A Windy Day on Mt. Vesuvius

When we say windy. We mean positively blustery. After an hour standing on Vesuvio, we were completely windswept. Here is Danielle’s video, just to give you an idea. So what brought us to the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius on this gusty day? Peinnolo Tomatoes. Giovanni Marino of Casa Barone gave us the grand tour of…

Pappa al Pomodoro, with Gustiamo’s Tomatoes

From our good friend, Steve Maslow, just back from Italy where he had a food revelation: Pappa al Pomodoro. Steve thinks the best Pappa al Pomodoro is the one he will make with Gustiamo Tomatoes and EV Olive Oil in his home in Brooklyn. This is Steve’s lovely ode to Pappa al Pomodoro: “Between Florence…

Pappa al Pomodoro, by Steve Maslow

PAPPA AL POMODORO ALLA CHIANTIGIANA The soup is sprinkled with torn basil leaves and evoo and served very thick, so thick in fact that the Tuscan pays a compliment to the chef by joking that the Pappa should be served with a fork. Read Steve’s ode to Pappa al Pomodoro here.

Taste 2012 and Gustiamo’s Producers

I am a great fan of Taste, the trade food show that is held in Firenze, every year in March. Where else could I meet such a large concentration of Gustiamo‘s producers? In one spot, for three days, we talk about future plans, prices, new products and orders… we have fun, we talk about family…

Los Angeles County Fair 2011 – Will GUSTIAMO Win???

Do you think we are competitive? You bet!!! With these products, we think we are the best and we want the world to know! After the Piennolo Tomatoes went to the SOFI, now it’s the oils that are going to California, to the Los Angeles County Fair International Extra Virgin Oil Competition. This competition started…

Piennolo Tomatoes, A Sure Winner!!!

Another year, another Fancy Food Show. What’s new? Two things this year: it will take place in Washington DC, instead of NYC; and Gustiamo will not go. But Gustiamo’s Piennolo Tomatoes will be there as a candidate for the Best Product of the year, the SOFI competion,, whose results will be announced at the Fancy…

Piennolo Tomatoes – Not Only…

These tomatoes are jumping! The article in the New York Times by Florence Fabricant (click here if you missed it!) is inspiring: she says you can use them for pizza, pasta, on baked fish… and this BEAUTIFUL picture by Dan Neville, gives the jar of tomatoes a new light and life! Thank you bothl!!! The…

The Gomorrah Basket a.k.a. Long Life to Roberto Saviano.

Laura Caparrotti, formerly “only” a facebook friend, sent a message asking me to donate a basket for a fund raising. We receive so many similar requests, we usually kindly decline. But Laura fund raising had a title that caught my attention. It was “Gomorrah“. I immediately replied, Roberto Saviano‘s Gomorrah? Yes, she wrote. Anything you…

Piennolo Tomatoes @ Gustiamo Tuesday Tastings @ Il Cantuccio NYC

You must come to NY’s Greenwich Village bakery, Il Cantuccio, and taste Gustiamo‘s products. Just baked (and warm) schiacciata (the focaccia from Toscana) with… every tuesday a different product from Gustiamo. This week, it was Piennolo Tomatoes from Casa Barone and they drew a big crowd. Giorgio Gorini, left, is a “napolitano verace”, lives in…

You Too Can Become a 4 Star Chef! First Rule: Use Best Ingeredients!!!

Sam Sifton gave Del Posto 4 stars. WOW, last time an Italian restaurant was given 4 stars was in 1974!!! What an accomplishment! Wondering what makes a good restaurant a wonderful one – 4 stars worth? Lots of things, but mainly the ingredients! Good for you they are not secret! They are artistically shown in…