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Where to buy a truly great olive oil in Florence proper?

AlexRast | Feb 15, 201504:34 PM

Here's the situation. While I would love it if I had either the financial resources or the time to spend a week or so touring around sampling oils from farms and selecting the best, that's not my position, nor is that likely to be a possibility in any foreseeable future. I go to Florence, though, quite regularly; about to go, in fact, this Friday.

The exigencies of other commitments while in Florence (I'm almost always there on business rather than as a holiday) mean I have limited time and limited range. I don't have a car but on the other hand I'm completely comfortable with walking 3 miles, or taking any form of public transport. Still, for practical purposes it would be most convenient to think mostly about the city centre unless there are *manifestly* better options further away.

What I'm looking for is somewhere with a really first-rate selection of really first-rate olive oils; the sort of place where you can sample several efficiently and choose what you like. Really, what I'd like to do is get into the categories that lie far above my "everyday" olive oil - Badia al Coltibuono's Albereto. It's a really nice oil, in fact, lovely "green" flavour and low acidity. But there is a category (in fact, several categories) above what is a "premium mass-market" oil when all is said and done - which is what I'd like to explore more fully than I've been able to thus far. The big thing you get in this category is much greater "personality" - a less "generic" flavour which is what I would like. Can anybody give me useful recommendations for places that might have broad selection, sampling available, and hopefully knowledgeable staff who can match preference to oils? Mostly interested in Tuscan oils; I like to buy locally for obvious reasons, but not going to make an absolute restriction to just that. In Florence Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday.

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