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Jan 1, 2008 10:21 AM

ATL need Olive Oil recommendation

I used to buy my olive oil at Eatzi's - I loved the big bottles of Monte Pollino olive oil they used to sell. It was fruity and just a little peppery, and seemed to work with whatever recipe I needed it for. But of course Eatzi's is now gone...sigh. I've tried half a dozen varieties from Whole Foods, but haven't found what I'm looking for. They're all too light or too strong. I even spent 30-minutes at the oil tasting bar in the Buckhead location one day to no avail. Can anyone recommend a substitute oil brand and where you got it?

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  1. I cant - I use an unfiltered EVOO from TJ's for everyday - but I can tell you who can help you. Savor - a gourmet store in Buckhead - has a wonderful selection of Olive Oils. January, one of the owners, is very helpful and she did a tasting for a group of foodies here one time. My fave ended up being a very reasonable bottle that sold for about $10 a bottle. She could steer you in the right direction as far as taste and price.

    1. Found this at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen and think it's a nicely balanced, middle of the road olive oil that pairs nicely with most. It's L'Estornell (with picture of bird on the outside) - from Spain and you can find it at Williams Sonoma or I have seen smaller bottles at Fresh Market (would be perfect size to try). Hope you enjoy it!

      1. Go talk to the folks at Star Provisions. They won't steer you wrong.

        1. I am totally in the same boat with you; however, being a Texan in a small town of only 100 thousand people there isn't much choice here, and my local grocery has not had that brand on the shelf in a very long time. As with everything else, when I run out of it and think I can't live without it, I go online and see where I can order it in from and if the price is acceptable. Although I was only paying about $11 for a liter of this oil I managed to find 2 places online, one was "out of stock" at $22.95 per bottle! And this site which sells it at $12.95 per liter bottle and of course shipping... about $10.50 for the one bottle and then around $2.00+ more for each additional bottle. Just depends on how much you loved the taste and how much money you are willing to spend trying to find something else that you like and having to "kiss all the frogs" to find the prince of olive oil. Good luck!

          1. Try Bariani, out of Sacramento, CA. You can order off the 'net it's absolutely fresh and delicious domestic oil. Wonderful.