April 2010

Saveur Magazine, Italian Olive Oils, Titone and Zisola

Sicilian Selections

Saveur Magazine is featuring extra virgin olive oils in the print edition of the May issue, and online as well. We supplied a number of the Italian extra virgin olive oils.  One photo shows Capezzana but names our competitors. <sigh>

In an online feature, both Zisola and Titone made the cut.  And we were named as the merchant! They did a great job describing the attributes of both.

Zisola and Titone are shown center and right in the photo on the right.

The Italian olives are well described in A Glossary of Olives. Of course, our favorites are Frantoio, Leccino, Moriaolo, and Taggiasca. Curiosly, the first three are especially familiar to the oils from Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, and Lazio. Taggiasca olives are the dominant olive in Ligurian olive oils.  It seems the article fails to mention the notable olives of Sicily! Where goeth Cerasuola, Biancollila, and Nocellara?

Olio Verde pressed with Lemons!

Outstanding Olio Verde pressed with Lemons

Olio Verde al Limone was introduced to the U.S. with the 2008 harvest, and it has returned with a bang. (What’s Italian for bang?) This flavorful gem has recently been named a Silver Finalist in the SOFI Awards. The top awards, the Gold Awards, will be named at the Fancy Food Show in NYC in June. UPDATE: Olio Verde al Limone won a GOLD AWARD on 28 July 2010 at the Fancy Food Show!

Available at Olio2go.

Principe di Mascio DOP

A award winning olive oil from Umbria

Principe di Mascio continues to win notable awards and recognition in 2010 for Raccolto 2009 extra virgin olive oil.

  • 1st Prize Medium Fruity Category National Award “I Migliori Oli Tracciati Unaprol”
  • Finalist in the XVIII Edition of Ercole Olivario National Award
  • Special Distinction Sirena d’oro 2010 for one of the “Best Five” PDO extra virgin olive oil Medium Fruity category
  • Distinction – Medium Fruity Category “L’Orciolo d’Oro”
  • Merum Selezione Olio 2010 – Italiens Beste Olivenöle
  • Gambero Rosso Magazine, monthly March 2010

To purchase Principe di Mascio DOP Colli Assisi – Spoleto in the U.S. visit www.olio2go.com

SOL Olive Oil Awards

SOL at Vinitaly

We have or soon will have six of the Award winners from SOL in Verona, Italy. SOL concludes its run today, 12 April.  SOL runs concurrently with Vinitaly, and the extra virgin olive oils are notable oils, often from the same producers as the best wines.

In the Gran Menzion Category for delicately fruity, Colli Etruschi and Vicopisanolio are labels carried by Olio2go. While Vicopisanolio may be milder than most Tuscans, Colli Etruschi wouldn’t be delicately fruity to our palates.

Medio Fruttato include Tommaso Masciantonio’s great oil from Abruzzo, on a ship bound for us at present. Titone from Trapani is in stock and always excellent.

In the Intensely Fruity category, Frantoio Franci’s Villa Magra Gran Cru is always the notable entry from the Franci line. Villa Zottopera makes the list and is inbound to the U.S. as well. Perhaps we will soon also have Frantoio Cutrera’s Primo.

Molto Gusto by Mario Batali

More great food from Mario Batali

Listed on page 141 of the new just-out-this-week Molto Gusto, Easy Italian Cooking are Mario Batali’s favorite extra virgin olive oils. At Olio2go, we carry seven of his favorites!

From the Italian Riviera/Liguria, described as delicate and light, with a grassy fragrance and less viscosity than Tuscan oils: Rosmarino (Santa Chiara), and Vittorio Cassini Classico.

From Tuscany, described as more intensely green in color and flavor; powerful players in any dish: Tenuta di Capezzana, Frescobaldi Laudemio, Badia a Coltibuono, and Volpaia.

From Sicily, described as similar to Tuscan, but we find Sicilians to be more grassy: Gianfranco Becchina’s Olio Verde.

Visit Olio2go, where you can buy Molto Gusto AND the new oils listed here!

[links updated 12/31/12]