A Curated Collection: Olive Oil Award Winners

Imagine that you spent your lifetime tending the family’s groves… toiling to prune, worrying about the weather, keeping pests at bay, and in the end, each and every year, producing an olive oil that met the high standards of the Continue reading A Curated Collection: Olive Oil Award Winners

Cappuccino’s Pasta Salad

Some time ago, there was a small café in Newport, RI, called Cappuccino’s. It seemed that I enjoyed their pasta salad for days on end and eventually deconstructed it to develop a similar recipe. This has become a summertime favorite Continue reading Cappuccino’s Pasta Salad

A Tale of Two Biscotti

My passions for Italian food and culture are carried forth in any number of ways. I visit every “Italian store” I can find (often comparing it to the store of my childhood, Bari Imports, with its barrels of baccala). If Continue reading A Tale of Two Biscotti

2011 Awards for Authentic Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Some folks choose the grocery store oil, assuming it to be extra virgin olive oil. Knowledgable consumers are skeptical, and true fans of olive oil seek award winners. With any of these selections your choices will be a long way Continue reading 2011 Awards for Authentic Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils

In search of great olive oil in NYC

We spent the weekend in NYC and the highlight was dinner at ESCA, part of Mario Batali’s restaurant empire. Seafood dominates at ESCA, and the service was superb. Of course we discussed olive oil with our servers. Tuscans and Sicilians Continue reading In search of great olive oil in NYC

The Santisi Harvest in Sicily

Phil Noto called from Sicily today to provide an update on the harvest at Santisi. It’s a very good year, with a plentiful harvest and an exceptional quality olive oil. The oil is sweet to the palate, and yet, the Continue reading The Santisi Harvest in Sicily