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Italian Olive Oil Club

Italian Olive Oil Club

Our local Italian trattoria, Mezzomondo (Studio City), has a jovial owner/chef named Elio who occasionally treats us to a sample of his special bottle of extra virgin Italian olive oil.

Well, pretty soon we couldn’t do without the stuff, so we asked him to hook us up.

That entailed becoming a member of the Italian Olive Oil Club, as advertised in Italian Cooking and Living magazine.

I signed up late last August and this month we received our first 500 ml bottle of olive oil.

Gentle Readers, it was well worth the wait. Hand delivered via UPS, Olevano first cold press extra virgin olive oil is a viscous and dreamy dark green hue.

A small label around the neck promised “fruttato intenso�. Intriguing. I thought that meant ‘intense fruity flavor’, but in fact it means cold pressed from unripe fruit, lending the oil its full, decisive and fruity flavour. So, I suppose I was right.

BalsamicoThis oil is made in the hills of Olevano Sul Tusciano, high above the Mediterranean in Southern Italy.

The flavor was superb. Not too ‘olive-y’ at all. Simply perfect.

Paired with an exceptional aged balsamic vinegar from Surfas – the Fattoria Estense Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy, $29.75 – here was an appetizer straight from heaven to our stomachs.

When you sign up for the Italian Olive Oil Club, you can choose every month or every two months. They say the bottles will cost somewhere between $18.00 and $27.00, plus shipping.

Cost for October was $31.00, including shipping charges.

http://www.italiancookingandliving.com/olive_oil/olive_oil_club.html

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

6 comments

  • Point taken. We only eat out (or get takeaway) about twice per week.

    I thought we’d be fine with one bottle per two months, but it only took the pair of us a month to empty that bottle of fruity green-goodness!

    Bear in mind that we didn’t, in fact, *cook* with it, per se.

    We eat a lot of salads and we also ate it mixed with a little balsamic for bread dipping.

    Wow.

    And I’m not generally a big bread fan. But now I want to seek out all those new boulangeries around town…

  • I love Olevano Olive Oil. It is easy to find here on the east coast. I called the company and they told me it is available for all you southern californians at thew Gelson’s Market chain. Be sure to try the Olevano lemon infused…like the lemon was just picked from the tree.

    Enjoy.

    Jan

  • I am giving the olive oil of the month club to my nephew and his fiance as a shower gift. They both love fine italian olive oil, and my neice to be lived in Italy for a year and can no longer afford to buy the really good stuff. So a 6 month subscription to the club was the perfect shower gift. I hope they love it as much as I love giving it.

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