From Lazio and Liguria, New Olive Oil

The USA has kicked off the New Year with some spunk! Everyone is buzzing about the 60 Minutes EVOO Fraud piece, which always brings up the inevitable question… Where to buy real, good Italian EVOO? Eccoci! These are our two latest oils to arrive. The New Harvest, 2015-16 oil, continues to impress us. These EVOOs are…

Marcella Hazan’s Purgatorio Bean & Barley Soup

Marcella Hazan always knows what we need. When we flipped through this recipe in “Marcella Cucina,” there was no doubt that it’s exactly what frigid winter 2015 calls for. Here Purgatorio Bean & Barley Soup (adapted from Marcella Hazan)! Serves 4-6 people

New Harvest 2014/15 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From north to south, 2014/15 New Harvest EVOOs are here. From near Genova, Benza is our most beautifully delicate olive oil of 2015, with aromas of pine nuts and very slight spiciness on the finish. From outside of Rome, Cru di Crues is our most green tasting EVOO, with aromas of herbs and a medium…

Cibus 2014

Gustiamo never stops! Not long after our extra virgin olive oil adventure in Molise, we headed north to Parma. Our visit to Cibus 2014 was a whirlwind of a trip, but absolutely fantastic and full of excellent food and amazing people. We started our visit chatting with Rosalba and Alessandro from La Valletta (top left)….

New Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From Sicily comes Pianogrillo EVOO, made by Lorenzo Piccione with 100% Tonda Iblea olives. Buy New Harvest Pianogrillo $34.74 500 ml – 16.9 oz In Molise, Francesco & Pia Travaglini make Il Tratturello EVOO with 100% Gentile di Larino olives. Buy New Harvest Il Tratturello  $42.00 750 ml – 25.3 oz From the heart of Abruzzo…

MESCIUA: A SECRET SPEZIA-LITY

From our good friend Steve Maslow, who loves Italy, in particular the region of Liguria, and Gustiamo! Mesciua is a typical recipe from La Spezia, Liguria. All the ingredients in this recipe are carried by Gustiamo. Perfect! This is Steve’s lovely article: Foodies, poets and musicians have loved La Spezia at least since Ancient times:…

Gustiamo, Whole Foods and SEIZE THE MOMENT!!!

Everyone at Whole Foods has been fantastic! They were our best supporters, in particular after they tasted the olive oil,  learned the story behind it and met the producers. Left, is Johan with Nicola Bovoli of Vicopisano. The people who work at Whole Foods know their stuff and they were all excited with having such…

Whole Foods and Gustiamo: Seize the Moment!

In case you follow the Market (the stock market, i mean), you certainly have noticed the impressive performance of WFMI (Whole Foods Market, for us mortals) in the past 4 months! It was under $35 in early October, 2010; it is now almost $60!!! What happened? The financial world must have heard Whole Foods was…

Buonolio from Liguria, 100% Taggiasca and Do Good for Liguria

  Gigi Benza and his mother Claretta make the BuonOlio EV Olive Oil. It is not just Buono; it is Buonissimo!!! How do we find new producers, friends ask. It varies; in this case, a few years ago, we wanted to include a Ligurian Oil, in our most discriminate “carta degli olii italiani” and we…