- Fiddyment Farms Pistachio Paste: This Californian alternative to the Sicilian stuff comes in at a similar price point and has a similarly gorgeous silky texture. The roast is more pronounced than Agrimontana's offering, which leads to a less floral, more savory paste that's also more aggressively salted, and it has some intentional specks of grit to break up the creaminess.
- Cartillone Crema con Pistachio: Don't confuse pistachio cream with pistachio paste. The latter is just pistachios and oil; the former cuts the paste with sugars, other oils, milk solids, and emulsifiers for a sweeter, thicker, less intense but friendlier substance. That doesn't mean it's inferior, just that it has different uses. Castillone's cream made a damn fine pistachio ice cream in our test kitchen, childhood-nostalgic and then some. It'd also be delicious mixed with mascarpone and stuffed into cannoli. Just don't expect it to deliver the intensity of pure paste, and don't substitute in recipes that call for paste. Another upside: it's only about one-third the price of the paste.