Gustiamo at the Center for Italian Modern Art

We are very proud to be part of the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) community. After all, we are strong believers in the link between food and art. CIMA does very important work, promoting Italian artists and creating a space for art lovers and students to appreciate and discuss Italian art. We had the honor of…

Canned Tomato Talk in the NYTimes

The NYTimes is talking about one of our favorite subjects, canned tomatoes. It’s always a subject that causes perplexity. Are canned tomatoes really better than fresh tomatoes? Are imported tomatoes better? In this article, two of our favorite people in food, Julia Moskin and Sara Jenkins make Ragù and hash out the tomato situation. “Canned tomatoes…

Vannulo, La Decrescita Felice, and Happy Buffalo

The first thing Beatrice told me after our visit with Antonio Palmieri was that if she were born a buffalo, she would want to be a buffalo on Vannulo farm. The conditions that these buffalo live in are spectacular. Better than most New Yorkers. Each buffalo has their own resting area on cushy rubber mats; we are told…

Trading Italy’s Best Foods for Best Pixels

Introduced to Gustiamo by Sara Jenkins a few months ago (thank you Sara!!!), Shantanu paid us a visit last Monday. Shantanu is a professional photographer. The deal was: he would take photos, we would give him food. It was much more than that. It was an inspiring experience for all of us. Shantanu is a…

A Mediterranean Diet

A Mediterranean Diet rich in extra virgin olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruit & vegetables reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths by 30%. What are you waiting for? Read this article and live longer and better! We want to make sure all our friends read Gina Kolata’s article on the front page…

Top 5 best qualities to look for in EV Olive Oil

THE extra virgin olive oil man, Stefano Noceti, gave you his Top5 most common extra virgin olive oil mistakes,  now, he is back at you with a more optimistic Top5. 1. EVOO should taste like a fresh squeezed olive. If you are not sure what that means, we suggest you visit Italy in early fall…

Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Argentina – Olio Casiraghi

Gustiamo (all of us) went to the Consulate of Argentina, the other evening, to taste some of that country’s best extra virgin olive oils. God forbid you should think we are only  partial to Italian olive oils! This young man is Victorio Piuzzi and he makes Olio Casiraghi in Mendoza. Casiraghi is the name of…

Did You Say Nothing Ever Changes in Roma? Wrong!

Writing from Roma, where I’ve been spending a few glorious days. I’m glad to report these 2 new entries, at least new to me: Pizzarium in via della Meloria, which is near Via Candia, across the street from the Cipro subway station. The entrance of the place, which is miniscule, is even hidden by scaffolding,…

I Made It! Edible Bread, Finally. Thank You Mark Bittman.

In 2006, Mark Bittman of the New York Times wrote the ground breaking article “No-Knead Bread” in collaboration with Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery. Since then, I and a few thousand other people became obsessed. While all the other thousand people were very happy as they expressed their ecstasy in the blogoshere, I was miserable. Over the last three…

Julie and Julia! Marcella and Beatrice?

At the end of the movie, the audience claps as a sign of appreciation. The woman next to me turns to me and exclaims, like we are best friends: What a Delight! Indeed, I replied with a big smile! Merryl Streep’s performance is outstanding and makes you forgive her for having done Mamma Mia. During my first forty years, when I…