We have Castelvetrano Olives

Make space in your pantry, a new Gustiamo essential just arrived from Sicily: Castelvetrano olives! You’ve been pounding on our doors for these Italian icons. Sweet and fleshy, Castelvetrano are one of Italy’s most prized olives. Our Castelvetrano are selected by our Sicilian olive expert, farmer Lorenzo of Pianogrillo. Every year he visits his fellow farmers in the town…

Postcards from Sicilia

Postcards from the Pianogrillo farm in Ragusa. Road tripping from Palermo to Catania, enchanting Sicilia welcomed us with its incredible enthusiasm (and 100°F). Did you follow our Sicilian adventure on IG? In the Southern tip of the Sicilian island, shines Chiaramonte Gulfi with a stretch of olive groves that extends as far as the eye…

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…

Sicilian Kitchen

New harvest Pianogrillo EVOO is here. The 2020/2021 olive harvest in Sicilia was stunning! Farmer Lorenzo couldn’t be happier with the year’s production, and not just olive oil. On his farm in Ragusa (that’s at the Southern tip of Sicily), Lorenzo grows olives and tomatoes and produces cherry tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil made with…

Sicilian Cherry Tomatoes

Fans of the Pianogrillo Cherry Tomato Sauce rejoice! Your favorite Salsa Pronta is back in stock. There’s a reason we choose to carry just one open-and-eat tomato sauce. Or better, many reasons! Pianogrillo Salsa is shockingly pure and genuine: 97% Sicilian cherry tomatoes, Pianogrillo extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and basil. Nothing else. This sauce…

Everything tastes better with Tomato Concentrate

Serious home cooks always have tomato paste on hand. With a great tomato paste in your pantry, you can upgrade something ordinary to something outstanding, in just one move. This Pianogrillo Tomato Concentrate is made in Sicily by our friend Lorenzo. He’s a remarkable person and an outstanding Sicilian farmer. Pianogrillo Estratto di Pomodori is…

The Tomato-y, Shallot-y Pantry Pasta

We are big fans of Alison Roman, of her outspoken attitude and dedication to an unfussy and flexible cooking style. So, when her recipe for the tomato-y, shallot-y pasta you didn’t know you wanted made its first appearance in the New York Times, we couldn’t help but join the group of enthusiastic readers and give…

Sicilian Pasta With Anchovies and Toasted Breadcrumbs

This is a traditional recipe from Palermo, Sicilia, where you can find it under its original name: Pasta c’Anciuova e Muddica Atturrata. When we shared the love for this very rich and savory Sicilian pantry pasta with our friend Sasha of Serious Eats, the combination of salty, sweet, umami, and crunchy for him was mind blowing….

New Year, New EVOO

Pianogrillo is exactly what a Sicilian extra virgin olive oil should be, with its distinctive citrusy smell and bright hints of almond. If we could sum up the taste of the new harvest Pianogrillo in one word, it would be RICH.   On the nose Pianogrillo 2019/2020 is fresh and elegant, with delicate notes of artichoke and green tomato. On the palate it offers an exceptional…

Italian Umami

Describing taste is a tricky task. How can we use language to articulate the sensations of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter without using those exact terms? What about umami, the 5th and most elusive taste? This is an even trickier task. Umami (from the Japanese “umai”) means tastiness and deliciousness. Broadly speaking, umami can be…