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Product Review: New Cinque e’ Cinque Gluten-free Frittatas from Italy

by John Libonati on September 14th, 2010


  

A wonderful new gluten-free product just hit the market in the United States – fresh from the Liguria region of Italy.  

Lucini Italia Company recently introduced Cinque e’ Cinque, a custom blend chickpea baking mix for Gluten-free Italian frittatas. This beloved Italian street food, also known as Farinata, has been a tradition in Northwest Italian pizzerias and bake shops for hundreds of years, where customers are known to stand in line for the first bites right out of the oven. Given its taste, nutritional benefits, variety of use and surprisingly easy preparation, it could soon become a staple for American gluten-free families as well.  

Cinque e’ Cinque (pronounced “Chin-quay e Chin-quay”) comes in three flavors: Traditional, Savory Rosemary and Tuscan Fiery Chili.

 

Liguria Region in Italy. Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liguria

Each Cinque e’ Cinque pouch serves 6.  To prepare, add water, olive oil and salt. Then you whisk and pour into your pan. You can pour the batter into a nine inch pan for a thick and creamy dish or use a larger pan for a thin and crispy flatbread-type base for toppings. We liked them both ways, noticing that the dish comes out best if you make it in a cast iron pan as recommended.  The oven must be very hot – 500 degrees – to crisp the top and bottom.  Also, if you let the thicker method cool, it solidifies somewhat and the flavors intensify.  

The result of the Traditional Mix was mild-flavored, almost buttery and very filling. We added fried thin-sliced steak with peas and tomato sauce. The Savory Rosemary is delicious, reminiscent in flavor of focaccia bread but with a texture more like polenta. Eating it with chili made a very special dinner.  

Cinque e’ Cinque combines three very important items in the gluten-free diet.  

1) Taste – because we all want and deserve food that tastes good.  

2) Good nutrition – the point of food is to give our bodies what it needs.  

3) Variety – a gluten-free diet restricts gluten but does not have to be restrictive. It is easy to fall into eating the same thing over and over, but a healthy diet includes a variety of meats, eggs, seafood, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and grains.  

Lucini Italia’s new product, Cinque e’ Cinque delivers. In addition, it is really easy to make! We also tried Lucini Italia’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Tuscan Marinara with Roasted Garlic pasta sauce. The award-winning olive oil (featured on the Oprah Winfrey show) is absolutely delicious as is the sauce. Both complement the Cinque e’ Cinque dishes well.  

Cinque e’ Cinque mixes are nutrient dense. Each has 9 g of protein, 24 g of carbohydrates and only 3 g of fat per serving. They provide 10% of your iron and contain 5 g of fiber. This great balance makes sense considering the main component of the mix is chickpea flour. The mixes are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free and vegan. Made with all natural ingredients, they are low glycemic, packed with protein, high in fiber and low in fat with no trans fat. No refined sugars, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors are used.  

Cinque e’ Cinque is a unique food that you can quickly find many ways to use. Lucini Italia has delivered an excellent food that will contribute greatly to people’s health while opening the door to a variety of new dishes that are easy to make and satisfying.  

Now you can enjoy this popular traditional Italian dish at home. Try their three exciting Cinque e’ Cinque flavors for your next pizza, frittata, focaccia bread, or your own unique culinary creation.  

Lucini Italia has created an interactive website, WhatisCinque.com, where you can learn the history of this tasty treat, the remarkable nutritional facts, and find delicious chef-inspired recipes.  

Save 20% when you order any new Gluten-free Cinque e’ Cinque mix at WhatisCinque.com. Enter discount code LUCGFW1.  

While visiting WhatisCinque.com be sure to sign up for a chance to win FREE Lucini Italia Company products for a year and other great prizes!  

Lucini Italia Company produces authentic hand-crafted gourmet foods inspired by the culinary traditions of Italy. Lucini Italia’s family of products include award-winning extra virgin olive oils, artisan vinegars, gourmet tomato and cheese sauces, savory soups and a special collection of limited production organic items.

Visit WhatisCinque.com or call toll free: 1-888-5-LUCINI (1-888-558-2464) 

Lucini Italia Co. 
www.WhatisCinque.com
www.Lucini.com
888-558-2464

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Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA
Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com.
Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
John can be reached by e-mail here.


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