A Miracle – San Marzano Tomatoes Beyond DOP

Il Miracolo di San Gennaro is a tomato grown by Sabatino Abagnale in Agro Sarnese-Nocerino (the proper DOP Area). It is DNA tested 100% San Marzano, and a wonderful product. Sabatino’s production of Il Miracolo is very limited, a few thousand tins and jars per year! These Miracolo have reached a cult status and despite…

Terra Amore e Fantasia Tomatoes – now also in small tins of 400gr

Terra Amore e Fantasia are peeled tomatoes from an ancient variety local to Puglia. A selection by our friend Sabatino Abagnale. They are the “new” tomatoes, those harvested in the late summer of 2009. The freshest batch! This year, in addition to the 800 gr classic tin, we have the 400gr tin, a lovely size…

Berta Chateau Restaurant in New Jersey

Peter (Pietro) Bernstein is the owner and chef at Berta Chateau in New Jersey and a customer of Gustiamo since 2006. We always talked on the phone and I appreciated Pietro’s desire to learn more about Italian artisanal products. We finally met in person when he came to the warehouse to pick up his order of pasta Latini and…

A Star Is Born – Co. Company Pizzeria

  I know a thing or two about good pizza. First, I was born in Napoli, then my home base in Roma is literally almost next door to the most incredible pizzeria outside Campania. The Romans call it  “l’Obitorio”  (the morgue, because of its white marble tables), but its official name on the sign outside and in the telephone…

100% san marzano

Sabatino Abagnale grows San Marzano tomatoes. But not any kind of tomato. He grows Miracles. He uses his own seeds Smec 20 and makes 2.5 kilos of tomatoes per plant. For you to understand the difference, you must know that everybody else uses the commercial and more prolific C3 seeds which produces 10 kilos of tomatoes per plant, with much tougher…

San Gennaro – It’s Not Only the Name of a Tomato

In case you have been reading too much of this blog and you are not too familiar with Italian history, Catholic Church and its Miracles, you must know that San Gennaro is the patron of Naples and a man whose blood liquifies twice a year in a church in Naples. Not always, but, if it…

The City Cooks – Tomato Miracles

Today, on Kate’s The City Cook: “Just as I was wondering what might snap me out of my cooking doldrums I received a package from Beatrice and Martina at Gustiamo, a Bronx-based food wholesaler that also sells retail on-line. These women are warm and engaging in the way that when you meet them you want them…

Pasta Latini and Miracolo di San Gennaro – A Worthy Pair!

Francis Lam cooks his pasta al pomodoro with Pasta Latini and Miracolo di San Gennaro tomatoes and he writes on gourmet.com. Read here his post: Yeah, It’s Worth It.  Thank you Francis! Interesting to read the reactions of Francis’ readers in their comments to the post. Is it worth it to pay top dollars for exceptional food? We want you to try…