Not Your Normal Sicilian Jams

Caffe’ Sicilia’s fruit in a jar Corrado Assenza’s jams and marmalades offer the unexpected. We like to think of these as the the “orange wine” of the marmalade world, full of sharp and surprising flavors. These jams and marmalades are made with no tricks: they have absolutely no pectin, no citric acid, or lemon juice. They…

Crostata with Jam and Marmalade

This recipe comes from Beatrice’s niece, Maria, who was born, raised, and currently lives in Siena. “If she can make an excellent crostata, I can do it, too,” Beatrice says about her niece, who can’t boil an egg. We actually love crostata for exactly that reason, because it is easy and it only takes a…

Cardoon Honey at the James Beard House

Holly Smith is the chef-owner of Cafe Juanita, in Seattle WA., an excellent restaurant because Holly is a very creative chef and because she buys the best ingredients available, many from us. One of the products she buys is cardoon honey by Liccu Manias from Sardegna. She was invited to cook a benefit dinner at the end of March at…

Alice Waters Stayed Here and She Loved the San Matteo Jams

  The Hotel Victoria in Torino is in the center, near Piazza San Carlo; it has 100 rooms, but it feels like a small townhouse. It is an oasis of tranquillity, near everything there is to do and see in Torino. The same family still runs the hotel since it opened in 1961 and recently completed extensive renovations, which…

On La Cucina Italiana: Where to Order Italian Groceries from Home

For decades La Cucina Italiana has been a reference point for all the curious minds wanting to explore the conviviality of the Italian food culture. We are very glad that they are back with a refreshed and redesigned version of their magazine, in print and online. Through inspiring stories and authentic recipes, La Cucina Italiana…

Bergamot, Citron, Mandarin, Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Apricot.

These marmalades + jams bring you the story of Corrado Assenza’s passion for Sicilian ingredients. They are tree to jar, made only with the best fruit Corrado sources from his trusted Sicilian farmer friends. Thanks to the inspiring Netflix Chef’s Table episode about Corrado’s Caffè Sicilia in Noto, you can see for yourself what we mean. Have…

Corrado Assenza on Netflix

Have you watched the new season of Chef’s table on Netflix? It is not to be missed, especially that second episode starring Corrado Assenza from Caffe’ Sicilia. The episode is magical. It is enticing and inspiring, just like Corrado. In fact, Corrado has been a source of Gustiamo’s good food inspiration for decades! Gustiamo has…

Eat These. Live Forever.

Did you read that NYTimes article the other day? The one that talked about how people in Cilento live practically forever? “Abundant sunshine and clean air keep people outdoors, swimming at beaches or climbing the steep hills that ripple along the Cilento Coast, south of Naples.” Those people eat these figs. Figs are a quintessential part…

My 2015 Summer Internship

This post was written by Charlie, our 2015 summer intern. Charlie is a precocious 17 year old from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. We were very grateful to have his help and, as you can see, we had a lot of fun! This is what Charlie has to say about his Gusti…

The answer to Italian ingredients prayers, Gustiamo in Swide

Gustiamo is the answer to New Yorkers’ Italian ingredients prayers! And to the rest of the USA’s prayers as well, we might add. Swide.com published an article promoting some of the best places in New York to buy real, authentic Italian ingredients and food. They say: “This Bronx-based wholesaler [Gustiamo] sells online to the public…