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December 2016 Seasonal Treats and Panettone

Specialty Baskets & Catering On Our Wish List

Holiday Hours and Orders Chestnuts are Back!

2272 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria, BC 250-592-4080

On Our Wish List…!

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Truffle Oil, Honey, Salt, Butter Seattle Chocolates Specialty Holiday Bars Leone Candies Gommose, Pin-up Tins, Christmas Coal, Chocolates Kusmi Tea Tubes & Assorted Teabag boxes Conservas de Cambados Spanish Canned Seafood Gocce Truffle Balsamic Vinegar Domenica Fiore EVOO Ottavio Aprons and Carry Bags Divine Drinking Chocolate Ottavio House-made Antipasto Anything from the Meat and Cheese Case accompanied by Fieschi Mostarda and Chili Jam Marcona Almonds Cuneesi Chocolates (with or without liqueur) Itaca Flavoured Olive Oils

December 2016 NEWSLETTER ISSUE 76

Christmas Cheese Specialties La ng re s AO P : Wa s h e d w i t h M arc d e Bourgogne, these luxurious mini-Langres are formed with an indent in the top that w o u l d t r ad i t i o n ally b e f i lle d w i t h Champagne. Selles-sur-Cher AOP: This goat’s milk disk is dusted with ash and aged for only several weeks, making a decadent fudgy paste with a citrusy minerality and sweet flavour of nuts. Epoisses AOP: The King of stinky cheese! An impossibly smooth paste wrapped in a del i cate r ind wa s he d w i t h Marc de B o u r g o g n e , p r e s e nt i n g i nt e n s e b u t balanced flavours of buttered nuts, and fruit. St. Marcellin AOP: Unassuming and delicate in its tiny terra cotta pot, this satiny cheese has a huge personality. Earthy and fruity with well-rounded scents of cow and barnyard.

Seasonal Treats and Panettone !

Our PANETTONE is baked fresh for Ottavio by baker extraordinaire, Cliff Leir, at Fol Epi. Made only with the finest, organic, premium sourced ingredients, it is on the shelves for a limited time only.! !

The nature of this seasonal specialty is to undergo a bit of ageing as flavour develops throughout the Panettone so don’t wait until the last week to buy it. We love it with a glass of Asti Spumante as we decorate the tree.! !

Our bakers Cam and Mel are busy elves this season, stocking the shelves with our homemade seasonal favourites including:! ²  ITALIAN FRUITCAKE & BLACK FOREST YULE LOGS! ²  MINCE MEAT TARTS! ²  FESTIVE COOKIES & CHRISTMAS INSPIRED GHIACCIATI! ²  PEPPERMINT MERINGUE TREES! ²  LEMON STARS, CHECKERBOARD SHORTBREAD, GINGERSNAPS! Don’t miss out on trying our own homemade PANFORTE. Cam has hit it out of the park with our family recipe, creating a delicious traditional Italian panforte. Made with figs, almonds, hazelnuts, honey, our own candied citrus peel and a blend of spices, panforte is delicious to nibble on (really like a natural power bar), or on a cheese board next to a nice aged cheddar or sheep’s milk Manchego. Makes a unique stocking stuffer too! Plus, keep your eyes open for Peppermint Candy Cane Gelato.! We also have our house-made Marzipan logs available for all baking needs. !

2272 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria, BC 250-592-4080

Special Holidays Hours! We will be open our regular hours (Café 8-6, Bakery 9-6, closed Sundays & Mondays) through Friday, December 23rd,except for the following:! ! Saturday, December 3rd !Café 8-6:30! (Truck Parade) ! ! !Bakery 9-6! !! Saturday, December 24th !Café 8-5 ! ! ! ! ! ! !Bakery 9-5! ! Sunday, December 25th! !Closed! Monday, December 26th !Closed! ! Tuesday, December 27th to! Friday, December, 30th Open regular hours! ! Saturday, December 31st !Café 8-5! ! ! ! ! !Bakery 9-5! ! We will be closed from January 1st until the 11th for our winter break, reopening our regular hours on Thursday, January 12th.!

December 2016 NEWSLETTER ISSUE 76 Just a reminder to please pre-order your bread & baked goods by either calling the deli or coming in to see us. We don’t want you to be disappointed & would like to make your holidays as smooth as possible. The more notice, the better, especially when it comes to baskets and catering. !

Shout Out! To our pastry chef Melanie Lonsdale for her incredible gingerbread creation and taking home first prize in Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase! Go see it for yourself at the Inn at Laurel Point & support Habitat for Humanity. christmas-1/canada-s-nationalgingerbread-showcase.htm

SPECIALTY BASKETS, CATERING, & OTTAVIO GIFT CERTIFICATES Ø  SPECIALTY BASKETS We love creating beautiful gift baskets to please every palate and are happy to help with your personal or corporate gift giving, so give us a call on the deli side or check out our website ( for inspiration. Keep in mind that baskets can be delivered to the greater Victoria area so if you’re planning on packing one off to your nearest and dearest, the earlier the better! Ø  CATERING Cheese and salumi boards are as impressive as they are delicious and will make your holiday entertaining that much easier! Menu and price list available on the deli side. Ø  OTTAVIO GIFT CERTIFICATES Available in any denomination, these are ideal and easy gifts for anyone on your list!


Get them while you can! Ottavio carries European chestnuts only during the Christmas holidays. Much loved around the world, chestnuts have a slightly sweet, deep, rich, nutty flavour and a dense texture. Look for our chestnut roasters outside during the holidays or purchase some from us to roast at home. Ø  Here’s how you do it at home: using a sharp knife, carefully score a good sized “x” on the flat side of each nut. Spread the nuts out on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400˚F oven until the shells peel back around the “x” – approximately 20 minutes. Remove and let them cool a little (they are easier to peel when warm), then peel and enjoy. For all your baking and stuffing needs, don’t forget that we carry all sorts of chestnut products, from peeled whole chestnuts to chestnut purées. Buon Natale!

Ottavio December 2016 Newsletter  
Ottavio December 2016 Newsletter