Live from Pantelleria Caper Season

Look at this stunning caper plant, live from caper season on the tiny island of Pantelleria. This photo comes directly from Gabriele, our caper guy at La Nicchia. There’s no place like Pantelleria for the caper plant. This volcanic island south of Sicily is actually covered with bushes that make the most prized capers in the world….

The Gustiamo Cheese Board

Presenting the Gusti Cheese Board! This cheese board offers Italian vibes from south to north: featuring the Sicilian sun of Pantelleria, the pastures and vineyards of the Emilia Romagna food valley, and the breezy hills of Alta Langa. The star of the spread is a glorious yellow-tinged wedge of Vacche Rosse Cheese. With this Red Cow…

It’s Caper Season in Pantelleria

Caper season is in full swing on the tiny island of Pantelleria, in Sicilia. When it comes to the iconic Pantelleria caper plant, aka spinosa nocellara, we eat the flower bud, the leaf, and the fruit. Yes, all of that is fully edible and each part is harvested at peak of ripeness following the cycle of…

Pantesca Salad

The first time we prepared this salad inspired to Pantelleria’s flavor gems – capers – we were not in the tiny island of Pantelleria, in Sicily. We were actually upstate New York, in New Paltz, at the dreamy farm of Ray Bradley. We were kicking off a new Gustiamo tradition: a Ferragosto (15th of August)…

Gustiamo on Rachael Ray Every Day

Our founder and president, Beatrice is in the Rachael Ray Magazine serving the very best Italian food pantry advice. As the wonderful Geraldine Campbell writes, “Beatrice Ughi, a native of Naples, Italy, and the founder of the online shop Gustiamo, shares five products from Italy that are worth the splurge.” First on Beatrice’s list is Faella…

Let’s talk about caper leaves!

Let’s talk about edible leaves. By now you must know that we, Gustiamo, have a thing for Capers, Caperberries, and the beautiful Island of Pantelleria. When Gabriele, from La Nicchia, first introduced us to Caper Leaves, we were immediately keen on having another way to add capery flavor to our lives. These caper leaves are from Pantelleria, the tiny island between…

Caper Talk on Heritage Radio Network

This year Gustiamo was a proud sponsor of the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn. We were there with the caper dude, Gabriele Lasagni of La Nicchia in Pantelleria. He sat down with Kat from Heritage Radio Network to talk about his capers, caperberries, and Zibibbo grape products in the USA. Gabriele says: “I have worked with…

Visiting La Nicchia Pantelleria

Gustiamo brings you the best foods from the hardest to reach places in Italy. Pantelleria, might be the hardest to reach of them all! Sure, it is only a 35 minute flight from Palermo, but to actually have a plane LAND there is another story. Pantelleria is one of the windiest places in Italy. In…

Pasta with Caperberries, Hake, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Gustiamo is on a caperberry kick. We can’t stop cooking with them; we’ve been adding caperberries to just about everything lately. When our friend, Chef Silvia Barban of LaRina, heard about our caperberry obsession, she created this pasta recipe for us. For this amazing pasta dish, Chef Silvia uses sun-dried tomatoes from Maida Farm and a…

Cucunci

Capers + Caperberries WHAT IS A CAPER? WHAT IS A CAPERBERRY? We’re sure you’ve noticed. Capers and caperberries are trending right now. Lots of people are experimenting with our capers and caperberries for the first time, with magnificent results! They are remarkable little flavor gems. In fact, capers and caperberries have long been the secret ingredients for many of our…