Maida Vegetable Sott’oli – Thanksgiving Perfect!

  Francesco Vastola may be our favorite Italian farmer. He is a super serious guy, but he is also seriously passionate about the magical Cilentan land in Campania that he farms. Watch the video, Francesco tells us why it is important to use fresh ingredients. Yes, his vegetables sott’oli (artichokes, antipasto, sun dried tomatoes, friarielli,…

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini in the NYTimes

How does it feel to be selected as one among only 50 Best Family recipes by the NYTimes? It feels wonderful, like we won the Oscars. The recipe is Risotto ai Funghi Porcini and, even if it is not in your family, let me assure you, it is the easiest and most delicious. As the NYTimes…

If You Are a Serious Cook, These Almonds Are for You – From Noto, Sicilia

Last week, in the NYTimes, Florence Fabricant compares Sicilian Noto Almonds to “other” almonds and writes: “Fat, buttery Marcona almonds have become the stars of the nibble bowl. But serious cooks, and those with sophisticated taste buds that welcome bitterness, might consider distinctive almonds from Sicily. These are dry in texture, not oily, slightly wrinkled…

Caffe’ Sicilia, the Pastry Shop Inside and Outside

After the NYTimes article, everybody is talking about Caffe’ Sicilia, in Noto. What is it? It’s a pastry shop on the main “Corso” of Noto, a baroque town perched on a hill between Catania and Ragusa. The Caffe’ is open to the public and you can taste their wonderful ice creams, granite, cassate, nougats and…

Gustiamo, Judith Klinger and Vook, a Food Revolution!!!

Do you know what Vook is? I had no idea (and no particular interest in learning), until our friend Judith Klinger told us she was publishing a Vook app about cooking italian. She wanted to involve Gustiamo, purveyor of Italy’s Best Foods. If we are involved in anything, we need to know exactly what we…

Lilly Gets It! We Hope You Do, Too!!!

This is the best gift Gustiamo received! It’s a post by our young friend Lilly at Gustiamo’s tasting last week at Il Cantuccio. You must read it!  We tasted the new harvest EV Olive Oils. Not only does Lilly write beautifully, with that young edge only a 20 year old girl can have (who would…

Bradley Farm – It’s Good to Feel at Home

This is celebrity farmer Ray Bradley of Bradley Farm, one of the vendors at my local farmer’s market, on  the Upper West side, every friday morning. It is my weekly appointment, when  I am in the city and I love it! It’s like  being at home in Roma, where everybody knows you, chats with you and…

Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria

 Stefano and I went to see Nate Appleman, at his new restaurant Pulino‘s, last Friday. We were really looking forward to meeting the celebrated chef and welcoming him to the New York restaurant scene. Somehow, we felt like we knew each other already, like we were already friends, since he had mentioned Gustiamo in his…