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Information Wanted on Mantova Extra Virgin OO

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Unkle Al Oct 16, 2010 01:48 PM

Whole Foods is introducing a new product (for them) called Mantova Extra Virgin OO. They are selling it cheaply for the introduction at $19.99 per 3 litres.

I have never heard of this brand, it is distributed by Fine Italian Food located in Naperville, ILL.

Does anyone know of this brand and its’ quality level?

I am pretty happy with the WF 365 EVOO which I think may be packed by Colavita and don’t want to change unless it is to a better quality.

I googled the brand and did not find anything too illuminating.

  1. mbfant Oct 17, 2010 02:10 PM

    what does it say on the label? where is it produced? what are the cultivars? is it DOP? or at least produced in a specific area (Mantova? not known for its oils, or is that just a name?) organic? how is it packaged? who makes it?

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      Unkle Al Oct 18, 2010 06:31 AM

      Thank you for your help.

      It is packaged in a typical 3 litre metal container.

      It is not organic.

      Label Says:

      FRATELLI
      MANTOVA
      SINCE 1905

      ITALIAN GOLDEN

      100% Italian

      Extra Virgin
      Olive Oil

      PRODUCT OF ITALY

      SUPERIOR CATEGORY OLIVE OIL OBTAINED DIRECTLY FROM OLIVES AND SOLELY BY MECHANICAL MEANS

      (COLD EXTRACT)

      They do have a website in Italy:

      http://www.alimentareitaliana.it/index01.html

      Apparently, they are a large distributor of Italian food products. And, among other info related to their company, I got the following information from it:

      Location & Address
      Compagnia Alimentare Italiana operates out of its main plant in Broccostella, in the countryside south of Rome (Ciociaria).
      For all contacts and documents please refer to:
      COMPAGNIA ALIMENTARE ITALIANA S.P.A
      Registered Office: Via Cesare Pascarella, 63 – 00153 Roma
      Head Office (Administration and Facility):
      Via Ponte Tapino, 19 - 03030 Broccostella (FR) - Italia
      C.F. 05207721001 - P.I. 02154500603 - CCIAA RM-1216437 and FR-162163 Telephone ++39 0776 - 890775
      Fax ++39 0776 - 892750
      E-mail info@alimentareitaliana.it

      FINE ITALIAN FOOD (North America office
      )2608 Flagstone Circle, Naperville, IL 60564
      Telephone: (630) 904-0002 Fax: (630) 904-0044
      www.fineitalianfood.com
      E-mail: info@fineitalianfood.com

      That’s it, no mention of DOP, cultivars or production location.

      1. re: Unkle Al
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        bob96 Oct 19, 2010 12:07 AM

        Whew--thanks for the transcribing. I'd guess thast the 100% Italian extra virgin is a blend of mostly Pugliese, Sicilian (the largest oil regions), and maybe some oil form the company's home base in Lazio. It's probably a relatively mild/soft oil. It would be equivalent to Colavita, DeCecco, Monini, and other large producers' offerings. The Lot # can usually be deciphered, I think, as L+year bottled (L09, for example). There usually is not a sell by date for these mass-market (but often still good value, if fresh) everyday oils.

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