Almonds from Noto Are Disappearing. How Local Is That?

The Noto almonds are incredible (read why here) and the trees are beautiful. The famous almond trees of Noto, Sicily would disappear if not for the passionate work of the Assenza brothers, who select only the authentic almonds from Noto. Gustiamo imports only these into America. Try them once, and see/taste the difference.   This…

Caffe’ Sicilia’s Nougats

The torrone from Caffe’ Sicilia is special. It is certainly a Christmas MUST HAVE, and it is wonderful any day of the year! One reason it is so special is because unlike other nougat traditions coming out of Italy, this torrone is soft and malleable without being gummy or tacky. Another reason why it is…

Caffe’ Sicilia and the Perfect Easiest Crostata

The Caffe’ Sicilia menu is the size and weight of a small novel; the kind of thing that might constitute a great “beach read”. One of the most interesting things on this massive menu is “Pane & cioccolato con frutta”, a gelato/sorbet dish that features the fruit jams and marmalades they make right in the…

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…

If You Are a Serious Cook, These Almonds Are for You – From Noto, Sicilia

Last week, in the NYTimes, Florence Fabricant compares Sicilian Noto Almonds to “other” almonds and writes: “Fat, buttery Marcona almonds have become the stars of the nibble bowl. But serious cooks, and those with sophisticated taste buds that welcome bitterness, might consider distinctive almonds from Sicily. These are dry in texture, not oily, slightly wrinkled…

Caffe’ Sicilia, the Pastry Shop Inside and Outside

After the NYTimes article, everybody is talking about Caffe’ Sicilia, in Noto. What is it? It’s a pastry shop on the main “Corso” of Noto, a baroque town perched on a hill between Catania and Ragusa. The Caffe’ is open to the public and you can taste their wonderful ice creams, granite, cassate, nougats and…

Almond Milk – Milking the Almond for All its Worth

With the alternative milk craze in the USA, you may not realize that Almond Milk is a traditional Sicilian treat used in many recipes as well as consumed alone as a refreshing drink. At Caffe’ Sicilia in Noto, Sicily, fresh almond milk is on the menu right next to your typical Italian caffe’ refreshments. We love to…

From Danielle: EV Olive Oils and Green Almonds

Our friend Danielle (left), who lives in Palermo and loves authentic Italian foods, takes me to explore Capo Market in Palermo (Beautiful!) and writes this lovely article, below. From Sicilian EV Olive Oil to Sicilian green almonds, in season now and in abundance at Capo! “At Gustiamo, we pair our Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)…

Corrado Assenza Uses Only Authentic Sicilian Products

Almonds and pistachos in the market are grown mainly in Iran and California. They are cheap and tasteless (read here why). On the other hand, the Pistachos from Bronte and Almonds from Noto are the highest expression of these nuts. I’d never met Concetto Scardace, the almond farmer from Noto, before; he had no idea…