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…

Mandorla Means Almond

Almonds are a protagonist ingredient in Sicily’s culinary heritage. They have been cultivated on the island of Sicily for thousands of years. Sicily provides the perfect terroir for almonds to thrive and grow with intense flavors. Many of Sicily’s native almond varieties like Romana Almonds and Pizzuta Almonds were never hybridized. Why does it matter that…

Gustiamo on Rachael Ray Every Day

Our founder and president, Beatrice is in the Rachael Ray Magazine serving the very best Italian food pantry advice. As the wonderful Geraldine Campbell writes, “Beatrice Ughi, a native of Naples, Italy, and the founder of the online shop Gustiamo, shares five products from Italy that are worth the splurge.” First on Beatrice’s list is Faella…

Sicilian Pizzuta Almonds

Meet Pizzuta. They’re an iconic Sicilian almond variety. Pizzuta Almonds come from the Avola area of Sicily. Think, Nero d’Avola wine. It’s the same Avola! The Pizzuta almond variety was brought to Sicily by the Ancient Greeks and has been just about the same ever since.  The Pizzuta variety has never been hybridized. It’s an admirably resilient almond…

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…

Pesto alla Trapanese with Busiate Pasta

Busiate and Pesto alla Trapanese are a Sicilian match made in heaven. It makes sense, after all, both this pasta shape and this pasta condiment originate from the Trapani area of Sicily. Try it for yourself! Serves 4-6

Carlo Assenza, Grazie di Tutto

We are so sad to be here, writing about the passing of Carlo Assenza. Carlo was our friend and a esteemed crusader for the Sicilian Almond. Carlo was one half of a two person team. Thanks to Carlo and his brother Corrado Assenza the world has Caffe’ Sicilia, in Noto, Sicily. Caffe’ Sicilia is more…

Green gold from the base of the Volcano

The latest from the New York Times adventures in Italy: Florence Fabricant in Sicily exploring the world of Bronte Pistachios! Nunzio Caudullo of the Antonio Caudullo Pistachio Company, showed her around Bronte as they explored the “green gold from the base of the volcano,” pistachios! In her article, Fabricant compares Bronte Pistachios to Californa Pistachios:…