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250 South Northwest Hwy, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.


Chef Sunita’s Walnut Paté

Morgan Shepard


We had the privilege of participating in a New Year’s reboot with the very talented raw food chef, culinary author & wellness guide Sunita Vira. She served patés created not from meat but nuts & seeds! We tried Chef Sunita’s recipe in our kitchen using Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil & soaked walnuts. Prepare ahead, this easy to make, healthy spread goes with butter or Romain lettuce, fresh raw veggies, sprouted or stone wheat crackers. A delicious, crowd pleasing appetizer, it makes 1 cup, but you’ll want more after tasting, so double up on the ingredients! 

From RAW for LIFE, a Modern Guide to Raw, Plant-based, Gluten-free Recipes for Busy Lives.

Simple Ingredients

  • 1 cup, soaked walnuts for 1-hour, rinsed & drained 
  • 1 tablespoon Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra to flavor
  • 1 tablespoon tamari-a Japanese soy sauce made of soy & wheat, available at grocery stores 
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced parsley or fresh herb of choice   
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan salt

Easy Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil, onion & herbs in a food processor with the S-blade  
  2. Process making sure to scrape sides of processor with a rubber spatula
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add olive oil, onion & parsley
  4. Mix thoroughly
  5. Serve on lettuce cups, crackers or crusty French bread
  6. Enjoy with Villa Graziella Rosso Toscano IGT made from organic grapes
  7. Transfer remaining paté to a sealed glass jar for 5 days in the refrigerator, 3 months in the freezer.   

National Noodle Month: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Morgan Shepard


Since Spring hasn't quite sprung everywhere yet, we are celebrating the end of National Noodle Month with this healthy homemade chicken noodle soup. Make a big batch and have it for the rest of the week, or stick it in the freezer for when you are fighting a cold!


  • 2 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 3 cups egg noodles
  • ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, and onion and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth, shredded chicken, noodles, basil, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes before serving.

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!