Take a look at this photo! All of these fresh oils (and the balsamic vinegar wine jelly) arrived this week at Olio2go. These lovely, sublime treats cover a lot of territory. From Alina (a Brisighella monocultivar from Emilia Romagna) in the north to Rosso from Villa Zottopera in Sicily.

To see them all with one click, start here.

In the picture (Left to Right):
Principe di Mascio DOP Colli Assisi Spoleto, Umbria
Ursini Tandem DOP Colline Teatine, Abruzzo
Ascolana from Olio del Carmine, Marche
Azienda del Carmine Boxed Set (partially hidden)
Trappeto di Caprafico Organic DOP Colline Teatine, Abruzzo
Olio del Carmine, Marche
Rosso from Villa Zottopera, Sicily
Alina, La Pennita, Emilia Romagna
Rosselli del Turco DOP Chianti Classico, Tuscany

Front, top to bottom:
Livio Pesle Balsamic Vinegar Jelly, Fruili Venezia Giulia
Trappeto di Caprafico, in party favor bottles
Bochicchio Olio Extra Vergine, Basilicata
Venus Organic, Gargiulo Sorrentolio, Campania

Vicidomini Eliche Cascarecce -- It's pasta!

Vicidomini Eliche Cascarecce -- It's pasta!

Around here we’re calling it “Vici”  (VEE-chee) — that’s the Vicidomini artisanal pasta from a family that’s been making pasta commercially since 1812. (Do I hear an overture?) Vicidomini comes to us from near Salerno in Campania — the land of buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes! No wonder they have the best pasta. It’s well priced at $6.50 per 500 gram bag. Try it with a local olive oil such as Gargiulo’s Syrenum DOP Penisola Sorrentina 2008 or a Sicilian, Santisi 2008.

Merlano DOP Tuscia, Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Lazio

Merlano DOP Tuscia, Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Lazio

Excellent olive oil truly has the capacity to hold its flavor. I’ve been preparing food at home this week with Merlano DOP Tuscia. It does carry a best by date of 23 May 2009 (it’s on Olio2go’s Sale page), but wow, it still works in my kitchen! On Monday, we needed a quick snack so I drained a can of ceci beans (garbanzos to the rest of you), dumped them in the Cuisinart, added a clove of garlic and a squeeze of lemon–and a healthy splash of Merlano. Thirty seconds later, we had a wonderful “hummus”. Perfect with some crusty bread, and a wonderful appetizer before heading out for the evening.

Syrenum DOP Penisola Sorrentina, Sorrento, Campania

Syrenum DOP Penisola Sorrentina, Sorrento, Campania

Last night I took home a bottle of our new Syrenum DOP Penisola Sorrentina, from Sorrento in Campania. This oil is rather “lusty” — what would an assiagiatore call it? The olives were harvested at a riper stage than one might in the north, and it also had a surprising and pleasant bitter element. If you have memories of Sorrento and Capri, this is the bottle to grab. Very nice when drizzled over pasta primavera — with garlic, tomatoes, basil, and olives.

Linda and Michael, founders of Il Chiostro

Linda and Michael, founders of Il Chiostro

I recently had the opportunity to re-connect with Linda Mironti, a childhood friend from upstate New York. At Olio2go, we’re pleased to be able to share our connection with Linda and her adventure in Italy. Linda has created a wonderful business, Il Chiostro,  creating arts workshops across Italy. Pick your passion: painting, writing, photography, cooking, and gather with a small group for a week in Italy. Tuscany, Sorrento, Venice, all great locations! Even better, the various groups share dinners, making for a fascinating way to travel and share with new and old friends. They’ll make sure you taste some great olive oil, too. Take a look at the schedule and don’t miss the captivating video!