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Best bang-for-the-buck extra virgin olive oil in the Watertown/Cambridge area

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Best bang-for-the-buck extra virgin olive oil in the Watertown/Cambridge area

PinchOfSalt | | Jun 15, 2009 11:59 AM

My most recent bottle of moderately-priced green, peppery evoo has given up its last drop, Time to go hunting for a replacement! This bottle was the generic Italian evoo sold by Whole Foods. It's perfectly fine for everyday use and the price is comparatively gentle on the economy-impaired wallet. In times past I have enjoyed a Lebanese extra virgin olive oil that is sold in glass bottles and jugs at Sevan market - quite tasty at a reasonable price. However there are a plethora of other choices available at Sevan, Arax, Massis, and under the fruit counter near the check-out counters at Russo's. Alas, nobody seems to be staging comparative olive oil tastings. What are your favorites? My goal is about a liter of evoo that might stand in for a good everyday Italian product in sauteeing or dressings. In this specific case I am looking for something

- is moderately assertive
- somewhat peppery
- filtered (I tend to use unfiltered olive oil only in dressings or finish a recipe)
- greenish (as opposed to the yellowish; for some reason I associate more yellow-y olive oil with a milder/rounder flavor profile).
- it can be from Italy but doesn't have to be

For what it's worth I am also currently working on a bottle of Whole Foods Spanish evoo that works great when I want a milder flavor.

Thanks!

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