Orzo with Porcini, the Recipe

Porcini Mushrooms are an autumn essential in the Italian kitchen. As soon as you start prepping the ingredients for this recipe, your kitchen will immediately be filled with the impressively powerful smell of the best mushrooms in the world: Porcini from Borgotaro in Emilia Romagna, a hidden valley about 2 hours west of Bologna.  These Borgotaro Porcini…

Orzo with Porcini Mushrooms

We can’t get enough of the powerful umami flavor of dried porcini mushrooms. But there’s a cooking trick to get all the depth of mushroom-y aromas out of them. We always soak the porcini in abundant water, extracting what looks like a very dark and incredibly intense broth. That’s a game changer! The rustic grains…

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…

Gemelli with Porcini Mushrooms

We’ve been eating gemelli pasta with porcini mushrooms all winter. This pasta is just the right combination of earthy and creamy. It is the kind of pasta that mushroom lovers dream about. Our porcini mushrooms from Borgo Val di Taro are really the star of this dish.

These Mushrooms

Dried porcini mushrooms should be intense, rich, and earthy. They should offer your taste buds an all encompassing umami experience. Just a few pieces of dried porcini should go a very long way.   Have you ever tried our porcini? Let us tell you just how strong they are. Today, a shipment of these mushrooms arrived to our warehouse. Within minutes of…

Dry Porcini Mushrooms

Why should you always keep Porcini in your pantry?  Porcini have a reputation for being the most rewarding mushrooms to cook with. You can add them to just about any savory dish. They always bring a full-flavored richness. Think about adding Porcini to your Brussels sprouts, roasted chicken, pot roast, shepherd’s pie, baked salmon, creamy pasta dishes. EVERYTHING…

Farrotto with Porcini

We are writing this post while beautiful February snow piles up on our warehouse windowsill. Just like risotto, farrotto is a perfect wintertime dish. But farrotto’s flavor profile is a whole ‘nother ballgame. Farrotto is more rustic, it is rich with nutty flavor. This dish tastes of whole grain goodness. Serves 4-5 people

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini

This is our Gustiamo family recipe for Risotto ai Funghi Porcini. It was even featured in the New York Times! «In Italian, we use the phrase “donna in carriera”, which means “career woman”. That was me when I moved from Rome to the Upper West Side, 20-something years ago. I didn’t know how to cook anything….

Dry Porcini Mushrooms Certified (IGP) from Borgotaro & Risotto

How does it feel to be selected as one of only 30 Best Family Recipes by the NYTimes? It feels wonderful, like winning the Oscars. The recipe is Risotto ai Funghi Porcini and, even if it is not in your family, let us assure you, it is the easiest and most delicious… click here to read…

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini in the NYTimes

How does it feel to be selected as one among only 50 Best Family recipes by the NYTimes? It feels wonderful, like we won the Oscars. The recipe is Risotto ai Funghi Porcini and, even if it is not in your family, let me assure you, it is the easiest and most delicious. As the NYTimes…