Ciao Chow Linda's Frutti di Mare

Ciao Chow Linda's Frutti di Mare

Many thanks to the blogger at CiaoChowLinda for her great recipe using Gianfranco Becchina’s Sicilian Olio Verde al Limone received from Olio2go. Her Spaghetti al Frutti di Mare is stunning. All of her photography is fabulous! Jump on over to visit her blog. She has great authentic recipes with every post.

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Check out the Young & Hungry Blog at the Washington City Paper for a story and video on the new olive oil harvest. The video reveals the path from tree to bottle for another extra virgin olive oil. It is always a treat to see bright milky green freshly pressed olive oil. Olio2go is mentioned as a local internet retailer, and we’re in darn good company! Writer Jim Shahin is a big fan of Olio Verde and Capezzana Novello oils. Enjoy the Novello season!

Washington Post Online

Washington Post Online

We’re thrilled with today’s mention ~ Olive Oil with Pedigree ~  in the Washington Post food blog, All We Can Eat!

It was so fun to be interviewed by Jane Black, and even better to see the story in pixels.

She did a great job with our focus on the best Italian extra virgin olive oils and pantry products. Kudos to San Damiano, Olio Beato, Olio Verde, Marfuga L’affiorante, Villa Cappelli and Casa Forcelli Mostarda!

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.

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…

Olio Verde from Sicily -- the first of the year!

Olio Verde from Sicily -- the first of the year!

We’re received word that Italy’s 2008 olive harvest has begun at Azienda del Carmine in Marche, Marfuga in Umbria, and Gianfranco Becchina’s estate in Sicily.

Here’s a great post from the blog Lucy’s Kitchen on her recent visit to the home of Olio Verde, where the harvest began on October 6th!