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.

Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from Italy

  Sooner or later, much of the country will be inundated by a storm. At this time of year, snow storms and blizzards reign. Is your pantry ready to make the most of your time at home? Recently, more than Continue reading Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from 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

Lazio, The Region of Rome

Lazio, the Region of Rome, is known as Latium in Latin. It is the region of the Etruscans – the founders of Rome and Viterbo. Outside of Rome, the region’s rural economy is dominated by agriculture, including cultivation of wine grapes, Continue reading Lazio, The Region of Rome

The History of Laudemio in Tuscany

The History of Laudemio in Tuscany. It all began in the winter of 1985 with a terrible freeze that killed thousands upon thousands of olive trees through Tuscany. The losses suffered by many in the region became the focus for Continue reading The History of Laudemio in Tuscany

Dievole: the Magic of Chianti Classico

On our recent trip to Italy, we met with a range of olive producers. In the town of Montegiovi on the hillside of Monte Amiata, we spent time with Davide Borselli and learned about his artisanal production. Giorgio Franci’s line Continue reading Dievole: the Magic of Chianti Classico

King Giorgio Franci, Genuinely Loved

In the years we have been importing olive oil, there is no producer more revered than Giorgio Franci. His peers stand in awe as they call him King Giorgio. They appreciate his skills and knowledge and he is held in Continue reading King Giorgio Franci, Genuinely Loved

How to Dress a Salad: Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP This salad makes the most of the truly special flavors of good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, perfectly paired with DOP Parmiggiano Reggiano. Here’s how to dress a salad: 1 clove Continue reading How to Dress a Salad: Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Flos Olei Launch: NYC

On a blustery, snowy, February day, Marco Oreggia brought a group of internationally renowned olive oil producers, including almost two dozen of Italy’s best olive oil producers to New York, to launch his 2016 guide. Olive and and wine were Continue reading Flos Olei Launch: NYC

60 Minutes Investigation: Agromafia Olive Oil Fraud

Agromafia is a term many learned in the 60 Minutes story on January 3, 2016, kicking off the new year with an olive oil expose. 60 Minutes, together with Tom Mueller (author of Extravirginity), and the Italian government’s “Food FBI” Continue reading 60 Minutes Investigation: Agromafia Olive Oil Fraud