Postcard from Fig Season, Maida Farm in Campania

We just cannot stay away from magnificent Campania! This episode of “Gustiamo and Friends go to Campania” brings us to Maida Farm, near Paestum, where Gustiamo’s Danielle got a full dose of summer figs. White Cilento Figs to be exact. Danielle spent the day with the Vastola Family on Maida Farm, picking figs and making jam….

Maida Vegetable Sott’oli – Thanksgiving Perfect!

  Francesco Vastola may be our favorite Italian farmer. He is a super serious guy, but he is also seriously passionate about the magical Cilentan land in Campania that he farms. Watch the video, Francesco tells us why it is important to use fresh ingredients. Yes, his vegetables sott’oli (artichokes, antipasto, sun dried tomatoes, friarielli,…

Gustiamo New In from Maida Farm: Papaccelle and Cipollotto!

Papaccelle and Cipollotto Nocerino are two new products Gustiamo started to import from the Maida Vastola farm. Left, Beatrice between Francesco Vastola and Fabrizio, his son. Ever heard of Papaccelle and Cipollotto? What are they? No doubt, Gustiamo is the only crazy importer of this rare stuff. They are vegetables, both protected by Slow Food…

Rachel Ray Discovers Gustiamo! MUST-TRY

Chef Marco Canora, asked by Rachel Ray to mention his best foods says: Gustiamo! the article continues: They find the craziest stuff! chef Marco Canora enthuses. His faves? Colatura, the bottled juice that drains from salted anchovies [“what a flavor shot in every sauce”] and that jam, from Campania, which is “off the chain”. For…

A Culinary Adventure with Gustiamo – Maida Farm in Cilento

People always talk about Tuscany as one of the most beautiful places in Italy (if not the world), and while I haven’t been there yet I don’t doubt it. But I’d like to add to the list of beautiful places in Italy: Paestum, in Cilento, Campagnia. After eight days in crazy, over-the-top Napoli, the Cilento…

Bon Appetit Magazine Likes Carciofini Piccoli by Maida

  Maida’s carciofini (small artichokes) were featured in Bon Appetit magazine, November issue now on the stands. At left the magazine and the actual jar, in an artistic setting outside the warehouse. It’s always a good thing when an editor likes your product. Our luck that she writes for a magazine that is still alive. The article…

Maida Farm in Cilento, Campania Region

Click on the arrow below and watch the video. It is Francesco Vastola, a very passionate farmer in Cilento, near Paestum. I took the video last year, at the Salone del Gusto in Torino. Although Francesco speaks in Italian, you don’t need to be fluent to appreciate his honesty and kindness. In the video, Francesco introduces…