q.b. Cucina

Our Mission

joyful italian cooking

We're on a mission to the inspire more joyful Italian cooking. To find the beauty in doing things the way Nonna did. To share modern takes on centuries-old Italian traditions. At the heart of it, we want you and everyone we know to cook the quanto basta way, as much as you need, however you'd like, and with a generous pinch of heart and soul.

We first founded q.b. cucina because we love Italian food and wanted to build an online community for other Italian food lovers like us—a place where we can share authentic Italian recipes, ideas on Italian cooking, and beautiful Italian kitchen tools and accessories that are hard to find outside of Italy.

Since then q.b. Cucina has developed into a one-stop shop for artisanal pasta making accessories that are both beautiful and functional. We also have an virtual Italian cookbook club where our 100+ members cook from a different Italian cookbook every two months.

So what's up with the q.b.?

q.b. is for quanto basta

q.b. is an acronym commonly used in Italian recipes. These two little letters stand for quanto basta, meaning “as much as needed.” It’s often used to indicate that there is no set amount of say, salt, in a recipe—it’s up to you to decide based on your personal taste!

Here at q.b. cucina, we hope that you nourish your appetite and replenish your kitchen like salt in an Italian recipe: quanto basta, as much as you need.

Meet our founder

Sarah Ubertaccio

For as long as she can remember, Sarah has always been fascinated by Italian culture and food. She grew up hearing stories about her great grandparents, who moved to America from Sicily in the early 1900s, which fueled her strong desire to learn more about Italy.

In college, she studied Italian language and culture as her minor and in her junior year, she spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. After graduating a few years later, she packed up her bags, sold her car, and booked a one-way ticket to Italy. She spent the next five years living, studying, blogging, and working in Bologna (Italy’s food capital!) and Genova.

In 2017, Sarah moved back to New York City, where she worked as the Brand Partnerships Coordinator and Content Manager for Eataly’s corporate marketing office. Today she lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, Tony.