About Crosta & Mollica
Crosta & Mollica make a range of bread products inspired by the traditional street foods of Northern Italy and made with extra virgin olive oil as opposed to traditional fats.
My Review of Crosta & Mollica
Given that I come from Italian stock, at least on one side of the family, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to try Crosta & Mollica’s wide range of piada (flat breads) and bread based nibbles. Italian food is easily my favorite meal choice but I’ve never been a fan of olives so I was interested to see how the olive oil improved the texture and flavor of the piadas.
I wanted to make the most of the Crosta & Mollica nibbles so I decided that a picnic was in order. This would have been our first picnic in our new house as we only moved in last August and Baby was hot on our heels. Unfortunately the weather gods were not on my side as the glorious weather of a week ago melted away leaving more traditional British rain in it’s wake. Still, not to be put off I decided we would have a very British indoor picnic instead.
The main course of our indoor picnic was piadas, a traditional flatbread from the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy. Unlike normal flat breads which are rolled, these are heated in a pan and then folded in half around their filling creating a pasty shaped sandwich. The Crosta & Mollica piadas, which come in both original white and wholemeal, are lighter and fluffier than your average flat bread, a characteristic which is apparently due to the fact that they are made with olive oil. They are also very aromatic with a hint of olive oil in their taste. Our sandwich filling of choice for the picnic was chicken and salad which took on a completely new taste when eaten with the piada. While I loved the texture of these flat breads and enjoyed my sandwich, I think that someone who specifically likes olive oil would enjoy the piada far more.
Along with the piada flat breads we also snacked our way through a selection of Crosta & Mollica bread products. All of the bread nibbles were made with olive oil meaning they all had a distinctive flavor and aroma. Among the different nibbles we tried were crunchy and aromatic oregano crostini, which were a little like large crunchy croutons. Sesame baguettini which were a type of tasty bread stick. Taralini flavored with fennel, which had a powerful flavor and pretzel like crunch. And our stand out favorite, the linguette stretched flatbread which came in original or rosemary flavour and were a perfect combination of light and fluffy with a cracker snap. These were delicious with cheese as the slightly salty flavor was a perfect marriage.
If you love olives and olive oil and want a product that really does give you the Italian taste experience then Crosta & Mollica are the product for you. I doubt you will find anything as authentic with out hopping on a plane.
If you would like to try Crosta & Mollica’s traditional Italian piadas you can find them in Waitrose, Tesco or Morrisons priced at £1.79