contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

250 South Northwest Hwy, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.


Award Worthy Apple Walnut Crostoni

Morgan Shepard

What to serve while watching the Oscar ceremony? Crostoni! Large bread crusts in Italian, crostoni are thick bread rounds, toasted & topped with a meat or cheese garnish. We modified a recipe from the reluctant entertainer, using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil & a reduction of Villa Gabriella Organic 8-year aged organic balsamic vinegar. Prepare ahead, pop in the oven & enjoy the show!  

Makes 8-10 Crostoni

Simple Ingredients

  • French bread baguette, sliced diagonally (about 2 inches thick)
  • 4-5 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra to flavor
  • Reduction of Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged, balsamic vinegar  
  • 3-5 tablespoons fresh goat cheese 
  • ½ cup Gorgonzala cheese
  • 1 medium Honeycrisp apple, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper (to taste)

Easy Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to broil. 
  2. Brush bread rounds with olive oil, place on a parchment lined baking sheet
  3. Broil for 3 minutes, until toasty, remove from the oven 
  4. Spread each toasted round with goat cheese & set aside
  5. Combine gorgonzola cheese, chopped apple & walnuts in a bowl  
  6. Add honey & mix together
  7. Spoon the mixture on top ofcrostoni rounds
  8. Return to the oven & broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted
  9. Remove from the oven, drizzle each crostoni with balsamic vinegar reduction (recipe here) 
  10. Serve & enjoy! 

Pair with Villa Graziella artisan crafted Bianco Trebbiano IGT wine made with organic grapes.   

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!