A Sicilian 15-Minute Pasta

Some things are meant to be together. Busiate and Pesto Trapanese embody the perfect example, one that truly stood the test of time. Let us introduce you to Pesto Trapanese, Pesto Genovese’s Sicilian cousin. Legend has it that, in the Middle Ages, sailors traveling from Genova to the East brought pesto all the way to the port…

Filippo Drago and his Ancient Sicilian Grains

Chef Jeremy Shapiro was lucky enough to speak with our world-class grain producer Filippo Drago. In this beautiful chat between friends and ancient grain lovers, Filippo really conveys what makes Molini del Ponte so special. JS: How did you become a miller? FD: I became a miller because I followed a passion of mine. My…

Olive Oil Cake

Fresh and moist, with a touch of citrus. The best recipe for olive oil cake needs to follow exclusively one rule: use real, high-quality extra virgin olive oil and all its aromas will shine beautifully. We used Pianogrillo EVOO from Ragusa, Sicily for a fruity, rich result that pairs marvelously with the orangy notes. We…

What is REAL whole wheat

When Mark Bittman teams up with Melissa McCart to investigate the world of whole wheat, we just watch in awe. It is a complex topic, full of technical words and controversial opinions. But Bittman and McCart, with the help of local grain experts at Community Grains and Dr. David Killilea, the biochemist studying commercial whole…

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…

Beyond Whole Wheat Pasta

Have you ever had a pasta so flavorful that you can actually taste the sweetness of the wheat? A pasta so full of Sicilian history, culinary traditions, and aromas that it provides the next best experience to being in Sicily? Busiate di Tumminia are that powerful. Busiate di Tumminia are unique. They have a rich,…

The Gustiamo Pasta Guide

What do all three Gustiamo pasta producers have in common? 1. Grano means wheat. All of the Gustiamo pasta producers use Italian grown hard durum wheat, which is milled into semola. 2. Trafilatura means extrusion. From the longest candele to the shortest penne, all shapes are extruded with bronze dies. This method creates a porous surface that distinguishes pasta trafilata al bronzo for its…

Bakers love Molini del Ponte: Sicilian specialty grains

Ancient grains are tastier, healthier, and more interesting to work with in general. Word of the bakers in the know! And they didn’t (only) tell us, they told one of the very specialized magazines of the world of flours: Bake Mag. They call it the specialty grain Reinassance and many of our friends are part…

Sicchie d’a Munnezza Busiate Pasta

Sicchie d’a Munnezza is Napoletano dialect for garbage can. Yes, but don’t let this ugly name fool you: this combination of typical Italian holiday leftovers (especially nuts and dried fruits) is a delicious, colorful, and resourceful dish. Like many traditional Italian recipes, this one originated as a creative solution to food waste. The result is…

Pane Nero di Castelvetrano, the Recipe (with sourdough starter)

Since we started importing ancient Sicilian flours from Filippo Drago’s mill in Castelvetrano, we have watched many different bakers (from Sicily to Torino, from the Bronx to Detroit) bake their versions of Pane Nero di Castelvetrano (Black Castelvetrano Bread). We’ve learned firsthand that despite being a rigorous scientific process, bread is also an art, and…