Everything tastes better with Tomato Concentrate

Serious home cooks always have tomato paste on hand. With a great tomato paste in your pantry, you can upgrade something ordinary to something outstanding, in just one move. This Pianogrillo Tomato Concentrate is made in Sicily by our friend Lorenzo. He’s a remarkable person and an outstanding Sicilian farmer. Pianogrillo Estratto di Pomodori is…

The Tomato-y, Shallot-y Pantry Pasta

We are big fans of Alison Roman, of her outspoken attitude and dedication to an unfussy and flexible cooking style. So, when her recipe for the tomato-y, shallot-y pasta you didn’t know you wanted made its first appearance in the New York Times, we couldn’t help but join the group of enthusiastic readers and give…

New Year, New EVOO

Pianogrillo is exactly what a Sicilian extra virgin olive oil should be, with its distinctive citrusy smell and bright hints of almond. If we could sum up the taste of the new harvest Pianogrillo in one word, it would be RICH.   On the nose Pianogrillo 2019/2020 is fresh and elegant, with delicate notes of artichoke and green tomato. On the palate it offers an exceptional…

Italian Umami

Describing taste is a tricky task. How can we use language to articulate the sensations of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter without using those exact terms? What about umami, the 5th and most elusive taste? This is an even trickier task. Umami (from the Japanese “umai”) means tastiness and deliciousness. Broadly speaking, umami can be…

Gustiamo in NYMag

Where did New York Magazine go to brush up on their authentic Italian olive oil knowledge? To Gustiamo of course. “Italian Olive Oils are widely used around the world, and there are a lot of them, so we asked Beatrice Ughi, founder and president of high-quality Italian food importer Gustiamo, for her recommendations.” The article talks…

Pineapple Collaborative with Natasha Pickowicz and Pianogrillo

We are swooning over Natasha Pickowicz’s kitchen on the Pineapple Collaborative. We love her utilitarian, no-frills style. Most of all, we love her EVOO on on her pantry staples list: Pianogrillo extra virgin olive oil from Gustiamo. It’s such a flavorful and versatile oil perfect for all of Natasha’s “crunchy, raw, salty, cheesy, vegetal, super-savory”…

Pasta with Caperberries, Hake, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Gustiamo is on a caperberry kick. We can’t stop cooking with them; we’ve been adding caperberries to just about everything lately. When our friend, Chef Silvia Barban of LaRina, heard about our caperberry obsession, she created this pasta recipe for us. For this amazing pasta dish, Chef Silvia uses sun dried tomatoes from Maida Farm and a…

Best Tomato Paste Ever, according to Saveur

Yes, you heard that right. Here at Gustiamo we have the best tomato paste ever, that’s Pianogrillo Estratto di Pomodori. Kristy Mucci of Saveur wants the world to know!  In her interview with Chef Mike Anthony at Gramercy Tavern, he says: “Most everyone who cooks has a thing of tomato paste. It just never really has appealed…

Ciccio Sultano’s guide to Sicily: Pianogrillo Farm

Do you know Ciccio Sultano? He is one of the best chefs in Italy. What does he have to say about Lorenzo Piccione, maker of Pianogrillo EVOO? Sultano says, that Lorenzo “is a revolutionary farmer.”  We agree. Chef Sultano is an expert of all things Sicilian. He is a native of Sicily and his restaurant, Duomo, in…

Sicily wins GOLD 2016

Ladies & Gents! Signore e Signori! We’ve got some shiny + exciting news to share. We won the GOLD PRIZE in a VERY IMPORTANT food competition. It’s the Fancy Food Show’s Sofi Awards. This is how the competition works: 3,200 food products entered 100% judged by blind tasting 28 gold winners chosen Our Pianogrillo Salsa…