Maida Vegetable Sott’oli – Thanksgiving Perfect!

  Francesco Vastola may be our favorite Italian farmer. He is a super serious guy, but he is also seriously passionate about the magical Cilentan land in Campania that he farms. Watch the video, Francesco tells us why it is important to use fresh ingredients. Yes, his vegetables sott’oli (artichokes, antipasto, sun dried tomatoes, friarielli,…

Our NYTimes Figs Story and San Marco

The buzz at the end of August in NYC was all about figs and fig trees. When Melissa Clark tweeted asking for submissions about great fig tree stories we couldn’t resist. Of course a Francesco Vastola story was the first to come to mind. Francesco, or Franco, Vastola is the head farmer at Madia Farm,…

Insalata di Riso – THE Summer Italian Dish

It has been ages since we made insalata di riso. In fact, the last time any of us can actually remember making this dish was in Italy which is frankly absurd since we all consider insalata di riso to be a quintessential summertime dish. In fact, while we were preparing our rice salad today at…

Insalata di Riso (Rice Salad) – The Recipe

Today’s lunch was brought to us with inspiration from Elizabeth Minchilli who says, “I think there is probably an Italian law that says insalata di riso can only be eaten during the summer” — and we agree!         Recipe: Basic Insalata di Riso Serves 6 Ingredients: – ½ kilo of Vialone Nano…

Welcome Gustiamo’s New Entries from Maida Farm: Papaccelle and Cipollotto!

Papaccelle and Cipollotto Nocerino are two new products Gustiamo started to import from the Maida Vastola farm. Left, Beatrice between Francesco Vastola and Fabrizio, his son. Ever heard of Papaccelle and Cipollotto? What are they? No doubt, Gustiamo is the only crazy importer of this rare stuff. They are vegetables, both protected by Slow Food…

Italy Hotline, Your Secret Door to Italy

It was such a pleasure to be with Sienna Reid, this past weekend, at her booth at the NYTimes Travel Show in NYC. Her company, Italy Hotline, is based in Roma and offers customized tours to Italy, many of which are focused on food and wine. Hard to believe, Italy Hotline was one of the…

The Gomorrah Basket a.k.a. Long Life to Roberto Saviano.

Laura Caparrotti, formerly “only” a facebook friend, sent a message asking me to donate a basket for a fund raising. We receive so many similar requests, we usually kindly decline. But Laura fund raising had a title that caught my attention. It was “Gomorrah“. I immediately replied, Roberto Saviano‘s Gomorrah? Yes, she wrote. Anything you…

Gustiamo Tatstings @ Il Cantuccio NYC – Tuesday Number 2

Here we are @ Il Cantuccio, the wonderful bakery in the Village, with the three bakers/partners on site and on the wall: Camilla, Lorenzo and Simone. Giovanni Stasi (left) of CHC PR is helping with the organization of Gustiamo’s Tuesday Tastings, making sure everything is in order. Until the end of the year (2010), every…

Rachel Ray Discovers Gustiamo! MUST-TRY

Chef Marco Canora, asked by Rachel Ray to mention his best foods says: Gustiamo! the article continues: They find the craziest stuff! chef Marco Canora enthuses. His faves? Colatura, the bottled juice that drains from salted anchovies [“what a flavor shot in every sauce”] and that jam, from Campania, which is “off the chain”. For…

Gustiamo Salutes the Annual IACP Conference in Portland

 The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community. Gustiamo is a proud member of this venerable organization and every year donates a food basket for the silent auction for its Culinary Trust. This year, we…