Beans are Back

ALL the beans are here. from Bio Alberti in Umbria Walk, don’t run. We are fully stocked with Bio Alberti organic legumes from Umbria! These are the heirloom varieties that the Alberti family cultivates on their stunning organic farm outside of Perugia:  ✧ Creamy white Cannellini Beans ✧ ✦ Hearty Cicerchie (wild chickpeas) ✦ ✧ Classic buttery Borlotti Beans ✧ ✦ Tiny savory Chickpeas ✦…

Our Saffron in the New York Times

“In the Abruzzo region of Italy, harvesting the lucrative spice is a centuries-old tradition, infused with a deep-seated passion for the land and its history.” We have been importing this saffron from the small village of Navelli, in the province of L’Aquila, since the very beginning of Gustiamo, twenty years ago. Most chefs would agree, this…

Benza EVOO from Liguria

2019/2020 harvest This is THE classic Ligurian extra virgin olive oil, hailing from that special spot nestled between the Italian Riviera and Alps. Gigi Benza is continuing his family tradition, he’s part of a legacy of frantoiani (olive oil makers) dating back to 1853. Gigi is fully committed to protecting and preserving the most prized Ligurian…

3 Tomatoes for your Pizza

There are only three tomato varieties permitted by the Naples pizza authorities when making by the book Pizza Napoletana. San Marzano, Corbarino, and Piennolo tomatoes. They are heirloom varieties, local to the Campania region, where they are hand harvested and cared for by honest and passionate farmers, who dedicate their lives to these tomatoes. San…

Everything tastes better with Tomato Concentrate

Serious home cooks always have tomato paste on hand. With a great tomato paste in your pantry, you can upgrade something ordinary to something outstanding, in just one move. This Pianogrillo Tomato Concentrate is made in Sicily by our friend Lorenzo. He’s a remarkable person and an outstanding Sicilian farmer. Pianogrillo Estratto di Pomodori is…

Buy in Bulk, Grandi Provviste

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures: to provide the best kind of distraction we can think of and help reduce stress, we have unlocked some of our foodservice sizes and made them available to all of our friends. We see that so many of you are using this unexpected time at home to reconnect with the ingredients you love…

This Springtime Colomba is Pure Joy

Spring is almost here, Easter is on April 12th, and we have Biasetto Colomba. Colomba is the most traditional Italian Easter cake, a classic symbol of peace and rebirth. It’s the joyful centerpiece of every Italian table during spring. In these trying times more than ever, Pastry Chef Luigi Biasetto wants his Colomba to bring a message of…

An Olive Oil That Inspires Endless Conversation

In the hills of Fara Sabina, in the region of Lazio, Cru di Cures Extra Virgin Olive Oli is made by the aunt/niece team Laura and Antonella Fagiolo. This 2019/2020 harvest oil is a wonderful, well balanced expression of Carboncella, Raja, Frantoio, and Leccino olives. On the nose, the new harvest of Cru di Cures EVOO is vivid…

Something Dolce

THE MARCO COLZANI COLLECTION Marco Colzani is our eternal chocolatier crush. He is uncompromisingly dedicated to crafting the best sweet creations. His philosophy follows the principle of “taking away everything that is not necessary.” From his bean to bar chocolates to his sweet spreads, everything that Marco does contains 4 ingredients max. In this luscious spread,…

In Sardegna Honey Can be Bitter

Corbezzolo, the rarest Honey Made by our sage beekeeper Luigi Manias in Sardegna, this is an unconventional honey. Corbezzolo is a Mediterranean wild strawberry tree that is rich in arbutin, a naturally occurring substance that gives Corbezzolo Honey a distinct bitterness. That’s right, this honey is bitter. Corbezzolo trees bloom for three months a year,…