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Italian Olive Oil

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Italian Olive Oils

rowjo | Jul 14, 2008 11:01 AM

I went to a wine tasting event yesterday that had some other booths related to the wine industry...such as olive oils. I ended up buying two different Italian olive oils:

1. Riviera Ligure DOP from Academia Barilla--supposedly a lighter, delicate oil from northern Italy. I didn't get to taste this one because they had one bottle left...and it was being sold by a very attractive Italian man named Francesco who was very persuasive. $25 for c. 25oz

2. Primo from Olio & Olive--A strongly fruity oil from Sicily. I did try this one and liked it quite a bit. $30 for c. 25 oz. (Sold by a very attractive Italian man named Marco!)

I was wondering if anyone else has tried these oils and what your reactions were.

My cooking group is having an Italian dinner this Saturday night and I am making an Arugula/Endive/Toasted Walnut Salad with a white wine vinaigrette (white wine, lemon juice, mustard, honey, salt, pepper EVOO). Thought I might make 2 batches of the viaigrette...one with each oil...to do a comparison.

Also, what variety of white wine might work best in the vinaigrette? Any suggestions?

Just curious as to what everyone else thought of these oils since I have never used either before.

Thanks!
rowjo

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