Marcella’s Favorites – A Basket for a Very Good Cause

Marcella Hazan passed away six months ago and left a big void in our hearts. I often talk to Victor and can feel his pain of living without his wife and companion of a lifetime, her wit, wisdom and, of course, her great sense for food. To honor Marcella’s teachings and inspiration, the International Culinary…

Never Use This!

Marcella says: Never use industrial salt, it comes from a chemistry laboratory! Use a natural salt. For example, use sea salt from the salt pans in Trapani. I just read this post: Kate McDonough, The City Cook, describes the wonderful experience she had when she attended a cooking lesson with Marcella Hazan: “We were making…

Marcella, grazie di tutto!

The first time I heard of Marcella Hazan, I had just moved to NY from Italy in 1989. I was amazed how popular Marcella was in America. I remember I thought she was just another veal-parm-with-a-side-of-spaghetti kind of chef. Gosh, was I mistaken! I started to follow her, I talked to her, I invited her…

Ricetta di Fretta

Ricetta di Fretta” means “recipe in a rush”. At Gustiamo we think it is important to emphasize that you do not need a 20 step recipe and a food mill to prepare a wonderful authentic Italian meal. By “fretta” or “rush” we do not mean compromises nor do we mean, for example, microwaving your garlic to save 90…