The Tomato Pantry

Good Italian tomatoes are the foundation of Italian cooking. With all its particular microclimates and unique terroirs, the geographical Italian peninsula is practically designed for growing gloriously flavorful tomatoes. All Gustiamo tomatoes are harvested at their peak ripeness and preserved at their maximum flavor potential. When you buy a Gustiamo tomato, you know you are getting your…

Pesto alla Trapanese with Busiate Pasta

Busiate and Pesto alla Trapanese are a match made in heaven. Pesto Trapanese is the Sicilian answer to the Genovese version, a recipe originally brought to Trapani’s port by Ligurian sailors on their way to the East and adapted to use ingredients easier to source on the island: almonds and tomatoes. Busiate is a traditional…

Spaghettini with Yellow Tomatoes & Colatura

This recipe comes from Gragnano, the Pasta capital of the world. The day Sergio from Pastificio Faella gave it to us, we ran home to try it. This pasta is extraordinary. It is a creamy marriage of distinct and bright ingredients which requires no effort to achieve an incredible result.  

New Harvest Artichokes from Campania

Maida Artichokes NEW HARVEST FROM CAMPANIA Maida Artichokes in EVOO belong to a very special variety: Romanesco artichokes. These small, compact artichokes with a lovely purple hue grow in Campania and are prized throughout Italy for their tender pulp and delicate flavor. Maida preserves artichokes in EVOO following two traditional recipes. Small Artichokes are whole…

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…

The signature holiday dish of Napoli

Meet Papaccelle peppers, the newest addition to the collection of Maida vegetables in extra virgin olive oil. Papaccelle is an heirloom pepper variety local to the Cilento area of Campania, south of Napoli. Maida Papaccelle peppers are an agrodolce specialty inspired by the old traditional cuisine of Napoli. Farmer Franco Vastola has recreated his wife’s special recipe: he…

Tomatoes From Campania

Among the precious heirloom seeds and rare local varieties of Campania, Corbarino and Piennolo tomatoes shine out. They are flavor gems, so there’s only one rule for getting the best out of them: be gentle. Long cooking or extreme heat will dull their complexity. Corbarino and Piennolo tomatoes only take 10 minutes to turn into a satisfying sauce that…

The Chili Peppers You Can’t Live Without

Maida Chili Peppers.  You’ve been beating down our doors asking for this product. It’s the new harvest of Maida chili peppers, just picked in the Cilento region of Campania, and it’s finally here! Small, red, and with a satisfyingly crunchy texture, chili peppers are an essential Mediterranean spicy ingredient. Think about aglio olio e peperoncino,…

The Gustiamo Olive Guide

The Gustiamo Olive Guide Italy is one of the world’s richest countries… rich in olive biodiversity, that is.  There are 500+ varieties of olives in Italy! That’s more olives than we could taste in a lifetime.  We import 4 variety of olives. All of them are great for both eating out of the jar AND for cooking….

Yellow Tomatoes

Yellow Tomatoes are here! Maida’s Small Yellow Tomatoes are whole, with their skins, and jarred in yellow tomato juice. These yellow tomatoes are true heirloom tomatoes. They belong to a rare and precious variety, Pomodorino Giallo a Polpa Bianca. Thanks to farmer Francesco Vastola and his family in Cilento, they are being preserved and kept alive through the generations. These…