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Ariston olive oil? extra virgin reserve

foxy fairy Dec 23, 2008 07:59 AM

I was thinking of putting a bottle of this olive oil in my mom's stocking... anybody tried it? If not, another snazzy olive oil? Not sure if this is the right board to post, but I don't know where else, CH team :) thanks!

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  1. mbfant Dec 26, 2008 11:01 PM

    The snazziest of all is probably Manni (www.manni.biz). What is Ariston? What does it say on the label? Where is is from?

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      BobB Dec 28, 2008 09:51 AM

      As the name would imply, it's Greek - specifically from Kalamata. It's a regionally sold product in New England and New York. I haven't tasted it myself but the company runs a very popular "refill and save" program, where you buy a bottle to start and then can refill it at a number of retail locations at a discount price from a bulk container.

      http://www.aristonoliveoil.com/

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      emilief Dec 28, 2008 04:14 PM

      It is excellent. Very appropriate for a gift. I have been using it for several years and bring the empty bottle to my local butcher shop to refill at a reduced price.

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        jlwmuse Jan 2, 2009 05:22 PM

        can anyone tell me where to find a place to refill these bottles in/near nyc? i originally came across the Ariston products in Mystic, CT and love them. would like to find them closer to home! thanks

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          BobB Jan 5, 2009 05:33 AM

          Check with Ariston at the Web site I listed above. They have a contact page.

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            Steady Habits Jan 5, 2009 10:44 AM

            I used to be able to find it at *some* Stop & Shops. One near me discontinued it; the manager told me it was because the significant Italian-America population preferred Italian oils. It seems I was the only person who bought it.

            The only other place I've found, which stocks it in the keg so you can BYOB, is Rose's Orchard in North Branford, CT. But I'm afraid that's not awfully convenient to NYC, and it closes for the winter. What about Stew Leonard's? You think they might carry it? Other than that, you ought to be able to find it somewhere in Astoria, even by mail or phone order, I should think.

            I *love* Ariston. It is my favorite all-around oil. If I can't find the Reserve, I'm happy with its everyday oil. I like Greek oils, anyway.

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              purple_doughnut Nov 10, 2009 12:03 PM

              My co-op (4th street food coop) carries Ariston Select. Park Slope might have it too.

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            Suffie Jul 20, 2009 05:38 AM

            This olive oil really is the most pure tasting I've ever had. I used to live in NYC and bought it all the time. Now I moved out of state and can't find it anywhere. It really is the best olive oil I've ever had. It's so, so good. What I buy now just doesn't compare at all. Does anyone know where to find it in Massachusetts?

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              BobB Jul 20, 2009 06:49 AM

              The When Pigs Fly store in Coolidge Corner sells it, and does refills.

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              When Pigs Fly Breads
              1378 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

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                FlyFish Jul 20, 2009 12:15 PM

                Nejaime's Liquors in Pittsfield and Bolton Orchards in Bolton both carry it in bulk, along with the balsamic vinegar.

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                  fame da lupo Jan 23, 2010 04:45 PM

                  Available in Northampton at Different Drummer's Kitchen (does refills).

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                    corinnerose Jan 29, 2010 05:49 AM

                    Cooks Shop Here in Northampton also has some really great olive oil. The people who run that place really know their stuff when it comes to olive oil. And tea, for that matter.

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                      fame da lupo Jan 29, 2010 02:23 PM

                      Agreed. Yesterday I saw the Ariston is available at Cornucopia in Thorne's, $8 refills ($10 at Different Drummer).

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                  cheesemaestro Nov 10, 2009 01:34 PM

                  Another excellent olive oil from Greece (specifically, Crete) is Aria. It won an award for outstanding olive oil at the New York Fancy Food Show a couple of years ago. Here's the link to the website:

                  http://www.araliaoliveoils.com/

                  Aria is made from the Koroneiki olive variety, not the Kalamata. Greeks love the Kalamata as an eating olive (as does the rest of the world!), but think that the Koroneiki yields a higher quality oil.

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                    Lenox637 Nov 11, 2009 06:52 AM

                    I have been seeing it at Homegoods and at Marshall's, two of the TJX stores. Although I have two or three places nearby to refill my bottles.

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                      cdindc Nov 16, 2009 04:29 PM

                      I love Ariston olive oil. It has a bright, almost grassy flavor. Very refined. It's really lovely.

                      1. fame da lupo Jan 23, 2010 04:46 PM

                        Ariston is a good quality, light olive oil. Would go well in your pantry next to a heavier, more olivey Italian oil.

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