For all the umami-lovers out there, this rigatoni alla silana spice blend from Tutto Calabria is for you. With earthy dried mushrooms, eggplant, onions, garlic, and parsley, it will transport you straight to Calabria's historic mountain region of La Sila. You'd be hard-pressed to find a menu not offering pasta "alla silana" there—it’s a time-honored favorite. With this convenient blend of traditional flavorings, all you need to add is a packet of pasta and a can of tomatoes for a flavorful meal in minutes.
Calabria is the home of big, bold flavors. The sun-soaked region lies in the toe of Italy’s boot, near its southernmost end. Flanked by crystal-blue seas, it gets more than 300 days of sweltering Mediterranean sunshine every year. That heat gets converted to serious spice in its famous chiles, which were introduced to the region by Spanish traders in the 16th century. They caught on quickly, and today, every Italian knows that Calabrian chiles are the best in the world.
Founded in 1970 by husband-and-wife pair Antonio Celli and Adele Sirianni, Tutto Calabria began by selling the vegetables from their garden at local fairs. With headquarters in the hillside town of Marcellinara, the Celli family and Tutto Calabria have been sharing the bounty of their home with the world for more than 50 years. With the motto piccanti per passione (“spicy for passion”), they are dedicated to the bold flavors of Calabria in all its forms.