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!…

Make it yourself or leave it to the pros?

Let’s talk Pesto. As soon as the weather begins hinting at warmth, our friends start prepping their gardens for basil and their pantries for pesto! To make pesto correctly, not only do you need your freshly grown basil, you need all the right ingredients. REAL Italian pine nuts and EVOO from Liguria are a must….

Bottarga is Having a Moment

Have you ever searched #bottarga on Instagram? We highly recommend that you do. The results are numerous and ridiculously mouthwatering. Not to mention inspirational. You can use Bottarga in so many ways. No recipes needed. Here are some of our favorites: basic fennel salad, risotto, last minute egg style, pizza, keeping it simple, with artichokes….