Without condiments, food would feel too naked to come to dinner parties, and would spend all its time sitting around in an old bathrobe and snacking on itself. Dress your dishes with confidence with today’s Groupon to Formella Gourmet in Countryside. Choose from the following options:
- For $6, you get a three-pack of 16-ounce mild or hot giardiniera or muffuletta salad (up to a $12 value).
- For $8, you get a three-pack of 8-ounce hand-stuffed olives (up to a $17.97 value).
- For $18, you get a three-pack of gourmet olive oils (a $36 value).<p>
The family-operated Formella Gourmet has pleased palates since 1909, when Sicilian native Enrico Formella first began to distribute his signature giardiniera recipe to friends and neighbors. Modern-day diners without access to a time machine can still enjoy the Formella family’s giardiniera on sandwiches, pizza, and pastas, or savor its award-winning muffuletta salad made with a blend of giardiniera vegetables and sliced green and black olives. Hand-stuffed olives crammed full of garlic, blue cheese, or tiny Russian nesting dolls, make a delectable martini garnish or savory appetizer. For kitchens suffering from a surplus of crusty loaves, Formella’s olive oils facilitate divine bread-dipping, and also infuse meats, fish, and salads with flavors such as blood orange, red pepper, and rosemary basil.
The story of Formella Gourmet begins more than 100 years ago, when Sicilian Enrico Formella immigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. While on the voyage across the Atlantic, he married his wife Rosina and unknowingly clinched his position as a global distributor of fine Italian food. It began with the couple’s giardiniera recipe, which ascended to stardom in the South Side of Chicago. That's where the couple put down roots. Since the fateful day in 1909 when Formella decided to make his family’s cooking his business, ownership of the empire has passed to three grandsons. Together since the first half of the 20th century, they’ve preserved the family’s recipes for pasta sauce, stuffed olives, bruschetta spreads, and escaping Chicago's intense Model-T traffic jams.