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Brand of olive oil served at Babbo?

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gnocchicroissant May 17, 2010 07:45 PM

Anyone know the brand of olive oil Babbo serves (with the bread if you ask)? I asked the waiter last time I was there, but didn't write it down and forgot. Help!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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    mcoleman RE: gnocchicroissant May 18, 2010 03:56 AM

    dining at OTTO two weeks ago we inquired about the olive oil served w/bread and were told: Primo Frantoi Cutrera Extra Virgin Olive Oil. i found it @ Zabar's for $30/liter. quite possible the same OO is used at other Batali joints.

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      foodwhisperer RE: mcoleman Oct 28, 2010 07:49 PM

      Battali will most likely buy from same olive oil supplier for all the restaurants. That's what they all do. Many well known restaurants will get from the same supplier when product is good and price is right. Just like Sullivan St. bread is in many restaurants, the restaurants like people to think they make it themselves. Also, there is olive oil I cook with and olive oil i drizzle on food, two different types.

    2. erica RE: gnocchicroissant May 18, 2010 04:40 AM

      Why don't you call them and ask? On his old Food Network shows, Mario always raved about Laudemio oil. I looked for it in Florence and when I did find it, the shop owner told me that only Americans would pay such prices for Tuscan oil. I think it is made by Frescobaldi.

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        gutsofsteel RE: erica May 18, 2010 04:46 AM

        Laudemio is very good, and Marco Canora at Hearth also uses is sometimes. I have seen it at the Vinegar Factory ($$$).

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        Eli's Vinegar Factory
        431 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128

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          barberinibee RE: erica May 25, 2010 04:36 AM

          Laudemio is produced by a consortium of 30 Tuscan olive growers near Firenze. Frescobaldi is one of the thirty. So is Fattoria di Maiori in Fiesole, and it is possible to take a 15 minute bus ride from the center of Firenze to their mill and tour the production. They also have a restaurant on site (and even apartments if you'd like to stay).

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          cavafan RE: gnocchicroissant May 18, 2010 02:07 PM

          Mario Batali always used Frantoia on his show, and I've seen bottles of it at Lupa, so would bet he uses it at Babbo, too. You can find it at Safeway for about $22.

          1. tupac17616 RE: gnocchicroissant May 18, 2010 03:41 PM

            my guess is DaVero

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              oysterspearls RE: gnocchicroissant May 18, 2010 07:31 PM

              I am positive it was DaVero a number of years ago unless he recently changed brands.

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                gmhopkins2 RE: gnocchicroissant May 19, 2010 08:45 AM

                I know it is DaVero -- I did a story on the oil and interviewed Mario. You can order the oil (the first olive oil from the US to win a prize in Italy) at their website: davero.com

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                  c oliver RE: gmhopkins2 Sep 20, 2010 07:29 AM

                  I've been using that olive oil for about a year after he recommended it in Molto Italiano, I believe. I also got their balsamic vinegar and am getting ready to reorder and include a bottle of their Meyer lemon oo from their own lemon trees. Obviously I really like it.

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