April 2009


We’re very concerned about the Italian communities hit by the L’Aquila earthquake, and have noted that the  Red Cross site is accepting donations for the communities in the region. The linked page goes shares the stories related to the Red Cross endeavors in Italy.

Red Cross

Red Cross

 

 

You can read the view from Rome on La Repubblica’s web site.

We can share that the extra virgin olive oil producers Olio2go works with are not located in the area surrounding L’Aquila. Our producers in Abruzzo are are closer to the Adriatic, Tommasso Masciantonio, in Casioli near Chieti, and Ursini, in San Giovanni in Venere.

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Ravida Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ravida Extra Virgin Olive Oil

On Thursdays the WashingtonPost.com site runs a terrific online chat called Home Front. This week one of the topics was “hostess gifts” and a chatter recommended olive oil, and specifically, Ravida estate bottled olive oil as her favorite gift to give. Several other chatters agreed with this great idea and others said how much they would prefer a bottle of olive oil over wine! We heartily concur. Ravida extra virgin olive oil and many, many others can be found at Olio2go.com!

Great dining in NYC

Great dining in NYC

We spent the weekend in NYC and the highlight was dinner at ESCA, part of Mario Batali’s restaurant empire. Seafood dominates at ESCA, and the service was superb. Of course we discussed olive oil with our servers. Tuscans and Sicilians were served!(That’s not a mention of my roots!)

The wall niches were filled with wines and olive oils. Olio Verde had a prominent place as did Capezzana and Titone DOP Valli Trapanesi Biologica (Organic). You can make these fine selections at Olio2go.

Just to tantalize…our menu selections included…Polipo – Grilled octopus with giant corona beans and preserved sorrento lemon. …Insalatina Amara – Salad of wild and italian bitter greens with dandelion honey vinaigrette…Cavatelli with Clams….Pollo – Organic chicken with fregula, calabrese olives and lemon…Gelati  a selection of three with Balsamic and Honey as the highlight!