It’s Caper Season in Pantelleria

Caper season is in full swing on the tiny island of Pantelleria, in Sicilia. When it comes to the iconic Pantelleria caper plant, aka spinosa nocellara, we eat the flower bud, the leaf, and the fruit. Yes, all of that is fully edible and each part is harvested at peak of ripeness following the cycle of…

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)…

Gustiamo on Rachael Ray Every Day

Our founder and president, Beatrice is in the Rachael Ray Magazine serving the very best Italian food pantry advice. As the wonderful Geraldine Campbell writes, “Beatrice Ughi, a native of Naples, Italy, and the founder of the online shop Gustiamo, shares five products from Italy that are worth the splurge.” First on Beatrice’s list is Faella…

Let’s talk about caper leaves!

Let’s talk about edible leaves. By now you must know that we, Gustiamo, have a thing for Capers, Caperberries, and the beautiful Island of Pantelleria. When Gabriele, from La Nicchia, first introduced us to Caper Leaves, we were immediately keen on having another way to add capery flavor to our lives. These caper leaves are from Pantelleria, the tiny island between…

Caper Talk on Heritage Radio Network

This year Gustiamo was a proud sponsor of the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn. We were there with the caper dude, Gabriele Lasagni of La Nicchia in Pantelleria. He sat down with Kat from Heritage Radio Network to talk about his capers, caperberries, and Zibibbo grape products in the USA. Gabriele says: “I have worked with…

Visiting La Nicchia Pantelleria

Gustiamo brings you the best foods from the hardest to reach places in Italy. Pantelleria, might be the hardest to reach of them all! Sure, it is only a 35 minute flight from Palermo, but to actually have a plane LAND there is another story. Pantelleria is one of the windiest places in Italy. In…

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…

Cucunci

Capers + Caperberries WHAT IS A CAPER? WHAT IS A CAPERBERRY? We’re sure you’ve noticed. Capers and caperberries are trending right now. Lots of people are experimenting with our capers and caperberries for the first time, with magnificent results! They are remarkable little flavor gems. In fact, capers and caperberries have long been the secret ingredients for many of our…

Pantelleria – the island of capers

“The best capers in the world come from Pantelleria,” says Great Italian Chefs. They recently published a fantastic photographic account of caper culture in Pantelleria. They say, “for the foodies of the world, it isn’t the peace and quiet that makes it such a magical place – it’s the capers, found growing from every nook…

Zibibbo Citrus Cocktail

When the Zibibbo grape was featured by Florence Fabricant in the NYTimes, we were inspired. We were so inspired that we invented a one-of-a-kind drink: The Zibibbo Citrus Cocktail. It is buonissimo. We served it at a very special Sicilian dinner that we hosted in our warehouse. It was a big hit. We originally choose not to…