Risotto: Carnaroli vs. Vialone Nano

Gazzani has been growing and milling rice in Vigasio, near Verona, since 1648, where sandy soil and abundant spring water have created the perfect conditions for rice cultivation. Gazzani only grows 2 varieties of rice:  Carnaroli and Vialone Nano. Vialone Nano Vialone Nano rice was invented in 1937, a crossbreed between the Vialone and Nano…

Gustiamo on Crain’s Business

We just recently had the Crain’s Business New York team pay us a visit up in the Bronx to talk about the challenges of the food importing world. Anti-dumping tariffs, duties, and skyrocketing insurance rates: the recent news are not exactly comforting. At Gustiamo we’ve been raving about this infuriating topic for a while, and…

Olive Harvest 2019/2020: a sneak peek

We’re just a couple of days into September, and we are already wondering what the new harvest olive oils will taste like. Technically, the official start of the olive harvest in Italy is scheduled for the end of this month. But depending on the season, each producer will make their way to the fields at different times,…

Summer farro salad agrodolce

Mediterranean flavors like olives, tomatoes, and capers can combine together in endless recipe variations. This salad recipe is bright, nutty, and perfect for summer. It also provides an interesting variation on the ubiquitous Mediterranean trio of olives, tomatoes, and capers by adding balsamic saba 6 for an agrodolce kick.

Slow Food Certified Vessalico Garlic in Our Rossi Pesto

There are many ingredients in our Pesto Genovese from Roberto Panizza’s Rossi 1947 that make it special. For example, the real Italian pine nuts that Roberto uses bring a key flavor element to his pesto. Another essential ingredient is the garlic variety that Roberto uses in his pesto, grown in a small town called Vessalico. Roberto’s team describes this…

CIBO Bologna, chef Stefano

In the very city center of Bologna, under one of the iconic portico walks, there is a little corner of Gusti products. It’s CIBO – Culinary Institute of Bologna, the cooking school of our friend Chef Stefano Corvucci. Traditional techniques and excellent ingredients are Stefano’s core values: everyday he starts his cooking classes in Bologna’s…

Rabbit Cacciatora by Stefano Corvucci

The first time that we tried this dish we were in Bologna at chef Stefano Corvucci’s cooking school. We couldn’t believe that a recipe this simple could result in such sophisticated flavors. Chef Stefano has been our friend for many years. At his cooking school CIBO, the culinary institute of Bologna, Stefano specializes in making complex…

Gola Italian Food Podcast

We are into Katie Parla and Danielle Callegari’s podcast Gola, all about Italian food. Have you listened to it yet?  We really enjoy this podcast because many of the episodes get to the heart of the issues most important to us. For example, this week Katie and Danielle discuss monoculture, agriculture, and culture all relative to…

Italian Umami

Describing taste is a tricky task. How can we use language to articulate the sensations of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter without using those exact terms? What about umami, the 5th and most elusive taste? This is an even trickier task. Umami (from the Japanese “umai”) means tastiness and deliciousness. Broadly speaking, umami can be…

The Mistreatment of Hazelnut Workers in Turkey

We’ve known for a long time that Nutella contains palm oil, a very problematic ingredient. David Segal’s recent article in The New York Times on hazelnut farms in Turkey has opened our eyes to further issues with Nutella; this time surrounding the mistreatment of workers who harvest the hazelnuts used to make Nutella and other popular products.  “About 70 percent…