The first taste of sweet spring peas. The first bite of the season’s first batch of goat cheese. Celebrate a fresh start to the season with peak seasonal produce, formaggi, fish, and more ingredients that are meant to be shared.
WHAT’S IN SEASON NOW?
We know – the amount of fresh produce, seasonal fish, and first pick of spring cheeses can be overwhelming. Check out our guide to seasonal produce below (cooking tips included!), then make your market haul list.
A sure sign of spring, look for stalks that are firm, not floppy, with moist white bottoms and tightly clenched heads. Pro tip: keep an eye out for special varieties like Dutch White Asparagus and Purple Asparagus, too. Snap off the woody bottom wherever it naturally breaks, then toss these tender stalks with extra virgin olive oil & roast, or use in your next risotto.
The edible bulb of the thistle plant, artichokes are a must-have on the Italian table. These bulbous vegetables require some prep, but the result is always worth it. Check out how to clean and trim and artichoke, then make a classic side dish of Carciofi alla Romana.
Crack open these thick, cottony pods to reveal a bright green, tender bean inside! Peel each bean, then blanch in boiling water. Once cooked, you can remove the translucent casing to get to the delicious bean inside. Our cooking move? Toss into your next tomato sauce, or smash and enjoy with ricotta on crostini.
Bring your next meal out of its shell with our selection of seasonal peas, from crunchy and sweet snap peas to the tender English variety. Snap peas are best enjoyed fresh and raw, a classic raw vegetable salad. Picking up English peas instead? Get our recipe for Crostini con Piselli.
WILD & FORAGED SPECIALTIES
You’re bound to find a few chef picks in our produce section, too. Think: meaty morel mushrooms, garlicky ramps, whimsical fiddlehead ferns, to name just a few. These foraged beauties are only around for a few weeks each year – follow us on Instagram to make sure you see when they hit our shelves.
SEASONAL FORMAGGI, FISH & MORE
It’s not just produce that’s seasonal, amici. Did you know that cheese, fish, and meat have their prime seasons, too?
Our dairies follow traditional farming practices with small herds that give birth in the spring, and the farmers use this prized new milk for cheesemaking (after the calves and lambs have had their fill, of course). The taste is unparalleled: now that the cows, goats, and sheep are back out to pasture, you can taste the tangy, herbaceous notes of the fresh grass, clover, and hay that the animals eat. Pair our picks like Celebrity Goat Cheese with fresh salad (and your favourite Italian wines of course).
SOFTSHELL CRAB (COMING SOON!)
Truly the first sign of spring in Canadian waters, these delicate and delicious crabs are harvested when they molt and before they get their new shell. Be sure to ask our fishmongers about their favourite ways to prepare this fresh catch.
PAIR WITH ORGANIC & NATURAL WINES
The bright colours and flavours of the season pair perfectly with the unfiltered, unaltered taste profiles of organic, natural, and biodynamic wines – from fresh white wines perfect for in-season seafood to orange wines with roast pork or peak produce like artichokes and asparagus, to light and bright reds that go with just about anything. Ask our wine experts for their favourite bottles, then discover your favourites from our Vino e Birra To-Go to pair with your takeout order all month long.*
*Nota bene: all alcohol must be purchased with a minimum of one (1) food item
OUR BEST SPRING RECIPES
Looking to freshen up your kitchen routine? The good news is that ingredients in their prime shine with simple recipes that bring out their full, fresh flavour. Get our best spring recipes on Eataly Magazine, then shop all the ingredients in-store or for local delivery online and on Instacart.
CELEBRATE ITALIAN EXCELLENCE WITH THE ITALIAN TRADE AGENCY
Italy is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and there is no time this biodiversity is more on display than during springtime. To highlight all that the country has to offer, we’re partnering with the Italian Trade Agency to showcase the authenticity and unique traits that make our fresh Italian cheeses, wines, and other seasonal products stand out.
From classes and tastings to special dishes from our restaurants, look for their logos to learn about the variety, biodiversity, and centuries-old traditions and culture behind our seasonal Italian picks.