Chef Ciccio Sultano & NYTimes Paul Greenberg Hang Out in Catania

We love bringing people together. This was one of our big match-making success stories. Chef Cicco and author and NYTimes writer Paul Greenberg, met up in Catania to talk (and eat!) fish. Cicco writes in his blog: “Ciccio Sultano and journalist Paul Greenberg‘s meeting took place thanks to Beatrice Ughi from Gustiamo – Italy’s Best Food a…

Celebrating at Roscioli

When you walk in to Roscioli in Rome you might get the impression that Gustiamo did their buying. We carry so many of the same products, from Martelli to Tre Torri, Faella, Pianogrillo… the list goes on and on! What we can we say, Gustiamo and Roscioli both have an eye for picking out Italy’s Best…

Massimo Bottura in Brooklyn

Team Gustiamo had the extreme pleasure of meeting Chef Massimo Bottura at the Brooklyn Kitchen. Here he is, applauding our friend Chef Carlo Mirachi of Roberta’s for his outstanding porchetta. We were applauding too. We spent a delightful Sunday afternoon drinking lambrusco, catching up with our friends at The Brooklyn Kitchen, and chewing the fat…

THIS is How You Make a Pizza

Enzo Coccia. We love this man. He is one of the most important pizza makers on the planet. Enzo’s home base is at his Pizzeria, Pizzeria La Notizia in Naples, and he is a major resource and a wealth of knowledge for aspiring pizzaioli and home pizza makers. One of the key secrets (not so secret) to…

Dedicated to All Pizzaioli – How Enzo Coccia Does It

We are going to share the Ultimate Pizza Secret. (At left, Il Pizzaiolo‘s Pizza – picture taken by Gustiamo 3 days ago in Pittsburgh.) When you prepare the tomato sauce for your pizza and you open the tin of San Marzano tomatoes, you MUST use all the content of the tin, both the tomatoes and…

Da Emilio – A True Roman Trattoria

This is Emilio, of Trattoria Da Emilio, in quartiere Trieste, in Roma. Emilio proudly shows a photograph of the late Aldo Fabrizi, one of the icons of Roman popular culture; he was an actor, a poet and a big gourmand. Aldo Fabrizi lived in the neighborhood and used to be a regular. Although Emilio has…

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…

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…

Massimiliano Alajmo of le Calandre from Padova to NYC

Chef Massimiliano Alajmo (my hero!) gave a demonstration at the Italian Cooking Academy. Although Massimiliano’s English is perfect, at his side Marisa Huff, his American assistant who lives in Padova, was a perfect translator and interpreter of Massimiliano’s world/words. Massimilano is such a great chef, it would have been nice if more of his peers…