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Oct 8, 2008 05:22 AM

Let's talk about Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We presently use Carapelli, but i would like to hear your opinons on EVOO for pasta dishes, using only oil, garlic & anchovies.

Where in Toronto can i buy a good quality EVOO for the above, keeping in mind that we live in the Upper Beaches.

Please keep the oil to either Italy or Greece, and give pricing if you know it.

Thanks for any & all input.

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  1. Folks, please keep the discussion focused on where to buy specific olive oils in Toronto. Any posts solely about the quality of an olive oil or its use in a recipe will be moved to General Chowhounding Topics or the Home Cooking board. Thanks!

    1. Purchased some outstanding EVOO from the North Market of SLM a while back and found it to be very mild. Definitely a great find IMO. $16 for about 1L. It was from Greece. Only available on Saturday (mornings/early afternoon) when the North Market is open. Not sure where they else they may supply outside those hours.


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      1. re: BokChoi

        Finally landed up buying a bottle of Barbera EVOO from an Italian grocery store on the Danforth. It's pricey - $23.00 for a litre, but i'm happy with the flavour. Used it on our pasta dish last night, and it was very yummy.

        1. re: BokChoi

          The Acropolis is the same one I use for everyday purposes, Bok Choi. You'll be happy to know it's available 5 days a week in the south market. You'll find it in the basement at Lively Life. You'll be even happier to know they sell it for a dollar less than at SLFM. I wouldn't cross town for a buck, but you can bet I'll cross the street.

        2. Silver leaf is really nice, it's my favourite and can be found at the big carrot or SLM (both in the large cheese/deli place upstairs and the assorted food place downstairs (the one with all the sauces and stuff across from the rice's)

          It's about $21 the large bottle I think, and there is a small bottle too. If you go to the SLM there is a lot to choose from, Chris's cheese mongers also were displaying some oils when I was there last.

          1. I read a recent report that CFIA assessed Italian and Greek evoo and found that 28% of them were adulterated.
            I don't want to cast Italian evoo in a bad light, but I will definitely look for that report!

            Here is a Marketplace summary, mostly low end evoo

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            1. re: jayt90

              Just because your EVOO is bottled in Italy desn't mean it's Italian--or even olive oil. Here's a scary article from The New Yorker:

              1. re: jayt90

                Indeed jayt90, thanks for the link.

                To add to the CBC report, according to the International Olive Oil Council Italy is the largest importer of Turkish olive oil. Which does not necessarily mean anything negative; it’s just that I am wary of any olive oil that is cheap. According to IOOC last year’s specs, Greece produced the largest percentage of Extra Virgin olive oil from its total production (I can’t recall the amount other than it is the highest percentage), larger than either Italy or Spain.

                I like Silver Leaf olive oil, which is Greek, and can be purchased at the Big Carrot for around $21.00 a liter. I do not usually cook with the Silver Leaf; I use Silver Leaf for dressings, drizzle on meats or fish, marinate etc, etc… What I use for frying is Minerva from Greece, which can be purchased from Loblaws for about $8.00 per liter.

                1. re: jayt90

                  Folks, please keep this thread focused on where to buy good EVOO in the Toronto area. If you want to continue the discussion about fraudulent or tainted EVOO, there's a thread on the General Chowhounding Topics board that is discussing exactly this issue:



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