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Olive oil: D'Espana? DiPalo's? Some other place?

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I'm trying to decide where I'll buy my day-to-day extra-virgin olive oil from now on, because the level of quality has gone sharply down at the place where I usually buy it.

I'm used to paying about 30 dollars for a can (about 3 liters.) The kind of oil I like is full-flavored but not so sharp that it's scratchy on the throat.

Does anyone have any experience with the oils at D'Espana? I see they sell a 22 dollar botttle of some oil but haven't had the chance to try it. And how about the large cans at DiPalo's?

Or is there any other relatively affordable source for this type of oil?

Thanks!
Rina

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  1. Both are good options. If you want Spanish then head to D'espana. Their products are good as is their olive oil. Good prices relatively. Di Paolo has good extra virgin oil for under thirty per 3 liter can. It is our staple oil. They always have a couple of choices. Good higher end options too.

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    Di Palo's Fine Foods
    200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    Despana
    408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    1. I'm not an olive oil expert, but Fairway has an extensive selection, and I think the prices there are better than at either Di Palo or Despana. Buon Italia in Chelsea Market also carries a lot of different olive oils, but it's more expensive than Fairway.

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      Di Palo's Fine Foods
      200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

      Despana
      408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Buon Italia
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Fairway Market
      2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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      1. re: small h

        Fairway. They now have cans of D.O. Baena olive oil from Spain. Under $30. Excellent.

        http://www.fairwaymarket.com/pages.ph...

        1. re: erica

          ...Ooops. Fairway is precisely the place I was referring to. Maybe I just have extremely bad luck, but the last three cans I bought from Fairway (including one Baena) didn't feel fresh at all. The Baena was the last one I got, and I had high hopes for it, but that was the last straw.
          I still have the end of that can and I feel so disappointed.

          But my intention was to learn about alternatives, and today I ended up getting a medium-size bottle from D'Espana and it suits my purposes. Nice olive oil for daily use, 22 dollars for what looks like 2 liters.
          Thanks everyone.

          1. re: Rina S

            Sorry to hear that the Fairway Baena was spoiled. Did you take it back to them?

            Has anyone else had a problem with Fairway olive oils?

            1. re: erica

              I bought a liter bottle of the Baena about a week ago, it is perfectly fine. Nothing special, but not in bad condition by any means.

      2. I've shopped at D'Espana on several occasions and you really can't go wrong there. Olive oil choices really depend on your own subjective taste, but I happen to love Spanish olive oil and buy from here sometimes. You can get a good brand for your price range (I bought a huge yellow can from there a while ago, but forget the brand name...)

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        Despana
        408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

        1. By the way I am not a fan of Fairway's oils either; I think they taste funny, dunno if that's just me or if they've been sitting there....

          1. We buy 'em both: Despana and DiPalo's.

            We like the difference, one is Spanish the other is Italian, as we like to prepare both dishes at home. Personally, I seem to use up the Despana ones more when needing for sandwiches or dippping condiments.

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            Di Palo's Fine Foods
            200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

            Despana
            408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013