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Salutaris Olive Oil

The Buonamici family has a farm in Fiesole, Tuscany, on the hills surrounding Florence. Their mission is to achieve quality, and the result of their work is an extra virgin olive oil with a high content of natural antioxidants and vitamin E

Luigi Caricato


The essential vinegar glossary

Following is a brief guide to the most common terms regarding vinegar. An indispensable glossary for whoever wants to enter into this fascinating but little-known world

Luigi Caricato


Selezione Primavera (Spring Selection)

The bottle is wrapped in gold foil, so as to protect the oil inside. This is typical of many oil companies in Liguria. In this case we have an extra virgin oil made by Ranieri, an ancient olive mill in Chiusanico, near Imperia

Luigi Caricato


Pure Moresca and Verdese extra virgin oil

In Italy, in the Sicilian town of Noto, Felice Modica, owner of the Bufalefi olive mill, produces an oil from local cultivars that though not overly popular, give rise to a product of extraordinary quality.

Luigi Caricato

Beauty oil

Oil made from olives, and extra virgin oil in particular, has a great appeal for the cosmetic industry. It is therefore present in many beauty creams and products. This is a good sign. We must pay great attention to the label however, because what really matters is the percentage at which it is present.

Luigi Caricato


Pinzimonio's dish of friendship

Here is one quick and easy recipe, taken from cookbooks of Nicola Pantaleo's olive oil company located in Apulian Fasano, in Southern Italy. The ideal extra virgin olive oil to use? One with a medium intensity fruity taste, pleasantly bitter, spicy and harmonious.

 

Olio Officina


Milan, capital city of oil

What's going to happen at the next Olio Officina Food Festival, which will be held in the year of the Expo? This meeting will take place at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan, Italy, from January 22 to 24, 2015. A vast and remarkable array of events, some of which are presented below, before the more detailed, official programme is released.

Maria Carla Squeo


Vinegar? A stimulant for our nervous system

It is not merely an ingredient for our salad dressing. Its properties should not be belittled. Both healthy and reinvigorating, vinegar is by all means a real tonic

Luigi Caricato

A fine, delicate oil with a personality

“Il Roccolo”, a Garda PDO oil produced by Andrea Bertazzi, has a light fruity flavour that reveals its composition, a blend of Casaliva, Leccino, Pendolino and Moraiolo olives.

Maria Carla Squeo


A glass of good wine can help

In the past, wine was refused to young people, because it would only serve to add “fire to fire”, and this “burning energy” would only hinder them in everyday life. Plato too believed that boys should abstain from all use of wine until they reached the age of eighteen. Nowadays we all agree that drinking with moderation is the best solution.

Luigi Caricato


Oil and seduction

Preserving beauty and slowing down the aging process. From your granny's home remedies to present-day science, the components of extra virgin olive oil have always been considered precious assets. The 2015 Olio Officina Food Festival will focus on this issue. Meanwhile, a preview.

Angela Colli


Agridè, well-rounded and velvety

Do you know the Italian Terra di Bari PDO olive oil? And more specifically, the Bitonto production area? The olive oils made here are well-rounded and soft, but still preserve their intense aroma of Coratina olives.

Luigi Caricato

Strangozzi & Meatballs by Lidia Bastianich

This is one of the most popular and recognized Italian dishes in America that is not eaten in Italy. Strange, you might say, but it is a dish that evolved from the kitchens of the early Italian immigrants in America. It has become one of the favorite recipes in Lidia’s Family Table. Here in America meat was abundant, unlike in Italy, so on Sunday the day of families gathering at the table, the sauce for the strangozzi was enriched with meatballs. What more can I say, except for mangia!

Olio Officina


Oil nourishes love

It's a revolution in the language, which calls into question the idea that each of us has of olive oil. A syncretism of languages and styles that is renovating the entire sector, spurring us to reconsider and reassess the role of extra virgin olive oil

Maria Carla Squeo


Sophia Loren turns 80

The Italian screen icon recently revealed, with her usual spontaneity and naturalness, that the secret of her health and dazzling looks is the Mediterranean diet and its key ingredient, olive oil, which she often rubs into her skin to keep her complexion glossy and moisturized.

Olio Officina


Lentil Country Salad by Lidia Bastianich

Lentils are good in soup, pasta and I love making salads with them. This simple salad can be served warm or cold. It is always a welcoming dish since there is something so inviting about it" says Lidia Bastianich

 

Olio Officina

What to look out for in vinegar

How to perceive top quality in a vinegar by its harmony, body and fragrance.

Olio Officina


100% Grignano olives

An extra virgin oil made only with Grignano olives. This single-variety oil deserves to be better known: it is made from olives grown in Nesente Valpantena, a village near Verona famous for the quality of its crops. The producers are Giovanni Salvagno and his family.

Maria Carla Squeo


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