Vannulo, La Decrescita Felice, and Happy Buffalo

The first thing Beatrice told me after our visit with Antonio Palmieri was that if she were born a buffalo, she would want to be a buffalo on Vannulo farm. The conditions that these buffalo live in are spectacular. Better than most New Yorkers. Each buffalo has their own resting area on cushy rubber mats; we are told…

On Maida Farm

March on Maida farm: the broccoli harvest just finished and spring is coming. Francesco and Fabrizio Vastola are hard at work. Soon it will be summer and all these fruit trees will be full with the most delicious fruit in the world. Happy, the Vastola dog, is thrilled that we are visiting.

Broccoli Season on Maida Farm

This time of year the Campania countryside is a beautiful yellow! Everywhere you look is full of Friarielli, the typical broccoli rabe of Campania. After the Friarielli are harvested, their plants flower in a brilliant yellow. We were so happy to be on Maida farm just a week after the Friarielli harvest. We actually got to…

Sweetest Season in Italy + Amazing Antipasto Idea

Fig season! Gustiamo’s Danielle was there, in Campania, helping the Vastola family make their stunning White DOP Cilento Fig Extra Jam! What impressed Danielle the most? Well, just how much the fig, straight from the tree, resembles the jam she has eaten so many times at Gustiamo in the Bronx. An unmistakable flavor profile. What…

Postcard from Fig Season, Maida Farm in Campania

We just cannot stay away from magnificent Campania! This episode of “Gustiamo and Friends go to Campania” brings us to Maida Farm, near Paestum, where Gustiamo’s Danielle got a full dose of summer figs. White Cilento Figs to be exact. Danielle spent the day with the Vastola Family on Maida Farm, picking figs and making jam….

Cibus 2014

Gustiamo never stops! Not long after our extra virgin olive oil adventure in Molise, we headed north to Parma. Our visit to Cibus 2014 was a whirlwind of a trip, but absolutely fantastic and full of excellent food and amazing people. We started our visit chatting with Rosalba and Alessandro from La Valletta (top left)….

Expired Products in the Warehouse? NOOO, the Producer Made a Mistake!

You’ve got to love them! Yes, in order to work with our producers, you really really must love them. They do make fantastic products and they are wonderful people, but OMG, their admin, logistics, and marketing skills leave so much to be desired! One of Gustiamo’s most recurring problems is products with the wrong “Best…

Scott’s Pasta with Zucchine, Artichokes, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Scott Stebbins is a very talented chef and a good friend of Gustiamo‘s. A couple of months ago, he got upset because we ran out of grilled artichokes. He needed several cases of them. Yes, it is an exceptional product, but we honestly can’t say it flies off the shelves. Scott, what do you do with…

The Top 5 Gusti Must-Haves For My Hanukkah

This one comes to us from Gustiamo‘s friend Valerie who is celebrating Hanukkah Gusti style in Los Angeles.  What’s a Jewish girl who spent 3 years living in Italy to do when she celebrates Hanukkah back in the States?  Make it a Gusti Hanukkah, of course! The first plan of attack for my feast is an…

Pomodorino Magnifico. From Maida Farm in Cilento

From Elana, who successfully completed her first week at Gustiamo. I think she likes it! After my first week at Gustiamo I have been starting to taste some of the many delicious products in stock. On the shelves of the warehouse something in particular caught my attention, begging to be taken home with me. It…