Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of Lucini Italia. Lucini Italia has a variety of products in their line, including their newest product – Cinque e’ Cinque. Cinque e’ Cinque is a custom milled chickpea flour mix that when prepared, makes a savory chickpea frittata.
In addition to several varieties of Cinque e’ Cinque mixes, I also received 3 different varieties of marinara sauces, a fig salad dressing, balsamic vinegar & 2 varieties of extra-virgin olive oil.
I fell in love with these products! The balsamic vinegar was amazing – I really enjoyed drizzling it over my salads. The basil infused olive oil was wonderful on roasted potatoes and caprese salad. The Cinque e’ Cinque is different, but very tasty. I didn’t have a cast iron pan to make the mix in, so I used a ceramic pie plate. Mine came out much thicker than what Lucini shows on their website. It was good dipped in the marinara sauce and would be great topped with some mozzarella cheese, too.
Here is a little history on Lucini Italia:
Cinque é Cinque, also known as Farinata, is a storied Italian street fare from the Tuscan town of Livorno, Italy. For centuries, bakeries and pizzerias have been posting signs in their storefront windows announcing when this delicious chickpea frittata will be ready. Eager customers rush to the shops, drawn by the mouth-watering aroma permeating from the wood burning ovens. Traditionally served on a warm ciabatta roll with a sprinkle of black pepper, the name “Cinque é Cinque” actually refers to the going rate centuries ago – five cents for the chickpea frittata and five cents for the bread, and was coined by hungry sailors passing through Livorno in the early 1900s. It is also commonly used as the base for a pizza, topped with homemade sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. Cinque é Cinque is regional to Livorno, however variations of this savory dish can be found worldwide, for example Socca in France.
While the ingredients are simple – chickpea flour, water and extra virgin olive oil, the traditional preparation is anything but! Bakers and street vendors spend days preparing the flour, milling it numerous times until it is slightly fermented and the perfect consistency. Once the batter is prepared for the oven, it takes a skilled artisan to know when to remove the pan, put it back in, and so on until it is ready – soft and moist on the inside, with a golden crispy top. Lucini’s Cinque é Cinque mix now make the process simple and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes! The chickpea flour is already custom milled to the perfect consistency so you just combine with water and extra virgin olive oil and bake!
In addition to being gluten-free, the Cinque e’ Cinque is also vegan. Being that chickpeas are the main ingredient this makes for a great protein source. There are many recipes on the website for creative uses for the mix. The Arugula Pizza is on my list!
Lucini Italia is running a contest right now where the winner will win free Lucini products for a year! The contest runs through December 31, 2010. To enter, all you have to do is click here and fill out the entry form. Rules of the contest can be viewed here.
Lucini products can be purchased online here. They are also available in stores across the US. Click here to find a store close to you.
**The products in this review were provided to me free of charge by Lucini Italia. The views and opinions in this article are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. Thank you Lucini Italia for the opportunity to sample your line of products.