Lucini Italia Cinque e' Cinque Chickpea Frittata

Recently I was contacted by someone from Lucini Italia Co. about reviewing a product called Cinque e’ Cinque. I read the description:

“Cinque is a simple Tuscan chickpea flour baking mix that, when prepared with extra virgin olive oil and water, bakes into a mouthwatering frittata. It is high in fiber, contains 9 grams of protein, is gluten-free and vegan!”

Chickpea flour?! Olive oil?! Vegan!? Frittata?!  Sold. I was so excited to receive these samples, and when I did, I absolutely tore into the box. Funk caught it on camera. I yelled, “It feels like Christmas!” In the box were a few packages of Cinque e’ Cinque, some high quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, pizza sauce, and a fig and walnut vinaigrette. If it wasn’t midnight on a Friday night, I would have fired up the oven right then and there.

When we did get around to making the frittata (just a few days after using the delish pizza sauce on Funk’s homemade pizza) we were so excited to try it that we didn’t think of what else we’d eat to round out the meal! I read the back of the bag which said they are, “Traditionally served on a warm ciabatta roll with a sprinkle of black pepper…” So Funk toasted some whole grain rolls while I cracked open a can of Roma tomatoes to use. I simmered them on the stove with a tablespoon of capers and clove of garlic, and mashed them so it was more of a chunky sauce.

Making the Cinque e’ Cinque was a…cinch. All I had to do was add salt, olive oil, and water and pop it in the oven.

When the frittata was done, we plated the Cinque e’ Cinque, roll and tomatoes and dove in. We enjoyed it best with the piping hot and creamy chickpea mix spread on the roll and topped with the tomatoes. Holy moly. I don’t even have words to tell you how good this was. It was golden brown on top, thick and creamy in the middle, slightly salty, and bursting with rosemary flavor. We are in love with this simple, flavorful creation. While eating we were talking about how sad it would be when we ran out of the samples! Fortunately, the store locator tells me they sell it at Whole Foods. And, the company is running a contest to win free Lucini products for a year! I almost don’t want to tell you to enter so we have a better chance of winning, but go ahead, enter.

Disclaimer: I was not paid by Lucini Italia Co. to review their products. But I do love them. A lot.


  1. Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Sounds delicious! So glad they sell it at Whole Foods. I’ll have to look for it next time I go!

  2. Crash Course Cardiologist
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    OMG … I am getting my fanny over to Whole Foods Market PRONTO!!!

    Thanks, Janel!

  3. laura
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I make it in my 9″ cast iron pan – I am addicted (no joke) to the chili flavoured one, and add Ras el Hanout spices to it. Y-u-u-m. One pointer to anyone who is going to give it a go (which you really need to do 😉 ), make sure to let it sit for the 10 minutes after baking. It needs to set and, no matter how good it smells, will be even better for the patience.

  4. Janel
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Chili!? Wow that sounds amazing and perfect for a cold day. Yes I agree – letting it sit (and set) is a good idea. Thanks!

  5. Posted September 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    yum yum yum!!! those all sound fantastic!!! i will definitely keep me eye for these!! and i love that picture of you-i wouldhave fired up that oven even at midnight 😉

  6. Crash Course Cardiologist
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    No luck at Whole Foods Market this past weekend … they’d never even heard of it. 🙁

  7. Janel
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Really!?!? I’d contact the Lucini Italia people – they’re very friendly and may be able to tell you where exactly in your area it’s sold…or they can get it into your whole foods!

  8. Posted October 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I finally made it to Whole Foods last night to pick some up – can’t wait to make it this weekend. I too had a difficult time finding it and the girl who helped me find it had never heard of it but we found it near the rice and polenta if that helps anyone else out there who is looking for it 🙂

  9. Janel
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad you found the Cinque e Cinque! Have you tried it yet?

  10. luganrn
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    We ordered it online from

  11. Bill Depp
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I love this in a good baguette with fresh butter and pickled eggplant and black pepper, that is how I had it in Italy. I’d line up every day in the street to get one. This is great that they have this here in USA now!

  12. Lisa Del Fava
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Heads up to anyone that likes the Tuscan Fiery Chili, I just found it at Grocery Outlet for $1.49 a bag.

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