“Happy New Year and Good Luck!!” from Elana

Suitcases stuffed with Gustiamo bounty, it was time for me to return home to San Francisco; my short stay in New York City had come to an end. Now every time I savor the flavors of Italy, via the Bronx, I smile with sweet memories. Yesterday I unwrapped packages of lentils and beans from La Valletta because…

Gianduja Italian Crostata

Like most people we know, we are also guilty of eating our La Molina Gianduja (Chocolate and Hazelnut) Spread aka “the good nutella” late at night, with a spoon, standing in our pajamas. But there are really many uses for this outstanding ingredient that is made by the chocolatier Massimiliano Lunardi in Tuscany. One of…

New Harvest 2012 Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is in the USA

Evviva! The new extra virgin olive oils have finally arrived in our warehouse. Try them as soon as you can. You will not find fresher oils than these; one month ago the olives were still on the tree. The magnificent five are: Cru di Cures: made by Laura Fagiolo from raja, frantoio and carboncella olives,…

Lunch, the Gustiamo Way

Lunch at Gustiamo is a magical event. The whole team gathers around the table for a moment of pause from the warehouse rush, and the menu changes every day. I don’t know about you but I love leftovers, especially leftovers from Italians’ kitchens. Every day is a surprise and this is an excellent way for…

An Extra Virgin Stocking Stuffer

Our baby tins and bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil were practically made to be king stuffers. Unlike many doodad type stuffers you may be considering these are super functional and as they say in Sicilian, “sono duci a vedersi”, so cute looking! Even the most ardent EV Olive Oil consumers we know find these little…

The Top 5 Gusti Must-Haves For My Hanukkah

This one comes to us from Gustiamo‘s friend Valerie who is celebrating Hanukkah Gusti style in Los Angeles.  What’s a Jewish girl who spent 3 years living in Italy to do when she celebrates Hanukkah back in the States?  Make it a Gusti Hanukkah, of course! The first plan of attack for my feast is an…

A Holiday Classic, Tuscan Style

Regardless of which holiday food is big this year, chocolate is an eternal classic. We prefer our holiday chocolate in two forms: breakable, spreadable, and always distinctly Tuscan. As you may know, Massimiliano Lunardi is our go to chocolate man. He makes our prized Milk Chocolate Squares with Hazelnuts, Dark Chocolate Squares with Almonds as…

A Genovese Stocking Stuffer: Pesto

Before you start guffawing about the un-seasonality of pesto in December, hear us out. The purpose of having a basil plant in your window box, is to make pesto in July. The purpose of Roberto Panizza is to spread the flavors of true Genovese pesto all over the world during the holidays, kind of like Santa does for toys…