Villa Cappelli Olio Santo

A lovely chile infused exttra virgin olive oil

We were mentioned today in the Washington Post Express Night Out.  Unfortunately, they didn’t mention the great products we sent for review! 

We sent Muraccio Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Lazio, as well as Olio Santo extra virgin olive oil from Villa Cappelli in Puglia, and the Canonica Verde Umbrian Spice Blend, from a producer based in Umbria.  For the article, we suggested the Muraccio combined with the Umbrian Spice Blend, and also featured the Villa Cappelli Olio Santo, as a beautiful example of an infused oil, ready for dipping. At least you now know.

And, let us know if you agree with the first sentence of the article! (Hint: We think you can).

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

The bounty of summer is upon us and each day features meals with  fresh produce and great olive oil from Olio2go!

–A lightly prepared tomato “sauce” with heirloom tomatoes, fresh garlic, and basil — and Frantoio di Sommaia.

–Small plum heirloom tomatoes roasted with a a splash of Principe di Mascio DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil and dash of Canonica Verde’s Umbrian Spice Blend

Roasted vegetables: eggplant, zucchini, onion, sweet red peppers — all with Santisi Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Insalata Caprese with yellow tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella — swirled with Principe di Mascio

Enjoy all that summer has to offer!

The March 2008 Food & Wine magazine caught our attention with a great cover and “An American Chef’s Easy Italian Recipes”.  The story begins on page 28 with “How to Cook Like You Own an Italian Villa”, a quick gastronomic tour of Umbria with Matt Molina, of LA’s Osteria Mozza….associated with La Brea Bakery, Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, et. al. There are nine recipes, and eight of them use Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Here are Olio2go’s Umbrian recommendations for the olive oil paired with each recipe:

A fine Umbrian extra virgin olive oil

A fine Umbrian extra virgin olive oil

Salt Roasted Shrimp  — Canonica Verde Novello

Umbrian Lentil Stew with Olive Oil Fried Eggs — Il Frantoio Amelia

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce — Sportoletti Organic

Balsamic-and-Rosemary-Marinated Florentine Steak — Marfuga L’affiorante

Giant Grilled Hunks of Bread — Canonica Verde Novello

Watercress, Avocado, and Walnut Salad — Sportoletti Organic

The holiday rush as subsided although there are still a few belated gifts being sent. Perhaps the recipients were traveling? The season is shifting and Olio2go’s customers are being good to themselves. Some shop January White Sales for new sheets. Our customers buy olive oil by the case!

We have Novello oils from Capezzana and Olio Verde. We are still waiting for the new harvest oils from Santisi and Canonica Verde. (CV was stuck in the Boston snowstorm).  In late January, we should have the new Olio Beato…and the year will continue with new arrivals.

My goal for January? To purchase a fresh truffle and craft a divine pasta dish — with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, of course! I’m still thinking of the lobster ravioli with truffles at Baldovino in Florence, near Santa Croce…

Castello del Trebbio from Tuscany

Castello del Trebbio from Tuscany

We’re in the midst of the holiday rush, filling our own shopping baskets as we help our customers fill theirs! 

What have I selected for gifts? Castello del Trebbio, Principe di Gerace Bergamot, and Spice Blends from Canonica Verde (Todi Roasting Blend, Umbrian Spice Blend). My next purchase will include Tommaso Masciantonio’s Trappeto di Caprifico DOP— but I really need to find the right person who will appreciate “the stunning”  ZafferanoTasca Regaleali  is another great favorite olive oil to gift.