Buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Most consumers have never had great extra virgin olive oil, especially those that buy their oil in supermarkets. Extra virgin, like many other fruits of the earth plummet in quality when they are forced into the square pegs of large scale industrial production and retail.
This in itself is not ‘news’, (google olive oil fraud, supermarket oil, etc.) Your country has likely published many articles on the subject but if you are buying ‘Italian extra virgin olive oil’, in the supermarket, you’re statistically not buying any of the three.
*If you’re interested in coming to Italy to make the real stuff, see below.
We’d love to send you some of our handmade extra virgin olive oil from Puglia!
International shipping costs being what they are, we recommend spreading it out over 12 bottles. If these seems like a lot, share an order with a friend.
And thank you in advance. Your purchase allows us to support our staff in a very difficult time.
How to use it
You’ll want to keep this oil on the table, as you do salt, rather than in the kitchen, as you do with supermarket oil. Our extra virgin’s pronounced taste is perfect for all Southern Italian flavours. Gourmands would argue that it is too distinctive to use on fish. We do anyway. And we love it.
Don’t cook away the flavour or health benefits. Grill your bread, steak, fish, vegetables, and ONLY THEN apply our extra virgin, just before serving. Dive crusts of good bread into whatever extra virgin remains there on the plate.
How to protect it
High quality extra virgin has three classic enemies: light, heat and oxygen (and to a lesser extent, inappropriate packing, such as rubber, cork and some forms of plastic). We bottle our extra virgin in an opaque package, to eliminate light as an issue. We suggest keeping it at the table versus near a flame in the kitchen. And keeping the resealable cap on is self-explanatory.
Availability in Italy
If you will be in Lecce and you take it with you, our extra virgin is 25 Euro a bottle. It comes as individual bottles or in mini-valigette (carrying cases) of 4 bottles. Even if you don’t elect to take one of our courses, you can still pass by to purchase it. And to say hello (email us first).
For international shipping, we recommend a minimum of 12 bottles to justify the shipping charges. We don’t set postage prices and we apologies for costs of international shipping. If it were up to us, we’d prefer to send you away with it while here.
Packaging and Packing
All our extra virgin arrives in our attractive 500ML metal can, designed after our chair logo, in the colour of our owner’s antique FIAT 500 (follow the car’s adventures on FB, Emiluccia Silvestori). The shipping packaging is hefty and very safe and we’ve never had a bottle break in the last six years of international shipping.