The Tomato-y, Shallot-y Pantry Pasta

We are big fans of Alison Roman, of her outspoken attitude and dedication to an unfussy and flexible cooking style. So, when her recipe for the tomato-y, shallot-y pasta you didn’t know you wanted made its first appearance in the New York Times, we couldn’t help but join the group of enthusiastic readers and give…

Bittman’s Pasta with Anchovies and Friarielli

When Mark Bittman holds a conversation about pasta with broccoli rabe and anchovies that starts with “trust me”, we have no other choice than just going ahead and giving it a try. Especially when the full tag line is “No cheese. You’ll never miss the sausage. Trust me.” We adapted the original recipe using Danicoop Friarielli,…

Sicilian Whole Wheat Pancakes

Our friend @saucesandwich_ came by the Gustiamo warehouse the other day and decided to treat himself to a big 5kg bag of Castelvetrano Flour from Sicily. Yes, he must really love stone milled, beyond whole wheat flour made of Sicilian ancient grains! So we weren’t surprised when he told us that he had a plan…

Pantesca Salad

The first time we prepared this salad inspired to Pantelleria’s flavor gems – capers – we were not in the tiny island of Pantelleria, in Sicily. We were actually  upstate New York, in New Paltz, at the dreamy farm of Ray Bradley. We were kicking off a new Gustiamo tradition: a Ferragosto (15th of August)…

From Bittman: Beer glazed black beans

This recipe was adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to cook everything. When we read about it in Mark’s weekly newsletter, we had to try it ourselves. This is what he has to say about cooking black beans with beer: It’s amazing how much flavor you get from adding a cup of beer to black beans,…

How to cook cicerchie

Cicerchie are one of the most ancient legumes of history: there’s proof of cicerchie beans in archaeological sites of the Fertile Crescent dating back to 8000 BC. They have an incredible resistance to droughts, so in tough times, people relied on cicerchie as their main sustenance for months. Forgotten for a long time, they are…

Pan di Saba, sweet bread

Chock full of nuts and dried fruits, this sweet bread is rich and festive. Saba is one of the oldest sweeteners of the Mediterranean area, so this recipe must have quite ancient origins. It’s one of those classic recycling creations that can be reinterpreted and adapted according to what leftovers of last night’s party you…

Pollo alla Saba (Chicken Vittorio Style)

This is a glorious version of your everyday recipe for chicken thighs. We tasted this recipe for the first time at Mariangela’s table, in Vignola. This recipe was invented and perfected by Vittorio, her father. Thanks to the combination of Balsamic Saba 3 and the sweet Saba, this pollo is an explosion of flavors: slightly…

Risotto zafferano and traditional balsamic vinegar

The whole saffron threads give to this risotto rich notes of dried fruit and flowers with a hint of smokiness. Vialone Nano is the perfect rice variety for this dish; it absorbs all the flavors and keeps them locked in its round grains. The best part of this recipe is finishing the creamy, golden risotto…

Agrodolce onions and frittata

These are two of our favorite recipes, because they work extraordinarily well both together and as separate dishes. That said, at Gustiamo we are on a one frittata per week schedule, so we will probably always choose to combine them. Because, let’s be honest, we all agree that nothing enhances the egg-y flavors of frittata…