ITALIAN SPECIALTIES: We found two new-to-us products at Centrolina Market in CityCenterDC. A spot of Peppered Little Fish, imported from Calabria in southern Italy, provides a punch of umami to pasta, crudo or crostini, says chef-owner Amy Brandwein. The versatile paste — made with tiny icefish and bits of red pepper suspended in olive oil — is slightly briny and has a moderate, lingering spice.
The Artemide rice, originating in Novara in northwest Italy, is a long-grain variety similar to wild rice, she says. The mellow and nutty grains have a pleasant chew and texture, so the rice pairs well with seafood and is also sturdy enough to use in grain salads. Cook it using the standard two-to-one water-to-rice ratio for about 30 minutes.
And of course, both items would pair perfectly with ripe summer tomatoes.
— Kara Elder
Peppered Little Fish, 6.7 ounces (190 grams), $10; Artemide rice, 15.8 ounces (450 grams), $13.52. Available at Centrolina Market in CityCenterDC, 974 Palmer Alley NW, 202-898-2426, centrolinadc.com.