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Filling Easter Baskets Locally at Virgilio’s Bakery




Thursday I was inspire to create nontraditional Easter Basket for a dear friend, after spotting a mini can of my favorite Partanna Olive Oil, on sale at Virgilo’s Bakery. Creative thoughts immediately began running through my head the moment I laid eyes on the adorable, tomato red, petite sized can of Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Partanna Oil has been a staple ingredient in my pantry for many years. It’s used for sautéing, cooking, dressings, Pannini and everything in between on a daily basis in my kitchen by me and my twins! “Pani Cunsatu,” Hot Seasoned Italian Bread made with Partanna Oil is son BJ’s favorite after school snack. The fragrant Sicilian Olive Oil enhances the flavors of all ingredients it’s paired with.  


If you’re looking to create a nontraditional Easter Basket for a special someone who has a passion for cooking or are planning to prepare an Easter Feast, or have been assigned to fix a salad to share you must include and use this oil.



Step away from the traditional Easter Basket this year and shop Virgilio’s Bakery for their classic assortment of dried pasta, and Italian specialty items. Many of the specialty ingredients used in the recipe collection included in my cookbook “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia;Harvest,” can be purchased locally at Virgilio’s bakery.” 


Pick up the key ingredients for your special someone’s favorite Italian dish and creatively weave them into a beautiful Easter basket this year. Spring is around the corner, love is in the air, and Italians know the fastest way to someone heart is through their stomach with flavorful foods.

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Embellish a gift basket with decorative bow and get shopping for ingredients to fill personalized Italian Theme Easter Baskets at Virgilio’s this week! Endless ideas will come to those who think out of the basket…

espresso basket at virgilios


Look for the story and recipe in “Gifts Of Gold” surrounding my childhood memory my grandfather’s Italian Variety store “Pat’s Center Grocery,” with aunt Gina using Italian Tuna!IMG_4352

The basket shown above was created with an assortment of Italian specialty ingredients needed to create Pasta with Sardines, “Pasta‘a Milanisa” is an authentic Sicilian recipe highlighted on page #160 in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold.” This recipe is real old school cooking. Sardines are known to have a very distinct strong flavor but that’s simply not the case in this dish! You won’t know what you’re missing until you give this recipe a try! Pasta with Sardines it’s heavenly!


 Note~above basket is not included in the Virgilio’s Italian Dinner Easter Basket Raffle

For my Hot Seasoned Italian Bread, “Pani Cunsatu” recipe see “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” page #182


A friendly reminder to pick up a few containers of  “Ceci” roasted chic pea, and “Simenzi” salted pumpkin seeds” for the car ride home and late night holiday card game with the family!

seminzi ceci seeds virgilos

 Enter to win the Italian Dinner Easter Basket

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at Virgilio’s This week!


Be sure to Enter you name in the drawing  to win this Italian Dinner Basket at Virgilio’s Bakery…applicable to all who make a purchase and fill out a red ticket located on display in the store. Basket includes, 1 Dried Pasta, 1 Virgilio’s Bread Dipping Oil, 1 Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce and 1 Italian bread.

***While shopping don’t forget to place an order for Virgilio’s famous breads and Dinner Rolls for your Easter celebration!****

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Can you Smell The Hot Italian Bread Baking in Sista’s Kitchen ?



This morning my new comare Maria Cannavo  came over to help me make the St. Joseph bread for tomorrow feast. In less then 3 hours we sampled our first batch of hot Italian bread… Heavenly….. OMG …..Delicious!  Monday we plan to meet again to make the bread for Next Tuesday nights S.t Joseph Trolley Festivities! Thank you Maria I’t always fun baking with you! Muah  



Virgilio’s Italian Bakery

How many of you have relatives that still go down and get their loaf of Italian bread every morning?

My Grandma Rose (although I never called her Grandma Rose, it was always Grandma with the store)  would take warm loaves of Italian bread, cut them flat in half, pour the good Italian olive oil on it and season it with salt and pepper.  I’ll tell you what, I could eat a half a loaf, even when I was ten years old.

Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, originally uploaded by captjoe06.