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

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

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

Discovering Puglia: Cuisine and Olive Oil

Imagine this train ride through Puglia where you can discover the cuisine and olive oil: Look out the window and you’ll gaze at Puglia. What do you see? Whitewashed hill towns, miles and miles of coastline, the unique architecture of Trulli, and Continue reading Discovering Puglia: Cuisine and Olive Oil

Spaghetti alla Amatriciana in honor of Amatrice

  We can’t take full credit for this great Spaghetti alla Amatriciana. First credit goes to the fabulous ingredients (they do make a difference!) and recipe inspiration goes to Julia Della Croce. We used her recipe but subbed the Passata Continue reading Spaghetti alla Amatriciana in honor of Amatrice

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