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.

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….

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.

Bottarga Chickpea Spread

Yes, this recipe is essentially bottarga hummus. Glorious tahini-less hummus. We have been making it all summer. We are kind of obsessed. This recipe is facilissima e buonissima! So simple and so delicious. We first learned it from the wonderful Stefania Barzini. Stefania, thank you for introducing us and all of our friends to the chickpea + bottarga combination. It…

Faith Willinger’s Recipe for La Subida Vinegar + Honey Sorbetto

If you have ever had the extreme privilege of dining at La Subida, you were most certainly impressed by the Vinegar Honey Sorbetto. Of course, La Subida is home to Sirk vinegar production and everything that they do with Sirk vinegar is exquisite. This sorbetto included. Try this recipe, it is beyond refreshing. This recipe is…

The Balsamic Cocktail

In this picture, Vittorio is enjoying a cold cocktail on a hot day under vines in Vignola, Modena. Vittorio, along with his daughter Mariangela are balsamic making masters. They make beautiful Balsamic Vinegar. Jokingly, we like to call this cocktail, “The Modena Sunset.” It is essentially a balsamic spritz. It is light and fresh. It…

Italian Black Rice Salad with Vinaigrette

This Black Rice Salad is our Gusti take on this Bon Appetit recipe. It’s a wonderful summer dish. Best of all, after you nail the rice and the vinegar dressing, you can have fun adding your own ingredients based on what you’ve got. Serves 4-6

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

Garrubbo Guide: Spaghetti con Alici (Anchovies)

Ed Garrubbo asks the question, “who doesn’t love a lovely little anchovy? Especially those caught fresh off Salerno.” Ed knows anchovies from Cetara are the best! That is why he uses them in his recipe for Spaghetti con Alici. Anchovies have the power to add a huge flavor kick to whatever you cook. Especially pasta! Here’s his…

In Slate: The Italian Anchovy Juice That Might Change Your Life

Slate Magazine has caught the colatura bug! In this recent article, Bill Tonelli praises the glory of colatura. He literally cannot say enough good things about colatura. He also credits one of our favorite food writers, Erica De Mane, as being an early adapter of colatura in her blog piece where she refers to it as “an elegant,…