Finally my wish has been heard and now there is Italy in the middle of Helsinki <3 And if you just don’t look outside from the window (especially this time of the year), you can actually get a true escape to those cafés in some small Italian village by just walking in to Casa Italia at Bulevardi 11. This cute little deli has been open from last autumn, and I spotted it already before it actually opened its doors. I was passing by the place few times in September, each time slowing down to see how the renovations were going, just waiting to get in to buy some of those prosciuttos and cheeses that they seemed to have already in the counter!
And then came the day when Casa opened, and since that moment I’ve probably bought my charcuterie and cheese once from some place else – and that was only because this place was closed. Casa has basically everything you need when you want to have some quality Italian cheese, prosciutto, salami, pasta, olive oil, coffee… and, for example, those amazing olives and pesto that you most certainly won’t find from the food chains that dominate the grocery market in Finland! They have also some very rare specialties (well, rare in Finland at least…) of Italian cheeses, e.g. ricotta salata which is essential ingredient in pasta alla Norma for instance, so now you can prepare this heavenly pasta at home, too… aaaaaaand… mamma mia, not to forget the Goddess of all prosciuttos, Culatello! This treat Casa seems to have all the time in the counter… and from there it just keeps whispering to your ear “take me home I know you can’t resist me…”!
But it’s not only about food products where the magic can be found in Casa. It’s also the atmosphere and friendly service that takes me back to this deli at least once a week, if not more. Two of the owners, Edrisi and Simone, have always time for a little chat, they will happily explain you the origins of each product, and give you great tips on how to use them in real Italian way. So how can you NOT get hooked to this place?! :)
There is also some seating space to enjoy a glass of wine and have some antipasti, piadinas, or even proper meal like lasagna, while doing your shopping and enjoying the Italian spirit that is lingering in the store. This place is really something that I’ve waited for a long time to come in Helsinki, and I’m so happy that we now have our very own piece of Italy in this city, too – a true escape that you desperately need once in a while.
The only thing I wish was different is Casa’s location closer to my home… But, then again, if it was any closer I most likely would be there each night enjoying those wines, cheeses, prosciutto, or coffee… so maybe it’s good to my waist line and to my wallet that I need to take a short walk to Bulevardi to get there :)
Elämää Italiassa ja italialaisessa Suomessa: ruokaa, juomaa, ostoksia ja maisemareittien koluamista patikoiden.