes was my favorite, followed by the Asiago and Gorgonzola.
Whipped up simple pasta Penne by boiling pasta and adding the Biffi Pesto Garlic Free and finished with generous sprinkling of Parmigiano- Reggiano and fresh basil. With dried pastas, cheese and oils in your store cupboard, one also whipped an easy Aglio Olio pasta with the Squid Ink Pasta or a Truffle Oil Fusiletti pasta with lots of Pecorino Romano cheese. Although I actually planned to make the other pastas, we were too full with all the scrumptious food and so I decided to save them for later.
Coupled with the Italian Zabu Nero D’avola red wine, it was indeed a night of merriment and lots of laughter. Despite me being the host, I really got to enjoy the evening with my foodies simply because everything can be prepared in advance and I left the rest to Bottega Mediterranea!
For Bottega Mediterranea Home Delivery Services, order 1 day ahead at their website. Full listing of products available at www.bottega.my. Payment by COD or Bank Transfer.
Check out their Facebook for promotions as well as their monthly Saturday Mingle event where one can enjoy free flow of fresh cooked Mediterranean dishes with cold cuts, cheeses and glasses of wine for a price. The Saturday Mingle is perfect to relax, meet new friends and enjoy a feast prepared by Bottega Mediterranea!
1A, Jalan Ceylon (Next to Bijan/Nerovivo Restaurant)
50200, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2070 4222
Fax: +6 03-2070 4223
Instagram: @Bottegamy (#bottegamy)
Monday- Friday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am -6:00pmClosed on Sundays and selected Public Holidays