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Apr 28, 2011 01:19 PM

Best resonably priced olive oil

When it comes to olive oil here in Quebec I've found that there are only a small number of importers. Generally these companies import in bulk and bottle here, often under a variety of names for each importer.

It might not mean much, or a great deal (I don't know) but I've taken to seeking out extra virgin olive oils that are pressed and bottled in Greece or Italy. It may mean I pay a few bucks more, but I don't care.

I'm not adverse to anyone telling me that I'm wrong. In fact, if posters know why I shouldn't take this stance, I'd be pleased to read it. What I also want to find out is which brands are considered the best for folks who don't have the budget to blow on a bottle. Olive oil can get quite pricey, and I'm not even going into the realm of the "boutique" brands that you can only find in select shops such as those in the Atwater market.

I've seen bottles at Adonis going for upwards of $20+, and I know there are some out there that can command a small fortune. Keep it reasonable folks. Are Greek and Italian bottled imports actually better than those bottled in bulk here in Canada, and if so which (or, au contraire, which bulk brands are good)?

I've become wary since I've heard tales of importers passing off lesser grades of olive oil as better ones to command a higher price.

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  1. The owner of Chez Vito's, whose counsel I trust very much, recommended Glafkos for typical olive oil use in the kitchen. It's inexpensive (about $8, and available in large tins as well). I've been very happy with it.

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    1. re: nikkori

      Good point. But there's olive oil that's of less than virgin quality used for cooking, and there's the good stuff that should only be used in its natural state, say, on salads.

    2. I usually get one of the bigger formats from Adonis for everyday use and I get a nicer bottle from Olives et Epices at MJT for salads and such. But my next bottle is going to be from Marché Atwater. I tried something from there recently that I will be happy to spend extra on.

      like you, I have heard tons of stories about people passing off other types of oil as olive oil, especially Italian and greek Imports. I figure there is no way for me to know if what I am using is real olive oil or not, so, I only buy it from stores that I trust like Adonis (they should know their olive oil) and Olives et Epices. I have friends who are partial to the Cosco olive oil, but a big company like that, in my admittedly biased opinion, is less trustworthy than a small family company like Adonis.

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      1. re: hala

        Costco has much more to lose than Adonis if they were to fraud people by selling them olive oil if it wasn't the case, it would make headlines all over North America.

        1. re: westaust

          Like I said, I am biased. I don't like bigger companies. I try to buy from small local stores. I konw Adonis is getting pretty big, but it is still owned by a local family.

        2. re: hala

          For balancing price and quality, Costo is a good choice even if you're partial to smaller family companies. Agree with Westaust that there is little chance that they would intentionally defraud anyone.

        3. Theres one that I get at Atwater Market at the shop upstairs closest to Premier Moisson called Dedalo. 15$ for half a liter, i think it tastes great. Give it a try.

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          1. re: jay_81k

            I bought a gallon at marché adonis I think it was 1.9 liters EVOO cedar brand I think and it was on special at 19$ sell around 21$ usually. Also I know there very cheap olive oil used for cooking by many restaurants that is very cheap to buy.

            I've been told that the acidity is the key when tasting olive oil.
            So many places sell their oil at prices that are so ridiculous. So there's a kind of a scam in this market I believe.

            1. re: maj54us

              Try Kalikori Olive Oil, it's actually bottled in Greece by some Montrealers, low acidity and very good flavor. 500ml is in the $18-22 range. Well worth the price.

          2. I use La Belle Excuse as my fancier oil (salads, dipings bread, etc...). Greek olive oil, bottled in Quebec. The bottle is around 19$, for I believe 500ml.

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            1. re: sweettoothMTL

              I bought a bottle of Minerva from Adonis for around $8.50. A 750 ml bottle, extra virgin cold pressed and bottled in Greece. They even had they type of olive from which it was pressed listed on the label. I figured this was a fair exchange, though I must confess I haven't tried it yet, even though I bought some spectacular tomatoes from Adonis at the same time.

              1. re: Haggisboy

                I really like Il Frantoio olive oil. I usually buy it at Milano but have seen it in many other places. When I buy the 5l can it comes up to 60$. I use it both for cooking and raw.

            2. I love the Kirkland brand at Costco. I buy the extra virgin one for non cooking. It is $10.99 and really good. It is produced in Italy.