arrived in the Gustiamo warehouse around the same time that Martina returned
from a trip to Italy. The first thing that Martina did after
her home-coming was to purchase 2 huge cases of Gustiamo good-stuff to
stock her kitchen. As if she hadn’t gotten enough of Italy’s best while in
The day after she got in from Italy, soon after shaking my hand,
she announced “Ho fame”. We ate lunch early that day.
Martina also craves chocolate. Sometimes after our family-style lunch she
would ask the question on everyone’s mind, well at least on my mind; “is
there anything sweet to eat?” Once I saw her take a tiny espresso spoon,
spoonful of Nero d’Avola wine jelly to satisfy her
desire for something sweet… I’m not going to lie, I wanted to do the same.
But who am I kidding, all of us here at Gustiamo love to eat; that is kind of
What is especially remarkable about Martina is how
she catalogues the things she eats in her mind and cross references them
with the foodie blogoshpere. For example, during a typical lunch at Gustiamo
Martina might say “pass the farro salad
per favore… speaking of farro I am looking forward to making that Farro and
parmesan pie from Chef Giovanna at Luce in Portland, it was
featured earlier this week in on Bon Appetit“.
short, Martina is a PR extraordinaire and her method of navigating
the food community on and off the internet is totally admirable; did I mention
that she is also a Slow Food NYC board member and a Urban Harvest in