I’ve eaten my way through most of Italy with my Italian cousins and friends and tasted some of Italy’s most renowned condiments but if you ask me what OTC (over the counter) food I like the best that I can find there but not here I would have to say Calvé ketchup. Maybe you haven’t heard of it but there is a loyal ketchup following that declares Calvé to be the best ketchup in the world. Less expensive brands may be cheaper but the taste can’t be compared.
The Calvé Brand was founded in 1897 by Dutch entrepreneur Mr. Van Marken and brought to the tables of Italians in the early 1940’s. Today the Calvé brand is part of the multinational Unilever company but that doesn’t change the original principles and natural ingredients used in the making that give so much pleasure to ketchup lovers worldwide. Made from extra juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes; 7-9 are used to make one bottle of ketchup. A touch of lemon juice and white pepper are added for a zingy flavor that separates it from the rest. The top down squeezable bottle allows for proper dosage on almost anything you want to put it on.