Feasting Everything Full of Antichi

That feeling when a Sarda Nonna cooks you lunch? Amazing. During our visit in Sardegna we had the pleasure of feasting with the Pinna Family, the makers . The feast was prepared by la Signora Carina (Caterina in the local dialect). When we first met Carina, we insisted that a plate of pasta would be enough…

Difficult Harvest for Italian Olive in 2016

The 2016 olive harvest has been challenging in Italy. Ok, not quite as hard as the infamous annus horribilis of 2014, but quite difficult. Overall, Italy produced less EVOO in 2016 than in 2015 due to bad weather; quick changes in temperature, from hot to cold, and heavy rains are no good for growing olives….

The Olive Oil Fridge Test is Nonsense

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a super food essential. Not only does good EVOO have the power to make any dish amazingly tasty, study after study consistently confirms its superior health benefits. Sadly, around 70% of EVOO sold in the USA is counterfeit (cut with other vegetable, nut, and seed oils). With EVOO fraud becoming more public…

Preserving Your Family Land When Everyone Around You is Selling

Did you read about our Sarda feast? While we were eating on the Pinna family’s farm in Sassari, we learned all about the beginnings of their agricultural family. As it turns out, Carina, the matriarch of the family,  did not want her children to become farmers. But, luckily for us, they did anyway and took…

Abandoned Olive Trees

The rate at which Italian olive groves are being abandoned is rising. The fact is that many Italians are no longer bothering to tend to their olive trees. Why? Well, the problem is that no one can compete with industrial oil producers. Big olive oil companies, some of whom have questionable sourcing/production practices, are able to sell…

60 Minutes on Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fraud

Italian extra virgin olive oil fraud is going mainstream. We couldn’t be more relived. This week, CBS’s 60 Minutes headlined a story about the seriously damaging EVOO fraud issue affecting the USA. The segment features our EVOO hero Tom Mueller, who estimates that up to 80% of EVOO in the USA is fake. Here is the…

One Flew Over the Cuoco’s Nest, Insalata di Riso Intern-Style

Here at Gustiamo, we bring our own lunches to share with friends on rustic tables. Last week, Intern Charlie made us some tasty Insalata di Riso, a popular, cold rice dish served on warm summer days. The creative cuoco that he is, Charlie offered to make many dishes. He suggested Pasta al Pomodoro, chicken marsala,…

Olio Capitale

Our very own Danielle had the magnificent opportunity to experience Olio Capitale in the beautiful city of Trieste. Olio Capitale is a food show dedicated to extra virgin olive oil! This was its 10th annual exposition, and the turnout was extraordinary: 250 producers of EVOO with 12,000 visitors from 33 countries. Danielle spent 3 days talking about Gustiamo and…

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…

The Black Year of Italian Olive Oil

To say that the olive harvest in Italy this year was a “bad harvest” would be a great understatement. La Repubblica, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, has reported that overall, Italy is producing 37% less olives this year, with 45% less in the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The fault is of the wacky…