P is for Pesto: My day with the Pesto King

Few things come to mind when I hear pesto: green sauce, Italy (Liguria and Genoa to be exact), and… World Championship? I know what you’re thinking. How exactly can pesto be the subject of a world championship? Before entering the wonderful world of Italy’s Best Foods at Gustiamo in the Bronx, I would have been just…

Summer Dreaming – Fresh from Genova – Pesto Genovese Rossi

Longing for summer and its bounty of herbs & basil? We are here to help! Actually, even if you make your own pesto, no offense, Pesto Rossi is always better. It’s made with delicate basil grown in Pra (the area outside Genova where Pesto was invented) and garlic from Vessalico (a garlic so delicate, even…

A Genovese Stocking Stuffer: Pesto

Before you start guffawing about the un-seasonality of pesto in December, hear us out. The purpose of having a basil plant in your window box, is to make pesto in July. The purpose of Roberto Panizza is to spread the flavors of true Genovese pesto all over the world during the holidays, kind of like Santa does for toys…

Elana, Welcome in the Land of Italy’s Best Foods

From Elana: Today is my first day at Gustiamo.  The butterflies in my stomach remind me of being a kid on the first day of school.  Only this is the education you cannot learn in the classroom.  I am here visiting from San Francisco to observe the insides of the company that brings the highest quality, small-batch Italian food…

Taste 2012 and Gustiamo’s Producers

I am a great fan of Taste, the trade food show that is held in Firenze, every year in March. Where else could I meet such a large concentration of Gustiamo‘s producers? In one spot, for three days, we talk about future plans, prices, new products and orders… we have fun, we talk about family…

Roberto, the King of Pesto, Comes to America!

Roberto Panizza, AKA The King of pesto, organizer of the World Pesto Championsip and our producer of pesto genovese landed in New York armed with pestle and mortars and we have been following him around town to find out where the secret for this extraordinary pesto lies. At the Italian Culinary Academy, Roberto explained and…

Pesto Rossi, A Pesto With An Attitude!

Gareth Jones is passionate about good food and calls himself “The Last of the Independents,” meaning he has a free tongue and speaks his mind and only his mind, which is incorruptible. That’s why Gustiamo and Gareth are friends for many years. Gareth lives in the UK and, among ohter things, he writes for Spectator….

The King of Pesto

They call him the King of Pesto. True! He is Roberto Panizza who, finally, agreed to come to America with Gustiamo with his wonderful fresh pesto sauce. We are honored!!! This pesto needs refrigeration because it is made with all fresh ingredients and no conservatives. If you had a mortar and pestle, DOP genovese basil,…

Our Pesto just flew in, fresh, from Casa Lombardi. Easy to make and delicious!

Casa Lombardi not only uses basil genuinely from Liguria – it’s particularly the famous basil from Prà (a small village on the southwestern outskirts of Genova). Prepared with infinite passion and expertise by Francesco and Lorenzo Lombardi, who have succeeded in combining the classic ingredients – basil, of course, but also extra virgin olive oil, pine…