Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

  Our panzanella begins with a quick toasting of bread cubes, tossed in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and salt, seasoned with Ravida Sea Salt. 1/2 loaf day-old Ciabatta Cut Ciabatta into 1-inch cubes. Heat 2-3 T extra Continue reading Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

Visits with Sicilian and Tuscan Producers

June was jam-packed with a visit by Natalia Ravida of the famous Ravida olive oil in Sicily — she had special events in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia!   Later in the month we made our annual trip to the Continue reading Visits with Sicilian and Tuscan Producers

Homemade Mayonnaise with Quattrociocchi Novello Olive Oil

On Filippo Alampi’s recent visit (remember, he’s from Fattoria Ramerino in Tuscany), we selected Quattrociocchi’s Novello for a homemade mayonnaise (to serve with All-American) lobster rolls. We had a bit of time to experiment in the kitchen and in 10 Continue reading Homemade Mayonnaise with Quattrociocchi Novello Olive Oil

Olio2go Now Offering Sting’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Il Palagio

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Olio2go.com announces a distribution partnership with Il Palagio, the Italian estate owned by musician Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler. Il Palagio extra virgin olive oil is now available at Olio2go.com. Olio2go.com will offer Continue reading Olio2go Now Offering Sting’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Il Palagio

Minestra di Farro

Minestra di Farro Recipe Courtesy of Pamela Sheldon Johns, recipe from her cookbook, Parmigiano! This perfect winter soup becomes buttery and creamy with the simmering of the Parmigiano-Reggiano rind, together with beans and farro.

Olio2go: Notes on the Harvest, Good and Bad

Is it time to celebrate the new olive oil harvest?  Is this a good year for celebration? The season is now upon us and it is time to consider the predictions of a year with an overall decline in production of Continue reading Olio2go: Notes on the Harvest, Good and Bad

Celebrate the New Olive Oil Harvest in Italy

It’s here! We now celebrate the new harvest in Italy and the arrival of just-pressed olive oil, variously called Novello, Olio Nuovo, and Primo Raccolto. This is the perfect time. As the seasons change, and the light days darken, we Continue reading Celebrate the New Olive Oil Harvest in Italy

Top Scores in Flos Olei 2017

What does it take to win a top score in Flos Olei 2017?  The rankings are based on a comprehensive evaluation and tasting of the olive oils submitted by each farm (and not all are from Italy!). For “The Best” Continue reading Top Scores in Flos Olei 2017

Three Tuscan Towns

Three Tuscan Towns Even if you visited once or twice, you might have missed much of Tuscany because it is so big.  In land area, Tuscany is Italy’s fourth largest region but much of it is mountainous and covered in Continue reading Three Tuscan Towns

Touring Ravida in Menfi, Sicily

Ravida in Menfi, Group with Produce

If you haven’t been to Sicily, don’t delay. It’s worth the longer plane ride, but be sure you allow enough time for the varied geography of Sicily. Conde Nast (creator of the map shown here) has a fabulous overview of Continue reading Touring Ravida in Menfi, Sicily