Italian Aromatic Rice

These two rice varieties are all about their aromas! When cooking, the smell of black rice and red rice will remind you of freshly baked bread. Their intense color and unique flavor are the natural result of a special antioxidant called anthocyanin; that’s the antioxidant that makes blueberries blue and it is so good for…

Black Rice Summer Salad

A fresh summer salad that only requires aromatic Italian black rice and your culinary creativity. You can use ingredients cooked or raw to personalize this salad. We like to think of this as an open ended recipe. Feel free to interpret it by adding your twist to our guidelines.

Red Rice Salad with Raisins, Saba, Pine Nuts, and Mint

This rice salad is earthy, fresh, and sweet. That’s the earthiness of the red rice + the coniferous essence of the pine nuts, the freshness of the mint, and the sweetness of the Zibibbo raisins and Saba.  Bonus, it’s fast, simple, and can be prepared the day before.

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 Black Rice Salad with Vinaigrette

This Black Rice Salad is our Gusti take on this Bon Appetit recipe. It’s a wonderful summer dish. Best of all, after you nail the rice and the vinegar dressing, you can have fun adding your own ingredients based on what you’ve got. Serves 4-6

Red Rice with Apple Risotto

This is an essential dish in the Crespi Family’s Piemontese kitchen. With just a few ingredients, it is fairly simple to prepare, but is sure to impress with its elegant exotic taste. We had the privilege of receiving this recipe right from Signora Maria Antonietta Crespi. She explained to us that this rice is full…

Black Rice Tortino

This recipe for Tortino di Riso Venere is based on a typical dish from the Crespi Family; the’ve been producing rice in Piemonte since 1821 and know how to make a killer rice dish! We love this recipe, not only because it tastes great and is full of vegetables, but also because of its stunning…

Dreaming of Black Rice

Erica De Mane is a chef and food writer. She is the author of “The Flavors of Southern Italy” and “Pasta Improvvisata”. One night, she had a delicious dream about black rice. In order to to make her dream a reality, she bought Gustiamo’s Venere Nero that has been made by Pacifico Crespi’s family in…