ITALIAN GOURMET GIVEAWAY // win a ciao gusto hamper, worth £100!

Ciao Gusto giveaway

Years ago my cousin and I spent three weeks travelling through Italy.

We had the best time, eating and drinking lemoncello, and eating and seeing the sights, and eating and attempting to speak Italian. Did I mention we did a lot of eating? 

That trip ignited a passion in me for all things Italian: I was infatuated with the sights and sounds and people, but – most of all – I utterly fell in love with Italian food. I’d never tasted anything so simple, yet so packed with flavour – fresh seafood gently flavoured with onion and garlic, pasta in a simple sage and butter sauce, and pizza – oh, the pizzas! 

We quickly learned that less was more – a classic Margherita, with salsa di pomodoro (tomato sauce), formaggio (cheese) and fresh basilico (basil) – had more flavour packed into every slice than ‘UK pizzas’ that came laden with toppings. It made me appreciate the artistry of traditional Italian cooking even more. 

Since then I’ve been obsessed with authentic Italian fare… wood-fired pizzas, insalata tri-colore (tomato, mozzarella, basil), gnocchi drizzled with pesto… which always taste better when you have genuine ingredients.

Ciao Gusto – which translates to ‘Hello Taste’ – is part of ITALIA DEL GUSTO. An alliance of over 30 family owned or cooperative Italian food and wine companies, Italia del Gusto is bringing the local food industry to an international audience with a range of iconic products, and bringing them to life with a selection of traditional recipes.

Unfortunately, jaunts to Italy aren’t so easy to arrange these days (sigh), so I was thrilled when Ciao Gusto got in touch to ask if I’d like to sample some of their range. A hamper of gourmet goodies arrived laden with cheeses and cured meats, olive oil and pasta, and even a bottle of Pinot Grigio. I was in was in foodie heaven.

I was even more excited to discover Ocado (who we do our weekly shop with) now has a dedicated range of Ciao Gusto products that can be purchased alongside your regular online shopping, and delivered straight to your door.

You can choose from hundreds of products; some of my absolute favourites include a toasted panini filled with Auricchio provolone cheese, Negroni salami and some Ponti artichokes (also delicious layered on a pizza base, with some Italian tomato sauce, and some Auricchio buffalo mozarella; yum!).

For a sweet treat, I adore Fabbri Amarena wild cherries in syrup, which I team with Valsoia soya ice cream (completely dairy free  but JUST as creamy a delicious as regular ice cream).

If you’re drooling just thinking about it, I’ve got some some ‘favoloso’ news for you – I’m giving away a luxury hamper crammed full of Ciao Gusto goodies, and worth £100! (actual items may differ slightly from those in the photo, depending on availability).

To enter, simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts and cross your fingers. Good luck! 

(T&C’s: ends 23.59, 26/5/17, UK only, over 18’s only, 1 x Ciao Gusto Italian hamper worth £100 (exact contents may differ from photo, depending on availability). Not transferable, winner and promoter’s details available on request. Prize sent directly from Ciao Gusto, promoter (Mummy’s Little Monkey) is not responsible for prizes lost or damaged in transit.)

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  1. Hazel Grant - May 11, 2017 reply

    Would live to win this Gorgeous Hamperv-❤️everything Italian!

  2. Lyn bennett - May 12, 2017 reply

    This hamper looks so yummy! yes pleaseeee! X

  3. judy kennedy - May 15, 2017 reply

    I have just defrosted my fridge freezer and eaten everything so I am ready for a delicious refill. Pizza being my favourite and although I make my own dough (can’t seem to get the ready made bases locally) I can see a jar of my favourite topping ‘atrichokes’.

  4. This looks just scrumptious, good luck everyone 😀

  5. Catherine Furness - May 21, 2017 reply

    This hamper looks delicious x

  6. Im a big lover of italian food.

  7. Petra Hora - May 25, 2017 reply

    Amazing prize!

  8. Katherine Holman - May 25, 2017 reply

    What a great prize. So much to win

  9. Charlotte Bell - May 26, 2017 reply

    This looks yummy! I love cooking Italian Cuisine, perfect for this sunny weather we’ve got too!

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