EVOO protects brain

You should be drizzling Extra Virgin Olive Oil on ALL your food. Not only does it tastes so good with almost every dish, but there are numerous health benefits. Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) just published a study showing new health benefits connected to EVOO consumption.  Their research proves that…

Grano Duro and Grano Tenero. What’s the difference?

Grano Duro and Grano Tenero. We hear about these wheats all the time. Why do they cause so much confusion? We have been talking a lot about this distinction with our miller Filippo Drago and also with our friends at Mulino Marino in Piemonte. We finally have cleared up our confusion and it is really not that difficult….

Ingredienti by Marcella + Victor Hazan

Read this book. It’s the latest from Victor and Marcella Hazan. It’s the kind of book you can read cover to cover. It’ll make you feel like you’ve been cooking by Marcella’s side for years. What do we love most about Ingredienti? We love Marcella’s no nonsense attitude toward food. Use the right ingredients or don’t…

Gustiamo at the Center for Italian Modern Art

We are very proud to be part of the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) community. After all, we are strong believers in the link between food and art. CIMA does very important work, promoting Italian artists and creating a space for art lovers and students to appreciate and discuss Italian art. We had the honor of…

Canned Tomato Talk in the NYTimes

The NYTimes is talking about one of our favorite subjects, canned tomatoes. It’s always a subject that causes perplexity. Are canned tomatoes really better than fresh tomatoes? Are imported tomatoes better? In this article, two of our favorite people in food, Julia Moskin and Sara Jenkins make Ragù and hash out the tomato situation. “Canned tomatoes…

Vannulo, La Decrescita Felice, and Happy Buffalo

The first thing Beatrice told me after our visit with Antonio Palmieri was that if she were born a buffalo, she would want to be a buffalo on Vannulo farm. The conditions that these buffalo live in are spectacular. Better than most New Yorkers. Each buffalo has their own resting area on cushy rubber mats; we are told…

Trading Italy’s Best Foods for Best Pixels

Introduced to Gustiamo by Sara Jenkins a few months ago (thank you Sara!!!), Shantanu paid us a visit last Monday. Shantanu is a professional photographer. The deal was: he would take photos, we would give him food. It was much more than that. It was an inspiring experience for all of us. Shantanu is a…

A Mediterranean Diet

A Mediterranean Diet rich in extra virgin olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruit & vegetables reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths by 30%. What are you waiting for? Read this article and live longer and better! We want to make sure all our friends read Gina Kolata’s article on the front page…

Top 5 best qualities to look for in EV Olive Oil

THE extra virgin olive oil man, Stefano Noceti, gave you his Top5 most common extra virgin olive oil mistakes,  now, he is back at you with a more optimistic Top5. 1. EVOO should taste like a fresh squeezed olive. If you are not sure what that means, we suggest you visit Italy in early fall…

Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Argentina – Olio Casiraghi

Gustiamo (all of us) went to the Consulate of Argentina, the other evening, to taste some of that country’s best extra virgin olive oils. God forbid you should think we are only  partial to Italian olive oils! This young man is Victorio Piuzzi and he makes Olio Casiraghi in Mendoza. Casiraghi is the name of…