Ferragosto Pasta Festa at Bradley Farm

Gustiamo has a new annual tradition: Ferragosto Italian Dinner at Bradley Farm in New Paltz. Ray Bradley is a good food hero for the Gustiamo team. We eat his produce in nearly every day during our Gusti lunches. We actually have a long history of bartering with Ray Bradley, Sicilian EVOO for farm fresh heirloom…

The Real Miracle of San Gennaro: Farmer Meets Farmer

Sabatino Abagnale, our farmer who grows the “Miracolo di San Gennaro” tomatoes told us yesterday he finished picking the last tomatoes from his plants. He makes both pomodoro and pomodorini. Exhausted but happy, he said they look and taste as beautiful as last year’s, another great year for Miracolo tomatoes. To celebrate Sabatino’s harvest, we…

The Farmers’ Market in Roma – Campagna Amica

After we select our producers, we continuously check on them to make sure they keep up with our highest quality standards. We do the same with the places we recommend. This time it’s the turn of Mercato di Roma, near Circo Massimo. It’s an indoor market, located in a beautiful building which once was the…

Latini Farro Tagliatelle – An Inspiration of Great Recipes

Erica De Mane is on a roll! Nothing can stop her when she uses Italy’s Best Foods! A couple of weeks ago it was lamb shank and cicerchie, this week is Latini Farro tagliatelle! This is what happens when you use the best ingredients. You get inspired, you create wonderful dishes, like this Tagliatelle Farro,…

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…

Ossobuco alla Milanese, the Authentic Recipe

Did anybody see the Summer, this year? I was freezing this past Friday morning, when I went to shop at my local green market. I bought $100 worth of various frozen meats, including beef shanks, from a new vendor, Sun Fed Beef. I guess it’s time to pull out our Fall recipes – I was craving for Ossobuco. Ossobuco should be made with veal shank,…

Capt Rick and Baccala’ Recipe from Norway

This is Capt. Rick, the fishmonger at my local greenmarket [97th and Columbus], where I go most Friday mornings. He sells great fish and shelfish, all caught in Long Island the day before. Last Friday, he told me that I should try the cat fish because it is in season. Cat fish? Only when he…

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving – Part 2

First tip: buy the best turkey you can find. After long researches, we selected Veritas Farms in New Paltz, New York, where Stephanie Turco raises Narragansetts Heritage turkeys. She might have a few left. Call 845-384-6888 or email her. We’ll pick up our turkeys next wednesday at the green market near home. Even if we wanted, there will be no time for…