That Italian Dinner Component was overall pretty enjoyable, except for the Insalata Di Riso - just like in Name_Not_Found's superior review on this same ration, viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4640
I would say the Insalata Di Riso was actually somewhat bland and had a horrifyingly overpowering taste of olive.
I mean, not just a little bit of olive, but like BAM right in your entire palate sorta olive.
- It was like eating Olive Flavored Olive Soup, with a side if Olives.
As for the Beef Medallions in Gelatin, oh my what a treat! They were quality cuts of beef, and they tasted like a cross between corned beef, beef jerky, and summer sausage. The fat marbling throughout it gave it a nice enhancement to the already bold and savory beef flavor.
Ok, as for that gelatin - it's very flavorful as well, it was almost like a solidified beef stock. It was rather firm too, kinda hard to actually spread on a cracker - could be messy in the field unless you were kinda savvy eating a bit of cracker and then a quick follow-up with a spoonful of beef medallion and gelatin.
And as for the coffee, it was pretty delicious - a bold and full coffee flavor and really didn't taste like instant. Better than modern Taster's Choice - not as good as Coffee, Instant, Type 1.
Really, I have to say this whole Italian Ration was quite the set of "Sit Down" meals and not much in the way of quick "Grab & Go" foods.
Well, I could live with waking up, mixing a shot of that Cordial Alcohol into my canteen with a small amount of water and the cappuccino W/ a sugar packet or 2 with that Banana Flavored Cereal Bar.
Not the kinda components you'll just find on The Epicenter. Hah!
I just wish these were more readily available - truly a Holy Grail item for the ration enthusiast of any kind.