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…

Italian Sounding Problem Strikes Again

The Italian sounding problem makes us angry. Irate, actually. i-Italy talks about Italian Sounding and the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show and interviews Gustiamo about this serious issue: “The issue of Italian sounding brand names by manufacturers that have nothing to do with Italy has been going on for years and many are fighting against it… ‘I remember when…

The Fact About Flavored Oils

Before we got our shiny new website, we had a wonderful discussion about truffle oil and other flavored olive oils on gustiamo.com entilted “Why We Don’t Sell Flavored Olive Oils.” Long before I was part of team Gustiamo, I used to refer to this short article. I found it to be really concise, and useful in navigating the…