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Dec 18, 2006 02:35 PM

olive oil

where's the best place to buy some really good olive oil for gifts in brooklyn?

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  1. Probably Stinky on Smith St. The have a nice selection of olive oils, vinegars, etc in addition to the cheese.

    1. Your first stop should probably be the wall of olive oils at FAIRWAY in Red Hook, but if that neighborhood isn't on your radar screen, then try these:

      COLUCCIO'S - totally Italian market on 60th Street near 12th Avenue, near Borough Park.

      The corner store at Court & Pacific excellent selection of worldwide OOs.

      Garden of Eden (Brooklyn Heights)- pricey.

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      1. re: Mike R.

        ditto Mike R's reccs - the Colluccio oils are delicious and well priced - at Fairway you can taste through their selection, which goes beyond italy. I bought a couple of scrumptious Spanish oils there a few weeks ago.

        1. re: jen kalb

          Is it me or what, but no matter which store in NYC, it seems that high-quality Portuguese olive oils are totally under-represented...why is that?

          At least I know where to find them!

        2. re: Mike R.

          I'd also say Fairway. I've gotten some really great small-batch italian olive oils there before. And I know you wanted to stay in BK, but there's a specialty olive oil place in the east village... I think on E. 10th near 1st, or thereabouts.

        3. Sahadi's has a nice selection.

          1. FAIRWAY has the largest selection of high quality EVOO at varying prices from many different countries. The great advantage here is that you can taste and make a choice. Bread for dipping is provided.

            SAHADI has a nice selection as well, but no tasting. Their 1 litre COLAVITA EVOO for $11.99 is great. FWIW, COLAVITA is the only commercial EVOO made in Italy from Italian olives.

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            1. re: Fleur

              But you can only dip and taste THEIR own FW brand(albeit a dozen varieties), unless another guest oil is featured.

              There's something icky about the FW communal dipping routine, in case you hadn't noticed.

              1. re: Mike R.

                lets not talk about icky, please. Im grateful to be able to taste.

                Im not sure I agree with the assertion about Colavita above. If I were giving an olive oil gift, that would not be it. Im also not sure how well their italian oils move. The thing that sets Sahadi apart in Brooklyn is their delicious lebanese oils, as well as the wellpriced greek ones, but most people wouldnt be looking for big tins of oil as their gift.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  Agree with Jen--nothing icky about the tastig at all, as long as you dopn't double dip. I'd also pass on Colavita as a gift, as decent as they are. There are other large-scale Italian extra virgins made form all-Italian olives; Monini and Carli are two. Finally, if there's no sell-by date, and that date is not at least a year or 18 months away, pass em by.

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