The Olive Oil Fridge Test is Nonsense

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a super food essential. Not only does good EVOO have the power to make any dish amazingly tasty, study after study consistently confirms its superior health benefits. Sadly, around 70% of EVOO sold in the USA is counterfeit (cut with other vegetable, nut, and seed oils). With EVOO fraud becoming more public…

Stolen il Tratturello

We just received some devastating news. All of the freshly harvested Il Tratturello olive oil has been stolen. Last night, thieves entered Francesco Travaglini’s frantoio (olive oil mill building) and took everything. The burglars broke in, vandalized Francesco’s frantoio, and drained his stainless steel tanks full of freshly harvested extra virgin olive oil. This awful heist has left Francesco and…

Making Progress in the San Marzano Tomato Fight

If you know anything about Gustiamo, you know that we are pro REAL San Marzano Tomatoes. We are San Marzano Tomato activists. We see the mass marketing of “San Marzano” tomatoes as cultural appropriation; a profit system for conventional food companies who are responsible for disadvantaging the already marginalized Southern Italian tomato growers of the Agro Nocerino Sarnese,…

Abandoned Olive Trees

The rate at which Italian olive groves are being abandoned is rising. The fact is that many Italians are no longer bothering to tend to their olive trees. Why? Well, the problem is that no one can compete with industrial oil producers. Big olive oil companies, some of whom have questionable sourcing/production practices, are able to sell…

60 Minutes on Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fraud

Italian extra virgin olive oil fraud is going mainstream. We couldn’t be more relived. This week, CBS’s 60 Minutes headlined a story about the seriously damaging EVOO fraud issue affecting the USA. The segment features our EVOO hero Tom Mueller, who estimates that up to 80% of EVOO in the USA is fake. Here is the…

Help Save Made in Italy

Cari Amici, I want to take a moment away from holiday madness to talk about a very serious legal action up for debate tomorrow in Italy. The Italian government has proposed a law that would decriminalize the offense of counterfeiting Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which would have huge negative effects on Italian Extra Virgin…

Gustiamo on Camera Fighting Fake Olive Oil

Attention tutti! Put the popcorn in the microwave, grab a blanket, and sit back, relax and enjoy watching Farm to Table visits the Gustiamo Warehouse. After hearing about a UC Davis study that shows 70% of olive oil here in America isn’t authentic, Chef Jerry and Heather from Stone House stopped by our headquarters in the…

The Black Year of Italian Olive Oil

To say that the olive harvest in Italy this year was a “bad harvest” would be a great understatement. La Repubblica, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, has reported that overall, Italy is producing 37% less olives this year, with 45% less in the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The fault is of the wacky…

Parmesan Europe

Interesting article. As part of free trade talks, the European Union is expected to propose to ban the United States from using certain European cheese names, if the cheese is made in America. The Europeans are asking in this situation that Parmesan, Asiago and Gorgonzola, among others, if made in America, will have to be…