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October 2011


Made in BC at Ottavio Zuppa! Our Great daily Soup

Raclette ‘101’

Thanksgiving Is Almost Here Let Us Help! plus more....


October 2011

250-592-4080 2272 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C.


Made in BC at Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen

Increasingly more and more people are supporting local purveyors and our shelves are reflecting this locavore trend. Look for these new exciting made in BC products!

Caramoomel Preserves

Untamed Feast

Apple Butter-$7,75 (250ml)

Island foraged wild mushrooms dried to perfection by Eric Whitehead. We carry the complete line. A great pantry item for last minute risotto ai funghi!

Pinot Gris Wine Jelly/Pinot Noir Wine Jelly-$5,95 (125ml)

NEW Wine Barrel Smoked Chanterelles-$18,75 (20g)

Gluten and additive free from Kelowna, delicious on morning toast or with your evening cheese plate!

Maple Syrup Jelly-$5,95 (125ml) Veggie Caviar-$5,25 (125ml)

Quench Cordial

Gone Crackers Lower mainland cracker maker Heather Nichol rolls onto our shores with a selection of savoury wares.

With a cocktail craze in full motion, along come delicious fruit and spiced cordials from the Hayman Farm Vineyard in Naramata Bench to add to the mix! Also a great thirst quencher with sparkling mineral water.

Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper, Canadian Cheddar & Chive, Parmesan & Rosemary- all varieties $7,95 (142g)

Summer Fruits or Spiced Fruits- both $11,50(375ml)

scratch made, locally sourced fruit with each jar reduced from 3lbs. of fruit! Produced in Surrey using only organic sugars, herbs and citrus, we carry three great flavours:

Missing Goat Jams

Strawberry Black Pepper, Very Very Raspberry, Rhubarb Rosemary all $9,75 (250ml)

Estate Olive Oil Tasting November 10 / 7-9pm


Don’t miss your chance to taste over 20 estate olive oils from Italy, France, Morocco & Spain along with an education on the farming, harvesting & production practices of the finest producers. “Why would I pay $30 for a bottle of olive oil?”…. come & find out what is in the bottle. Advanced reservations are limited to 25 for this event and can be made in the delicatessen for $25/ person, dessert & illy coffee included. It has been a few years since we have done one of these so don’t delay in reserving for this delicious, educational & fun night.

Soups $8,95 (1 liter) Stocks only $5 (1 liter)

Our daily soup is made from scratch every morning by our cook Denise Jones featuring what’s best in season. Most often vegetarian and gluten free but look up on the chalkboard for today’s creation. In our deli freezer, you will also find 1 liter tubs of our soups as well as no sodium, naturally made stocks. Bones for our fish, chicken and beef stocks are all made using island product and the vegetable stock features island vegetables too!

October 2011

250-592-4080 2272 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C.


This month’s recipe features a unique European (Swiss and French origins) light dinner for as little as 2 or as many as you can handle. A fall season favourite and becoming increasingly popular Raclette is both the namesake cheese and the dish. Origins of the dish are from the peasants of medieval times whereby alpine style cheeses were warmed over a campfire and then poured over potatoes, vegetables and cured ham. Today, custom Raclette tabletop electric griddles make for a more refined occasion. Ottavio has several available on loan with the purchase of at least 1kg of Raclette cheese to host your very own party. Here’s a look at what you will need: Raclette - we offer both authentic Swiss regular and a smoked version from France. Locally the fine folks up island at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks do justice to their own Swiss heritage with a stand up version!

Raclette ‘101’ A howto-guide

Cornichon Pickles - find them bulk in our olive case or jarred on our shelves Balsamic Pickled Onions - on our pantry shelves Cured Meats - several options are suitable: Prosciutto from Italy, Jamón Serrano from Spain or Speck, a German style smoked ham. Oyama fans look for Bunderfleisch (air dried beef, incredible flavour!). Also, our Italian Prosciutto Cotto & Rosemary Hams are a great choice. Vegetables - boiled potatoes are a must. Think waxy varieties like blintje, fingerling or charlotte. Others of your choice, i.e. batons of carrot, fresh pepper strips, cauliflower florets, etc. Bread - our baguette (rustic white, whole wheat or olive) is perfect to slice into rounds to hold your ham, onion, cornichon creations when you grill them. Beverages - commonly hot beverages like tea were served as it is traditionally a winter season affair, however white wines like Riesling and Pinot Grigio are perfect partners. Beer? Of course, and with so many great local producers the options are endless. Why not try a Raclette & Beer party with your friends this fall?

Thanksgiving Holiday…can we help? With the holiday falling on our usual closed days-Sunday and Monday, October 9th & 10th -we strongly encourage pre-ordering any breads, brioche, croissants etc. you may require in advance. Orders can be placed in person or by phone through our Deli/Bakery department . If phoning, please ask for the deli before placing an order. We anticipate high volume on both Friday and Saturday before the holiday. Avoid the lineup or disappointment and let us help!

Upcoming Events October 1st - Oktober Fest / 11am-3pm November 8th - 12th - Swiss Week / featuring specials on all Swill Cheese, recipes & more... Nov 10th - Estate Olive Oil Tasting 7pm-9pm

Did you know?

The world as we all know has been in an economic state of flux and rising commodity prices have not only affected the price of gas at the pumps but also the cost of the food we eat and the ingredients that we use at Ottavio. Some of our bread prices will be increased by a modest amount this month to reflect these higher costs. We are always very hesitant to change pricing at Ottavio but we strive to offer you a high quality product using the best ingredients, rather than compromise these principles.

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Newsletter September / 2011  

Made in BC @ OTTAVIO Zuppa! Our great daily soup Raclette ‘101’ Thanksgiving is almost here, let us help! “Did you know?”: A new monthly fe...

Newsletter September / 2011  

Made in BC @ OTTAVIO Zuppa! Our great daily soup Raclette ‘101’ Thanksgiving is almost here, let us help! “Did you know?”: A new monthly fe...