We cabin owners may mourn the end of summer, but we’re just as quick to embrace fall. After all, we love comfort, and what could be cozier than hikes without black flies, afternoon naps with woolen blankets, chilly evenings by the fire and, of course, our favorite comfort foods?
After trying PORTA’s easy-to-prepare, authentic Italian dishes for a week, including their new fall-friendly risotto options, we’ve discovered that restaurant-quality comfort food doesn’t require braving the cold.
What is PORTA?
Promising “traditional Italian in 15 minutes or less”, PORTA, which literally means “door” or “to carry”, brings Cosimo Mammoliti’s 30 years of chef experience to your doorstep everywhere. much of Ontariomaking Italian comfort food at home more accessible than ever.
I’ve tried many delivery-based meal kits during the pandemic, and PORTA’s flexible service is one of the easiest I’ve used. To get started, visit eatporta.com and create a box by choosing from a variety of high-quality Italian meals that are frozen and vacuum-sealed for freshness. You can choose from pastas, pizzas, and new savory risottos ($7.50 per serving), as well as authentic Italian desserts and pastries.
You can choose between a small (6 items), medium (9 items) or large (15 items) box and select the delivery frequency (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly), all with the option to switch meals or skip weeks anytime. The dishes then arrive straight to your door in a box filled with dry ice, and the portions are perfect for two, with no unused ingredients or wasted leftovers.
Ready to start? Here are our top picks for fall, whether you’re making them at home or bringing them to the cabin:
Our fall favourites:
New to PORTA’s meal options are three courses of restaurant-quality risotto, each of which can be easily prepared in less than 15 minutes ($7.50 per serving). Living up to the “restaurant quality” claim, the ingredients are all top quality. Risotto is made with Acquerello rice which was imported from Italy, and it is a favorite of many top chefs around the world, as it goes through twenty stages of selection and processing to combine the simplicity of cooking white rice with the nutrient density of whole grain. versions. The result is a perfect risotto with less stirring and a shorter cooking time.
Other fresh seasonal ingredients are included depending on the recipe you choose. Mantua offers seasonal butternut squash, while Milano is a traditional risotto dish made with saffron. But our favorite is savory Bassano with its tasty porcini mushrooms.
For pasta lovers:
All of PORTA’s pasta offerings ($18.99 for two servings) are mouth-watering, but Ostia, named after an ancient Roman port city, stands out for its “cacio e pepe” (cheese and pepper) sauce with pecorino and black pepper. Like all PORTA pasta, it’s freshly made and frozen for maximum flavor.
For a family pizza night:
Most home-delivered pizza falls far short of the Italian ideal, and home oven options have done little to repair that tradition. But PORTA’s handmade ten-inch Roman-style striata pizzas (available for $11.99) raise the bar with quality ingredients, a light texture, and a crispy finish. Toppings include sophisticated creations like Checco (spinach, goat cheese, caramelized onions, lemon zest) and Carmela (mixed mushrooms, truffle oil, parsley), but the simple Peppino, with its San Marzano sauce, fresh mozzarella and pepperoni smoked, is sure to please the whole family.
For all foodies:
PORTA also offers classic Italian desserts, ready to eat right out of their reusable jars. These range from the best-selling Tiramisu and Chocolate Mousse to their Butterscotch Budino and, our favorite, Panna Cotta topped with fresh raspberry compote. And don’t forget the hand-rolled pastries, perfect for a quick and friendly breakfast!
Ready for restaurant-quality Italian cuisine at home? Visit eatporta.com to get started, and use code COTTAGE30 to save 30% on your first box.