ImageWe handwrite almost every note that accompanies Olio2go gift orders. (For large gift orders, we may print them!) In doing so, we get to see really wonderful and appreciative notes, accompanying fabulous gifts.

Whether accompanying terrific olive oil, truly special balsamic vinegar, artisanal pasta, or tempting biscotti, we’ve found our favorites..beyond Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas

Thank you to the parents of the bride from the parents of the groom

A thank you for hosting a lovely engagement party

Best wishes for weddings and anniversaries

Get well wishes

Notes sent with souvenirs and reminiscences of trips to Italy

And a few private jokes! (we will laugh, but we won’t tell!)

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Our New Year’s Eve gathering gave us the opportunity to enjoy the foods we’d missed while traveling for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

With wine and champagne, we enjoyed an olive oil tasting with L’acropoli di Puglia Mosto 2007, Castellare in Castellina L’olionovo 2007, Gianfranco Becchina Olio Verde Novello 2008, and Sicilian Gold 2008. The men, in particular, raved over the Mosto, calling it raw, rustic, and even “gutsy”.

Antipasto Platters

Antipasto Platters

 

The antipasto platter was dressed with Olio Verde Novello and Manicardi 12. The front platter served the “grown ups” while the second platter was somewhat simpler for the children.Our dessert featured Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar — divine with Villa Manodori Dark Cherry. My great-aunt Libby’s dessert/coffee (soft) biscotti were made using Castellare L’olionovo. Use our Contact Us form if you would like recipes!

Our pasta dishes included Cavatelli (a ricotta-based pasta) and a thin homemade pasta in which Olio Verde was added to the flour, eggs, and salt.

Award winning olive oil from Azienda del Carmine in Marche

Award winning olive oil from Azienda del Carmine in Marche

As we approach the holiday season amidst an “unusual” economic time, I can’t think of better gifts than food gifts. Food is a necessity, and nice food makes dining a pleasure. Is that too simple? Fine extra virgin Italian olive oil makes a superb gift for several reasons:

It’s different from wine!
Anyone can give wine. OK, anyone over 21 can give wine as a gift, but wine can also be complicated. Do you know your varietals and vintages? Does the recipient? Does the recipient have a medical or religous reason that prevents them from enjoying a nice Pinot Grigio?

It’s good for you!
It doesn’t feature the sodium or cholesterol burdens of other foods, and can add delightfully to many portions of a meal. It’s the best fat — good enough to have a qualified health claim from the FDA. The simplest appetizer — a loaf of bread and a flavorful bottle of olive oil. Add it to soups or vegetables, add a swirl over a steak, begin or finish a risotto….

Your Recipients will appreciate it!
They may think of olive oil as a splurge rather than a necessity, but they’ll try and enjoy your gourmet gift!

You can order it online and have it shipped! At Olio2go, we’re preparing holiday gift selections to make the Winter Holidays easier for you. It’s perfect for Christmas and Hanukkah, and it’s a terrific hostess gift throughout the year.