How to choose your Summer EVOO

EXTRA VIRGIN SUMMER Fresh mixed greens, bruschetta with raw tomatoes, backyard BBQ, grain bowls, a quick pasta salad, or even gelato: the key to the best summer meals is (1) keeping it simple and (2) a great extra virgin olive oil to rely on. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Italy or the US, on…

What making organic EVOO actually means

Sometimes certifications hide meanings we don’t fully understand. It usually happens with obscure acronyms (IGP, COA, APHIS what?), but even super familiar words can sometimes mislead us. One for all, organic. Organic certifications span from shampoos to meat to fabrics. Not only does each category have its rules, but different countries implement their specific regulations,…

PRESSURE: Limited Edition Olive Oil from Parco Dei Buoi and Ghetto Gastro

Introducing PRESSURE: a limited-edition olive oil with so much more than the elixir contained within. Born from a collaboration between Ghetto Gastro, Parco dei Buoi, and Gustiamo, all profits from the 150 bottles benefit the Food For Soul refettorio in Harlem. But what makes Pressure so special? First of all, the oil itself! It’s exclusively…

On Bittman: How the Hell Do You Pick a ‘Good’ Olive Oil?

After years of researching, discussing, and exploring the infinite dark sides of the world of fake vs real Italian extra virgin olive oil, we came to the conclusion that the more you study, the more complicated this issue gets. As it turns out, when you care about regional food systems; when you don’t want to…

Fake Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It’s time for some real talk about Italian EVOO. When you buy olive oil, be aware that:  ✗ PRODUCT OF ITALY does not mean that the actual oil is made with Italian olives or that the olives were milled in Italy. ✗ HARVEST DATE, don’t see one on the bottle? That could mean the oil is a mixture of…

Nancy Harmon Jenkins cooks with EVOO

Our friend Nancy Harmon Jenkins, a very talented food writer and journalist, just published an article that filled us with joy and flavorful memories. Nancy starts off with a point that is quintessential to the Italian cuisine: Like thousands of cooks all over the Mediterranean world of healthful and delicious food, you can indeed cook…

Pasta al Pomodoro Recipe

Pasta al Pomodoro is probably the most iconic Italian comfort food. It makes for a quick meal full of goodness for every day in every season. Here at Gustiamo, we cook Pasta al Pomodoro (at least) once a week.  Simplicity is the key: we can never get bored of this one!

Antichi Uliveti Slow Food Presidium

Terrific news from the island of Sardegna. The 2019/2020 harvest of Antichi Uliveti del Prato extra virgin olive oil received a major recognition: the Slow Food Presidium. That’s the kind of award that certifies that a product is good, clean, and fair, and safeguards it from the risk of extinction. So, what makes Antichi Uliveti del Prato EVOO…

Olive Harvest 2019/2020: a sneak peek

We’re just a couple of days into September, and we are already wondering what the new harvest olive oils will taste like. Technically, the official start of the olive harvest in Italy is scheduled for the end of this month. But depending on the season, each producer will make their way to the fields at different times,…