Caffè Sicilia Candied Lemon Peel: Ruth Reichl is a Fan!

It seems our cara amica Ruth Reichl has a new favorite Gustiamo product: Caffè Sicilia’s Candied Lemon Peel! She gave us a special shout-out in her weekly newsletter “La Briffe“, suggesting Corrado Assenza’s canditi would make a fantastic gift for any foodie in your life. What we really love about her write-up is that she…

Caffè Sicilia Canditi in the New York Times

Ever since we first tasted Corrado Assenza’s canditi back at his shop in Noto, we knew we were onto something really special. Italian chefs can’t have enough of his candied lemon, orange, and bergamot peels. Literally, they’re already sold out for the season. Now the US food world is catching on to these prized ingredients….

Sicilian Candied Citrus

Imagine preserving slices of Sicilian landscape. Imagine tearing a seal and being swept away by an explosion of Mediterranean aromas. Impossible? Not for Maestro Corrado Assenza. The challenge was to prolong the beauty and freshness of Sicilian citrus fruit without using preservatives. Needless to say, he succeeded. Ethereally soft and shockingly aromatic, these citruses are the…

Corrado’s Canditi Capture the Flavors of Sicily

Italy has a reputation for growing some of the world’s best citrus and Corrado Assenza of Caffè Sicilia knows precisely which farmers are at the top of their game. We visited Corrado in Noto last summer during our Sicilia exploring adventure and finally had a taste of his extraordinary citrus candied peels. He makes his…

Apricots from Mr. Sicily

“If Nature creates simple and spontaneous jewels, it is up to us to bring them to the palate in the simplest and most direct way. Composing a harmonious and flavorful sequence is the purpose of our job.” Corrado Assenza Corrado is the pastry maestro and poetic soul behind the world famous Caffè Sicilia of Noto. In…

Hazelnut Amaretti with Candied Oranges

This recipe comes from our friend Viola Buitoni, an Italian chef instructor and food writer living in San Francisco. We feel these amaretti perfectly glorify the intoxicating scents of the Piemontese Alta Langa Hazelnuts and the Sicilian Pizzuta Almonds. Grazie per aver condiviso con noi questa ricetta, Viola! Amaretti is the rare Italian delight to…

Sicilian Traditional Candies

Caffè Sicilia nougats are a stellar creation by pastry legend Corrado Assenza. Nothing beats the texture of a soft Sicilian torrone. It’s slightly chewy at first, giving way to a silky mouthfeel as the luscious honey melts in your mouth. Then, the crunchy bite of Sicilian pistachios of Bronte or almonds of Noto strikes you. These are jewels of the Sicilian…

Pesto alla Trapanese with Busiate Pasta

Pesto Trapanese is a go-to dish for us at Gustiamo, one that will easily become part of your spring and summer repertoire once you have tried it. It’s traditional, it’s easy to make, and it’s that perfect combination of complex and comforting.  The deep taste and the crunchiness of the Romana almonds give this pasta…

Roasted Cauliflower with Almond-Herb Sauce

This recipe is made to bring a spark of summer even during the coldest months of the year: the sweetness and tenderness of the roasted cauliflower are complemented by the brightness and crunchiness of this pesto. If you love almonds, anchovies, and caperberries, this is the recipe for you. It’s super easy, yet extremely tasteful…

Not Your Normal Sicilian Jams

Caffe’ Sicilia’s fruit in a jar Corrado Assenza’s jams and marmalades offer the unexpected. We like to think of these as the the “orange wine” of the marmalade world, full of sharp and surprising flavors. These jams and marmalades are made with no tricks: they have absolutely no pectin, no citric acid, or lemon juice. They…