Olive Oil Store in West Chester
A new store opened up in West Chester a month or two ago. Called "A Taste of Olive", located at the corner of High St. and Miner (one south of Market), it specializes in olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
The oil is in vats and you can taste them before they pour you a 750ml or 375 ml bottle. A lot of them are flavored (with mushrooms, or garlic, or rosemary, or a whole lot of other things) but myself, I stick to the plain ones. My favorite is a greek olive (Kolamata?) grown in California. They seem to have a lot of oils from olives grown in Australia.
They have a selection of balsamic vinegars, served the same way. A lot of them flavored (once again, I stay away, I prefer the pure product).
There are also a handful of other products -- walnut oil, salts, flavored salts. Today I saw some fresh bread from the Three Little Pigs sandwich shop up the street. Haven't tried it yet, but it felt very fresh.
If you want to give oils or vinegars as gifts, the packaging is very well suited to that. Bottles are decorated with their logo, and sealed after they fill them for you. Tag over the neck, and gift bags. If you just want good oil because you're a foodie, that will mean less to you.
They recycle bottles and they have a frequent buyer program.
I wish them well. They are a nice addition to the food scene in an otherwise arid suburb.
Thanks for this post...I love this store! The staff is enthusiastic and seem to really love teaching customers about olive oil. I had no idea that tasting olive oil could be so much fun and the balsamic vinegars are great.
I bought blood Orange olive oil and pomegranate balsamic and made vianagrette that was so good. Great place to buy gifts.
Wow, thank you so much for mentioning this! I drove right by yesterday and missed it entirely. I'm in Malvern, so I don't need much of an excuse to go to West Chester -- although I might as well use the opportunity to try out El Portal, also in WC (which hasn't been reviewed here yet, alas).
Cindy and Francis, how you tease me. Boy, did they not have that when *I* lived in West Chester! I just went through greater WC to get to Winterthur the other day and about fainted at all those new houses. I know I say that every time I'm out that way, but sheesh! Vote your township supervisors out of office, posthaste!
This is, of course, a serious food post. Love olive oil! And the green aspect - recycling bottles - is fabulous. I'm desperately curious to know who owns it.
Mawrter, if you're referring to that Toll Bros. sprawl on Rt. 52, I totally agree with you. What an eyesore! Those must have been approved in a middle-of-the-night secret meeting. The rest of the township, and those nearby, are growing in a bit more civilized manner.
But sprawl aside, maybe the culinary growth in the area will lure you back. There's so much that's wonderful about this part of Chester County, and it's getting better all the time.