Father’s Day is coming up – have you bought a gift yet? Will you?

Does your dad like concerts or ball games or golfing? Do you buy the usual tie or dress socks and call it a day?

Let’s do something better this year.

For my dad, there are 4 things I know he will love:

Coffee. Anything Virginia Tech related. Hockey game tickets or gear. Good food – a dinner out, gift certificate, or just sharing a meal together with the family when we’re together.

I didn’t get to make this meal for my dad, but….he would have been sweating, I’ll tell you that much. I think I underestimated just how hot these little Italian chillies were – Nick and I both finished the meal with burning lips and downed a couple glasses of water each.

Just a heads up – don’t use as many chillies as I did. They’re spicy! We LOVE spicy food, so it was fine for us, but I would definitely cut down a bit if you’re not a fan of super spicy pasta.

Nudo has a great gift set, perfect for Father’s Day if your dad likes spicy foods, pasta, or spicy pasta.

I fell in love with the Nudo Mandarin Orange olive oil last year (and am still hoarding the last few drizzles) and have now crossed over into the garlic oil obsession.

Did you know you can adopt your own olive tree with them? Awesome, right? Adopt a tree and you get the oil from your tree during the year, plus some of their other incredible flavored olive oils, too.

If your Dad isn’t into spicy foods, get him some flavored oils to use for grilling or to make his own pasta mixes. Or adopt an olive tree in his name and let the gifts keep on giving that year.

Thankfully, Nudo wants one of your Dad’s (or you, if you already have a gift for your Dad) to have this Aglio, Olio, Pepperoncino Gift Set, too!

I’ve got one set to giveaway that comes with all this, including those super spicy chillies. Seriously, don’t try to be brave with ’em. You’ll be sorry.

·      One 250ml tin of Nudo’s olive oil, stone ground with fresh Italian garlic

·      One 500g box of organic spaghetti

·      One 50g box of dried Calabrian chillies

·      One beautifully designed, reusable Nudo spaghetti tin

·      One recipe card for spaghetti aglio, olio e pepperoncino, a classic Italian dish

Want to win this set to make your Dad a spicy pasta feast this year?

Tell me what you love about your Dad.

Want an extra entry?

Tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did: @Branappetit is giving away a spicy @NudoItalia gift set for Father’s Day! http://www.branappetit.com/?p=19150

Good luck!


  1. i love that he is so kind and giving

  2. I love my dad because I can always count on him to speak his mind; I never have to worry about subtext with my parents.

  3. …and I tweeted! (@EmilyWax)

  4. I love that he is funny!

  5. My dad is heeeeelarious! Hugest goof ever. I want !!

  6. Yum! I love the way my dad makes me laugh. He’s super awesome :)

  7. Love this. SO my kind of pasta dish. I love my dad’s dry sense of humor and the way he puts everyone before himself. He’s amazing.

  8. I love how hardworking my dad is. He’s works on ships so he’s only been home for half my life (2 weeks out at sea, 2 weeks home since I was born). He’s sacrificed a lot to provide for us!

  9. I love my dad because he is not afraid to hug, kiss, cry, and show his emotions. To me, that is the sign of a true man.

  10. I love my dad because he never stops helping me. Like last month when I was stranded at an airport two hours away at 2 am. He came and picked me up. He’s a rock star.

  11. I absolutely love my dad because he’s always there for us as a family no matter what. Through thick and thin, I can count on him!

  12. I love that my Dad is someone I can go to when I need to talk, cry, laugh, and joke around :)

  13. I love how supportive my Dad is. He’s always been there for me and made sure I always knew I could do anything I wanted to do.

  14. I love that I am 33 yrs old and he still helps me with everything money related – pikcing my 401K stocks, taxes….

  15. I love my dad’s sensible, no-nonsense personality, as well as his ability to really listen to others and see their point of view, even if his is different. I think that’s why he’s such a great principal!

  16. Oh that looks lovely! Great giveaway darlin’. My dad has a vein strictly for coffee but he would love this. :D

  17. I love that my dad enjoys the food I make :)

  18. I love that my dad would drop anything to help me out!

  19. I love that my dad is so easy going and always willing to listen to me.

  20. He’s always there for me. Couldn’t ask for more!

  21. i love that my pops does tai chi every morning. has taught me a lot about discipline!

  22. i love my pops humor…

  23. He was kind and loving.

  24. His sense of humor.

  25. I love that my dad is so spiritually wise. I can ask him anything and he can give me an answer from the Word.

  26. My dad actually lives in Italy and I miss him so much:( what I love about him is that he’s always protecting me even from far away.Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. This is easy…….My dad has always been my rock! He is kind and thoughtful and ALWAYS there for me! Him and my mom got divorced when I was 14 and I lived with him! A couple months ago my mom passed away and he was here in about 5 minutes after I called him! On top of being an amazing dad he is also an awesome grandpa to my kids! He is loving and fun with my kids! He comes to all of their soccer games and school programs even when it messes with his sleep (he works nights)! On top of all of this he listens to me and takes everything I say to heart! He doesn’t always follow my advice but I know he values my opinion! My dad is the best and I’m so glad he is such a big part of our family!

  28. I love my dad’s generosity and playfulness.

  29. That is soo awesome! I love my dad for loving me for who I am! No, honey you need to do this or that, or be this or that, it’s just honey I love you! That has meant the most to me!

  30. love that my dad is always super level headed and logical – he’s the best for advice!!!

  31. The memory of my dad lingers with sweet thoughts of his kindness. Not only to others but all animals as well. He also was a man of integrity. I miss him greatly and will bake Banana Bread in his memory this Father’s Day.

  32. I loved that my dad was so easy going and soft spoken. Ohhh, and his sense of humor! :)

  33. I love that my Dad is fun to be around!

  34. I love how much my father is there for my children.

  35. His patience!

  36. I love his generosity with his children when it comes to their activities and pursuits :)

  37. I love how smart my Dad is! He seems to know the answer to every question!

  38. I tweeted!

  39. when my dad laughs, its from his toes and he uses every vowel sound…Heee heee haaa haa hoo hooo….he’s awesome.

  40. Well my dad has passed away, but my step dad….I love he can make me laugh. :D That makes me feel warm and fuzzy when he makes me laugh or smile. :)

  41. My dad always has been very generous. If one of us 6 kidsneeded a listenig ear he was there, needed to use a car, we got it, help with our kids he was there.

  42. I love how easy going my Dad is. No matter how bad things get he still sees the “blessings” in every situation.
    Great giveaway!

  43. aww, what a fun giveaway! + such a sweet question. i love that my dad has supported every decision i’ve ever made, from wanting to pick up + move from new england all the way down to tennessee, to throwing a surprise wedding. he rolls with the punches! =)

  44. Mr. Spice would love those chilies! :)

    I love that my dad is so level-headed, we can be a pretty spazzy family but he remains calm throughout.

    I love how whenever I come home for a visit he has the biggest hug for me.

  45. I love that my stepdad stepped in to fill the role my real dad left vacant.

  46. I love that my Dad doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him

  47. I tweeted. @joptholt. Well I retweeted your tweet. :)

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