Risotto: Carnaroli vs. Vialone Nano

Gazzani has been growing and milling rice in Vigasio, near Verona, since 1648, where sandy soil and abundant spring water have created the perfect conditions for rice cultivation. Gazzani only grows 2 varieties of rice:  Carnaroli and Vialone Nano. Vialone Nano Vialone Nano rice was invented in 1937, a crossbreed between the Vialone and Nano…

Italian Umami

Describing taste is a tricky task. How can we use language to articulate the sensations of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter without using those exact terms? What about umami, the 5th and most elusive taste? This is an even trickier task. Umami (from the Japanese “umai”) means tastiness and deliciousness. Broadly speaking, umami can be…

Sicily wins GOLD 2016

Ladies & Gents! Signore e Signori! We’ve got some shiny + exciting news to share. We won the GOLD PRIZE in a VERY IMPORTANT food competition. It’s the Fancy Food Show’s Sofi Awards. This is how the competition works: 3,200 food products entered 100% judged by blind tasting 28 gold winners chosen Our Pianogrillo Salsa…

We Put the Mac in Mac’ and Cheese

Zingerman’s Mac + Cheese is all Maccheroni Martelli! We just got back from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this pic, above, we’re checking off a major bucket list item, hanging out on the Zingerman’s Deli bench. That guy to left is Filippo, the producer of our amazing flour and pasta. Stay tuned for more about our…

Foods for Adventuring

For gallivanting, adventuring, picnics + camp outs. Here are some Gusti picks. Dried figs for dessert. Instant dessert. Just open up the package, which is made of fig leaves, and you’ve got delicious figs from Cilento covered in fig molasses and full of candied fruit. The BEST oil + vinegar. Awww, so cute, they fit in…

Where Is Pantelleria? And What Is It Most Famous For?

“Pantelleria: it isn’t the peace and quiet that makes it such a magical place – it’s the capers.” These wise words were written in a recent photo blog piece that we cannot stop looking at. Such gorgeous photos! Luckily, you don’t have to travel to this tiny Italian island, located between Sicily and Tunisia, to…

When Your Recipe Calls For Black Olives

Here they are! Right off the shipping pallet, just in from Italy. They are wonderfully savory black olives from Campania. This is Farmer Francesco Vastola, he makes these olives. Don’t be deceived by his dapper appearance in this picture. He’s usually in his classic farmer attire. No one we know works harder than this guy….

What’s In From Italy?

Just arrived. Team Gusti has been busy unloading containers and pallets from Italy! Here are some of the wonderful Italian foods that we have recently unwrapped. Rejoice! Sant’Eustachio Whole Beans are here. And so are these favorite Gusti foods… Grilled Artichokes in EVOO A perfect antipasto! Mezzi Paccheri Pasta An essential summer shape! Saffron Threads…

Black Rice Salad with Vinegar Honey Dressing

This is one of those glorious recipes that you don’t really have to follow. With your black rice and agrodolce (sweet and sour) dressing as a base, you can use what’s seasonal and what’s on hand in your pantry. This dish screams summer. Yes, it is beautiful! The color contrast is stunning. But most importantly,…

Italian word of the day: Libertà

Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is so Important During La Festa della Liberazione d’Italia 25 Aprile! Today is Italy’s liberation day. The day we celebrate the end of the Nazi occupation in 1945. It is a BIG holiday in Italy in which we honor freedom, liberty, and independence. How do we celebrate? With a Scampagnata!…