What’s Pecorino Romano? An Italian cheese made with sheep’s milk. Pecora = sheep in Italian!
We love this particular Pecorino Romano, by Sogno Toscano in Italy. It is a truly delightful cheese! It packs less of a punch than some Pecorino Romano cheeses because it is a young cheese — the typical sharpness of Pecorino Romano cheeses increases with age. This one is firm, has light moisture and is less salty, yet it has a rich, full flavor.
This cheese is fantastic with fruit or shaved onto salads. It’s also a great melter, making it great for pasta dishes, such as cacio e pepe a recipe for Stanley Tucci’s favorite Italian dish, spaghetti alla nerano.
Check out our serving suggestions:
Spaghetti alla Nerano with Pecorino Romano
This traditional Italian pasta dish recently got a turn in the limelight thanks to actor Stanley Tucci's show called “Searching for Italy.” Some people like to deep fry their zucchini, but we prefer more of a sauteed approach. This pecorino is young to it is less pungent and salty than others, such as Locatelli. We love it in this dish as it lets the flavor of the pasta and zucchini shine. Serves 4 to 6.
This is widely popular, Old World Italian dish. While the ingredient list is short, the instructions are a little on the long side. You might have to try this dish a time or two to get it just right – especially when it comes to how much pasta water to add – but don’t let that scare you away! Using Monograno Felicetti spaghetti (we used the kamut, an ancient wheat variety), gives the dish an even better flavor than you might find using typical store-bought pasta. Monograno Felicetti is the pasta choice of chefs and foodies around the world. This dish serves about 2.
This dish is traditionally made with pasta, but we used zucchini noodles to introduce a healthier element. Translated, cacio e pepe means cheese and pepper; the dish itself is made from just a handful of simple ingredients: water, noodles, olive oil, cheese and lots of cracked pepper. The starchy water from cooking pasta, or zoodles in this case, mixes with cheese and olive oil to create a simple sauce. Add a little lemon juice, if desired. Serves 2.
Dream of the Mountain Ravioli with Lemony Spring Vegetables & Crumbled Bacon
Our Dream of the Mountain ravioli is a specialty item at Sigona’s – the only place on earth you can find it! The filling is made with a cheese hand-selected and named by our own cheese buyer during a trip to Switzerland, and the ravioli are crafted by local pasta maker Saporito Pasta in Redwood City. This is a delicious way to incorporate spring vegetables to your dinner. Don’t forget to finish the dish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice! Serves 2 to 4.
This dish will fool even the most adamant squash haters. Trust us, we fooled one! There are three different cheeses in this deliciousness, but it’s the butternut squash that adds the amazing orange color. There is just a hint of the truffle oil in every bite, which is as it should be. A little of the oil goes a long way! It would make a fantastic Thanksgiving side dish. Inspired by Monadnock Oil & Vinegar. Serves about 8.
Carmelo Sigona emigrated in 1912 from Sicily, bringing with him the tradition of making his own wine. His grandson and namesake, Carmelo Sigona, co-owner of Sigona's Farmers Market, has fond memories of his grandfather making wine and serving it at family meals on Sundays. After years of wanting to make his own wine just like Grandpa Sigona, present-day Carmelo has finally made his dreams come true. Tune in for more.
Nothing is more rewarding to Rob Sigona, our passionate produce buyer, than taking a road trip to visit one of Sigona's favorite farmers.
About a five hour drive from the Bay Area, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is the town of Springville. There you will find a place seemingly untouched by time; a place called home to orange grower Ron Matik of Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
Since 1984 Ron has grown some of the best heirloom navel oranges in the state, if not the world: the heirloom Washington Navel.
"I have yet to taste an orange that is better than ours,” says Matik. “Maybe some with the same sweetness, but never better.”
And Sigona's agrees!
Heirloom Washington Navels are the variety that got the whole California citrus market booming all those years ago. It takes special attention from the farmer to tend to the soil and the variety to produce such outstanding fruit.
"Small farmers, such as Ron, are a dwindling breed,” says Rob Sigona. “They’re passionate caretakers of the the land that produce exceptional quality; they are the rare gems."
It is an achievement to find such great tasting oranges to bring in for our customers. We are excited to announce we’ll get a load of specially picked and packed heirloom Washington Navels in our store this week, delivered directly from Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
So, come on by Sigona's to enjoy a slice of California’s prized history…for FREE! You can get a bag of free Pleasant Oaks Ranch oranges starting today through March 5th with your coupon when you spend $30 or more in the store.
A Tale of Two Carmelos and their love of Zinfandel