Fricasseed chicken with Piennolo Tomatoes and Taggiasca Olives

The first person we looked to for cooking advice after our first shipment of Taggiasca Olives arrived was Victor Hazan. He told us that “Marcella had a fricasseed chicken recipe that called for olive taggiasche. It was one of her many beloved chicken dishes. It’s on page 273 of MARCELLA CUCINA.” We were especially excited about…

Pasta con la Bottarga

Before you start to tell us that you don’t like fishy flavors, hear us out. We have served this dish to people who didn’t even realize they were eating fish. This pasta dish is a true marriage of Mediterranean flavors and it’s the bottarga that brings them all together, with its umami flavor. So umami….

Spaghetti con la Colatura

Raffaella Nettuno makes Gustiamo’s Colatura (best Colatura you ever tasted). This is her special and secret recipe for Spaghetti con la Colatura. Delicious and very easy to prepare. You just need to know how to boil water. (serves 4-6)

Pasta with Caperberries, Hake, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Gustiamo is on a caperberry kick. We can’t stop cooking with them; we’ve been adding caperberries to just about everything lately. When our friend, Chef Silvia Barban of LaRina, heard about our caperberry obsession, she created this pasta recipe for us. For this amazing pasta dish, Chef Silvia uses sun dried tomatoes from Maida Farm and a…

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

Pasta e ceci alla Romana

Pasta with chickpeas is a classic. One of the reasons we love this dish is because it perfectly represents the idea of “cucina povera.” There are several variations of this pasta dish, but the Roman one is our favorite! Pasta e ceci alla Romana uses anchovies and tomato concentrate, which make it especially flavorful. Serves…

Red Rice Salad with Raisins, Saba, Pine Nuts, and Mint

This rice salad is earthy, fresh, and sweet. That’s the earthiness of the red rice + the coniferous essence of the pine nuts, the freshness of the mint, and the sweetness of the Zibibbo raisins and Saba.  Bonus, it’s fast, simple, and can be prepared the day before.

Fudgy Chocolate-Hazelnut Brownies

This brownie recipe celebrates the chocolate creations of Marco Colzani. These are fantastically fudgy brownies made with his dark chocolate and chocolate hazelnut spread. This recipe also uses real hazelnuts from Piemonte, the same hazelnuts that Marco uses in his chocolate hazelnut spread.

Busiate with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

This one is a wintertime favorite suggested to us by Filippo Drago in Sicily. It’s the busiate that make this dish. Something about their rustic nuttiness pairs perfectly with the sausage and broccoli rabe.