San Marzano Pasta al Pomodoro

How do the people who live in San Marzano tomato country make Pasta al Pomodoro? In the simplest way possible, with the fewest ingredients! The secret is, use REAL San Marzano tomatoes and your Pasta al Pomodoro will shine every time. Pasta al Pomodoro (serves 6 people) Ingredients: Gemelli (500 gr – full bag) San Marzano Tomatoes…

The San Marzano Tomatoes You’ve Been Waiting For!

It’s been far too long, but now our favorite size of San Marzano Tomatoes is back at Gustiamo! Why do we love the 800 gram tin of San Marzano Tomatoes so much? Because it’s just the right amount to make Pasta al Pomodoro for the whole family. Need to refresh your Pasta al Pomodoro recipe?…

Fraud and Confusion Are Rampant with San Marzano Tomatoes! Says the NYTimes

The NYTimes article “Marinara worth mastering” starts with a simple “Marinara” recipe, but the message is much more important and is not subtle at all. Julia Moskin says it, exactly: “both fraud and confusion are now rampant in the business of selling San Marzano tomatoes”. Our conclusion: Please, buy your San Marzano tomatoes from a…

Tomatoes Made in Italy – Who Are We Kidding?

Shocking, shocking, absolutely shocking! So shocking, I had to watch this video three times, to make sure I was understanding it correctly. Yes, it is in Italian, but it says things so terrible, I needed to make sure. In this video Enrica Majo talks about tomatoes that are labelled “made in Italy”. Where do your tomatoes come…

Elizabeth Minchilli’s Secret to Great Pasta al Pomodoro

“I have the hardest time finding good San Marzano pelati in the States. I think I’ve tried every brand at Whole Foods. Bleh! Just not the same. For truly great imported pelati, you can order from Gustiamo.” Parole Sante (blessed words) from Elizabeth Minchilli in  tomato + rosemary {pasta}, her latest blog post, where she says that sometimes…

Gotcha

Last friday, May 17, Corriere della Sera, the leading Italian daily newspaper, ran an article by Antonio Castaldo about fake Italian DOP foods. Included was a photo of one of the culprits. I won’t name them – not elegant – but here they are (open this link)! WOW, Antonio, you have courage! Finally, the media…

Dedicated to All Pizzaioli – How Enzo Coccia Does It

We are going to share the Ultimate Pizza Secret. (At left, Il Pizzaiolo‘s Pizza – picture taken by Gustiamo 3 days ago in Pittsburgh.) When you prepare the tomato sauce for your pizza and you open the tin of San Marzano tomatoes, you MUST use all the content of the tin, both the tomatoes and…

It Would Be Illegal. In Europe

We’re talking, AGAIN, about the San Marzano tomatoes scandal. I just received the comment below from Salvo Agusta, a lawyer in Italy, who explains what DOP really means in Europe. This is our point: it would be illegal in Europe to label a product San Marzano, if it is not a real San Marzano Tomato….

Patsy Grimaldi Is Back in Town!

Remember Patsy’s? Remember Grimaldi’s? Legendary pizza places in NY! Patsy Grimaldi is now opening a new pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge, again. In exactly the same location as the original Grimaldi’s (later sold) was. Patsy is shopping for real San Marzano Tomatoes and came to see us in the Bronx. They said that all they…

From Danielle: Recapping the Tomato Scandal

Danielle is not only learning about the difference between REAL and FAKE Italian food products. She is getting angry and angrier. This is what she says about San Marzano tomatoes. “5 Facts You Should Know About San Marzano Tomatoes– Recapping the Tomato Scandal” 1. Who is the King of the Tomatoes? A true DOP San…