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…

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…

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…

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…

Sweetest Season in Italy + Amazing Antipasto Idea

Fig season! Gustiamo’s Danielle was there, in Campania, helping the Vastola family make their stunning White DOP Cilento Fig Extra Jam! What impressed Danielle the most? Well, just how much the fig, straight from the tree, resembles the jam she has eaten so many times at Gustiamo in the Bronx. An unmistakable flavor profile. What…

Postcard from Fig Season, Maida Farm in Campania

We just cannot stay away from magnificent Campania! This episode of “Gustiamo and Friends go to Campania” brings us to Maida Farm, near Paestum, where Gustiamo’s Danielle got a full dose of summer figs. White Cilento Figs to be exact. Danielle spent the day with the Vastola Family on Maida Farm, picking figs and making jam….

Expired Products in the Warehouse? NOOO, the Producer Made a Mistake!

You’ve got to love them! Yes, in order to work with our producers, you really really must love them. They do make fantastic products and they are wonderful people, but OMG, their admin, logistics, and marketing skills leave so much to be desired! One of Gustiamo’s most recurring problems is products with the wrong “Best…