In Italy, the Easter bread served each year is called Colomba or Colomba Pasquale. It takes at least 18 hours to make, including the time necessary for it to rise. But it’s worth it because of how beloved it is.
If you don’t have 18 hours, you can pick up an Italian Colomba at Gaucho Gourmet, 935 Isom Road. The gourmet food warehouse has stocked up on the breads, which are specially packaged in holiday pastels and sell for $29.95. It comes in several flavors, Classica, Ricetta Antica and Moscato.
Gaucho Gourmet also has wrapped Italian chocolate eggs in various sizes and in both milk and dark chocolate.
Other new items include peppers and onions stuffed with ricotta cheese and capers, tuna or capers and anchovies; marinated garlic; mixed grilled vegetables; fagioli alla Villanella or in salsa gustosa; and Borettane onions in Balsamic vinegar.
The store will be open extra hours this week because of the holiday. The site will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.GauchoGourmet.com or call (210) 277-7930.