Pistacchio Ricotta Cream Puffs for Valentine’s Day

Pistacchio Ricotta Cream Puffs This  is a recipe crafted by necessity. The filling is magical in Cannoli, but we had no Cannoli Shells, and no time to make them. These mini pastry shells are available in in the freezer aisle at the Continue reading Pistacchio Ricotta Cream Puffs for Valentine’s Day

Fresh Olive Oil: Only the Best

We love it when visitors come into our shop in Fairfax, Virginia. First time visitors are inquisitive about the differences from the “extra virgin” olive oil they know and use every day (the common grocery store type). For a distinct Continue reading Fresh Olive Oil: Only the Best

Happy New Harvest Year — The 1st Awards of 2014

With the arrivals of the new harvest olive oils comes the first of the new awards and recognitions for high quality extra virgin olive oil. The 2014 Flos Olei, published early in the harvest year, is the well regarded Marco Continue reading Happy New Harvest Year — The 1st Awards of 2014

Colatura di Alici: A burst of Umani Excitement over Anchovies

It could be said that anchovies are polarizing – in a love them or hate them gastronomic way. Yet, anchovies and anchovy sauce are all the rage. National “news” publications: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Continue reading Colatura di Alici: A burst of Umani Excitement over Anchovies

Supporting Small Business in the Olive Oil World

Here’s a secret: The companies doing the most for the artisanal olive oil producers in Italy are small businesses. Those of us importing from farms and selling hard-to-find high quality olive oils are also small businesses. It’s our goal to Continue reading Supporting Small Business in the Olive Oil World

A Still Life for Rich Flavor with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Here we are in the middle of summer with this glorious bounty of produce — and the Italian specialties that bring it to life — packed with flavor for your dining!

Scenes from the 2013 Fancy Food Show

                     We are often asked how often we travel to Italy on buying trips (usually twice a year) but there’s one event in the U.S. that brings amazing choices to our shores. Continue reading Scenes from the 2013 Fancy Food Show

Slow Food Extravergini 2013

Slow Food 2013 has just been released and we have a copy that is fresh off the press (just like great olive oil)! The guide carries notations on 1131 quality olive oils from 772 notable producers in Italy. LE CHIOCCIOLE Continue reading Slow Food Extravergini 2013

2013 Zurich International Olive Congress Award Winners

Dateline Zurich:  12th International Olive Congress Zurich Olive Oil Awards were announced in late April and we are please to announce that we have six of the selections in stock. The Zurich Awards are very selective, with only five (5) Continue reading 2013 Zurich International Olive Congress Award Winners