Sicily wins GOLD

Ladies & Gents! Signore e Signori! We’ve got some shiny + exciting news to share. We won the GOLD PRIZE in a VERY IMPORTANT food competition. It’s the Fancy Food Show’s Sofi Awards. This is how the competition works: 3,200 food products entered 100% judged by blind tasting 28 gold winners chosen Our Pianogrillo Salsa…

Pianogrillo Wins A Gold Sofi!

This year’s Fancy Food Show Sofi Awards were special. More special than years past. Why’s that? Well, it’s because of the new and improved selection process. This year, for the first time ever, the judging criteria was based 70% on taste and 30% on ingredient quality. Ding ding ding. We have a winner! Pianogrillo Salsa Pronta,…

The Sicilian Famiglia

  Lorenzo Piccione, aka Signore Pianogrillo, was just here in NYC. He brought his whole family. The look on little Cecilia’s face when she saw her family’s products lining the Gusti warehouse aisles was priceless. With Lorenzo, we visited our favorite restaurants who rely on his Pianogrillo products (doesn’t he look like such a NYer…

Now, from Sicily! Pianogrillo New Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

We know, we know, two EVOO newsletters in a row. We couldn’t help ourselves! New harvest Pianogrillo just came through our door and we need to shout it to the world. Our 2015-16 Sicilian EVOO is here and it is outstanding! Not to mention, we’ve heard from so many of you Pianogrillo lovers that this…

The Latest & Greatest from Sicily: Pianogrillo Salsa Pronta

Pronta per Salsa Pronta! Presenting, for its first time ever in the USA, Pianogrillo’s Cherry Tomato Sauce. This is Italy’s best ready to eat tomato sauce! It’s made with Sicilian Cherry Tomatoes and it’s so sweet, you’ll think that there is added sugar, but no! These Sicilian Cherry Tomatoes are just that sweet, there isn’t…

Gustiamo on Camera Fighting Fake Olive Oil

Attention tutti! Put the popcorn in the microwave, grab a blanket, and sit back, relax and enjoy watching Farm to Table visits the Gustiamo Warehouse. After hearing about a UC Davis study that shows 70% of olive oil here in America isn’t authentic, Chef Jerry and Heather from Stone House stopped by our headquarters in the…

Nancy Harmon Jenkins: Virgin Territory

The latest masterpiece by Nancy Harmon Jenkins is out. Virgin Territory is the kind of book you can read cover to cover. It is full of recipes, stories, and information. This book reminds us that the base of Mediterranean cooking is extra virgin olive oil. Let me rephrase that: the base of Mediterranean cooking is GOOD extra virgin olive oil. The…

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…

Tondo Oil from Tonda Iblea

Tanti auguri to Lorenzo who started to harvest his olives on October 10th. He initially said Oct 1, in this video, but had to postpone because of the heavy rains, in Sicily. He also said the olives had not reached the “invaiatura” stage, or “veraison”, or, in simple English, they were not ready. I just…

Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gelato

Pastry Chef Eileen Guastella blew us away with her EVOO gelato. If anyone knows how to work olive oil into a sweet dish, it is Eileen; she apprenticed at Caffe’ Sicilia under the tutelage of legendary Corrado Assenza. We are so lucky that she is so willing to share her recipe with all of us. …