Is Olio Carli Extra Virgin Olive Oil any good?
I just got an offer in the mail for 6 half liter bottles of Olio Carli EVOO for $29.99, which is half price. I've seen it at Fairway and actually think I bought the regular olive oil once for frying, but I'm not sure if the extra virgin is any good. My favorite is Frantoia, but that's pretty pricey. The thing that makes me curious is that they don't mention what region of Italy it's from in the brochure, which makes me think it's probably from Spain or Greece. I know both countries make some great olive oil, but I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to my olive oil.
I ordered this particular item along with several cheeses from i-gourmet about 3 months ago. I too am a bit of a snob when it comes to olive oil, but I truly love this product. It has a very smooth, clean, and easily blendable finish with very low acidity. Especially considering the price-I say go for it! I have tried many EVOO and this is one of my favorites. Where did you receive the offer from?
Carli's an interesting outfit--in Italy they sell only directly to consumers (tens of thousands) and a well respected national brand. The firm is in Liguria and does make a DOP extra virgin from local taggiasca olives, but I've not seen it here. Their regular EVOO "frutatto" is from all Italian olives, likely from Sicily, Puglia, and/or Calabria as well as Liguria, fashioned to a fairly smooth, mild taste reflective of the Ligurian style. Their regular "pure" olive oil is a multi (Euro)national blend, according to their Italian website. Assuming your bottles are reasonably fresh you've got a good deal.
I recently ordered on a similar offer-- it took a super long time to get it (ordered in November, they charged me right away but didn't end up having it in stock to be able to send to me until March or April), but I've been quite happy with it!
I know this is a really old post but I had to reply to throw my love for this brand EVOO to the list. I order it from the company a case at a time. I have tried many other brands that I can buy local but always end up going back to Olio Carli. Has to be my favorite EVOO out there. Excellent price to compared to most premium brands on the shelf at the local grocer.