Best olive oil?
- Henrietta Stackpole Jun 13, 2008 02:53 PM
What, in the collective Chow opinion, is the best brand of olive oil?
To me, it's a question of what you are going to use the olive oil for. I vary my "cheap" olive oil - sometimes Kirkland from Costco, sometimes Colavita, sometimes the house olive oil from Citarella or Murrays (places in NYC). Right now, I'm using several Spanish olives oils - one less expensive for cooking, one for "drizzling", for cooking from the COTM books. I also love Fruttato, from Sardinia.
If you live near a Trader Joe's, they have a number of good olive oil choices. I particularly like Santini for cooking and First Lady for dressing greens. The current issue of Cooks Illustrated featured a tasting of supermarket olive oils. Their favorite was Columela. Interestingly, Da Vinci, which was last years winner came in almost dead last. It shows how the taste of a harvest can change from year to year.
I like the brand "O" Olive oil...they make a whole bunch of interesting and delicious flavors.