Pianogrillo EV Olive Oil Goes to Aspen!

Carlo Mirarchi of venerable Roberta’s in Brooklyn, was nominated Best New Chef 2011 and he is going to the Food & Wine Classics in Aspen to receive the well deserved award and to cook for food gods like Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, Danny Meyer… this Saturday. Congratulations!!! Carlo is not going alone, he is bringing…

Welcome Gustiamo’s New Entries from Maida Farm: Papaccelle and Cipollotto!

Papaccelle and Cipollotto Nocerino are two new products Gustiamo started to import from the Maida Vastola farm. Left, Beatrice between Francesco Vastola and Fabrizio, his son. Ever heard of Papaccelle and Cipollotto? What are they? No doubt, Gustiamo is the only crazy importer of this rare stuff. They are vegetables, both protected by Slow Food…

Marco Stabile and Ora D’Aria, An Amazing Restaurant in Firenze

I just had my second spiritual experience in a restaurant, after Le Calandre, but this one is not worth a detour because it’s located in the center of Florence! So, you have it, if you go to Italy, of course you go to Florence! No need to detour. It is called Ora D’Aria, literally, an…

Come to Taste with Gustiamo

Every year I go to Taste, the artisanal food show in Florence. I love the old and beautifully renovated Stazione Leopolda, where it is located! I love the Michelangelo Hotel, across the street, where I always stay! I love Davide Paolini‘s selection of Italian food artisans! I love to meet so many of our producers!…

MAXXI Caffetteria – The Best Food Secret in Roma, Until Now!

MAXXI is the new museum of Roma and a creation of world famous architect and Pritzker winner, Zaha Hadid. It is located in Quartiere Flaminio, near the Tevere and it blends perfectly with the old traditional and conservative neighborhood. MA (Museum of Art) XXI (twentyfirst century) is a beautiful work of art, it took only…

The Farmers’ Market in Roma – Campagna Amica

After we select our producers, we continuously check on them to make sure they keep up with our highest quality standards. We do the same with the places we recommend. This time it’s the turn of Mercato di Roma, near Circo Massimo. It’s an indoor market, located in a beautiful building which once was the…

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…

Italy Hotline, Your Secret Door to Italy

It was such a pleasure to be with Sienna Reid, this past weekend, at her booth at the NYTimes Travel Show in NYC. Her company, Italy Hotline, is based in Roma and offers customized tours to Italy, many of which are focused on food and wine. Hard to believe, Italy Hotline was one of the…

Gabriele Riva, the Pastry Chef at Nobu

Stefano and I went to make our first delivery to legendary Nobu restaurant on 57th streed in NYC and had a lovely chat with its amazing pastry chef, Gabriele Riva (left in the picture, with Stefano). So young and so accomplished, already! How is it possible? Gabriele started when he was a kid. Instead of…

The Switch from French to Italian – Where Did the French Go?

In the 20 years I’ve been living in America, the switch of interest from French to Italian cuisine is really mind boggling. Twenty years ago, everything cool was French; now you have to struggle to find or hear of a French restaurant or chef. We Italians, of course, are delighted; everybody is speaking our language….