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Olive oil for Dipping?

random amblings Jun 5, 2007 02:36 PM

Can anyone recommend an olive oil that is readily available in the west suburban area?
(I am close to TJ's WF and Lamberts, as well as SS+S and Shaws.) Has anyone tried the olive oil featured in glass "flippie" containers at Lamberts? The companion balsamic Vinegar is excellent, imho.


  1. nyc_cravings Jun 6, 2007 10:02 AM

    If interested, your question just happens to coincide w/a NYTimes article about an olive oil competition in LA. Results won't be in until the 16th, but I'm def going to keep tabs.

    I once asked a restaurant about their particularly great olive oil; I was told the brand name is "Aria." I've been able to find it in stores and would certainly recommend it, but I do wonder if it's the same brand as the restaurant.

    A related question for all: Greek olive oil or Spanish?

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    1. re: nyc_cravings
      The Chowhound Team Jun 6, 2007 11:44 AM

      Folks, this discussion is moving away from recommending places to buy olive oil in the Boston area. Please start a new thread on the General Chowhounding Topics board to discuss the best olive oils on the market. This info will help Chowhounds everywhere, and will help us keep this board a focused source of local chow tips.

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      emilief Jun 6, 2007 09:47 AM

      Johne Dewar butcher shop in Newton and in Wellesley sell a wonderful greek olive oil
      "Ariston" - very green and fruity. They have it in a big vat and you fill a bottle and when you empty the bottle you can take it back for a refill minus the cost of the bottle. I believe you can get this oil also at Lookout Farm in s.Natick.

      1. almansa Jun 6, 2007 05:48 AM

        Also available at WF is my favorite price performer - Da Morgada Organic. I think it compares favorably to oils in the $30-40/btl range. It is a ripe, fruit-forward style, more akin to a Provencale oil than to an Tuscan. Divina, as mentioned, is a quality oil for low money, common in restaurant use for its value. Divina also manufacrtures most of the "private label" bulk antipasti, etc at WFM, such as the roasted red and yellow tomatoes, dolmas and various marinated olives.

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        1. re: almansa
          galleygirl Jun 6, 2007 05:50 AM

          This particular Divina product isn't part of the bulk line used in restaurants. It's much too grassy to use for cooking, fo one...I only use it to top the freshest greens from my garden...

          1. re: galleygirl
            almansa Jun 6, 2007 10:13 AM

            Actually, it is. Divina Renieris Estate from Crete is available in 3L tins and, like Aria, Unio and Iliada - all readily available, is quite common in restaurant use. I wasn't aware of any other Divina extra virgin product.

            1. re: almansa
              galleygirl Jun 6, 2007 10:54 AM

              Good to know, thanks! I'll have to get a bigger tin next time!

        2. galleygirl Jun 5, 2007 02:39 PM

          I get a lot of EVOO samples through work, but my favorite, which I will actually pay my own grubby pennies for, is Divina, available in Whole Foods, and I don't know where else. It's grown on a plantation in Crete, and it's a single-estate oil. Forget the olive right now, cuz the bottle is at the BF's house...
          It's sharp and green a GRASSY.

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            dustycolby2 Jun 5, 2007 02:38 PM

            if you have a panera near you, i believe i saw that panera carries olive oils for dipping.....
            just a thought.

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