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Best olive oil?

Henrietta Stackpole Jun 13, 2008 02:53 PM

What, in the collective Chow opinion, is the best brand of olive oil?

  1. Chew on That Jun 16, 2008 02:08 PM

    I like the brand "O" Olive oil...they make a whole bunch of interesting and delicious flavors.

    1. Bob Brooks Jun 14, 2008 01:29 PM

      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.

      1. MMRuth Jun 13, 2008 03:07 PM

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        1. MMRuth Jun 13, 2008 03:04 PM

          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.

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          1. re: MMRuth
            Henrietta Stackpole Jun 14, 2008 06:37 AM

            Where can you buy Fruttato?

            1. re: Henrietta Stackpole
              MMRuth Jun 14, 2008 06:47 AM

              I buy mine on Arthur Avenue in NYC, but have seen it in several other stores as well, none of which come to mine right now.

              http://www.gourmetsardinia.com/oo_fru... - I've not tried this brand, but started using it when I cooked from this guy's cookbook.

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