"New" Olive Oils in Manhattan--2011?
- erica Dec 10, 2011 11:11 AM
Has anyone seen the oil from the 2011 harvest at local stores? They usually arrive around this time of year. I know DiPalo usually gets shipment of their own label from Sicily but I'd like to try something else this year.
I'm interested in oil from Italy or Spain but will consider Greek as well if you have a good recommendation. (I've seen these on the Gustiamo site but they are priced in the $30's and $40s for less than a liter, plus shipping) Please offer specific names if you have any....thanks!
I've seen one or two oils labeled "novello" (at least one from Sicily if I am remembering correctly) at Fairway in the past but never bought any. Are there any currently on the shelf? At Eataly I was told that they would not be in until the end of the year, but surely the harvest/shipping time varies slightly from region to region, country to country in Europe.
There's an Italian Novello on sale and open for tasting at BuonItalia in Chelsea Market but nothing on the label about provenance; it may come from the same Puglian sources that supply the shop's house brand. I was told at Eataly that new oils would be coming in in stages from December through January. Fairway and others sell a "Novello di Macina" from Manfredo Barberi in Sicilym whose Frantoia is always excellent. I'd look at the label for harvest dates/years before buying.
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Just returned from the WestSide (west 70s) Fairway, sans new oil. They do not have any at the moment that I could find, even with the help of a somewhat knowledgeable staff person. I was steered toward a Spanish oil, but checking the dates confirmed that this was not from the current harvest.
Next door, Citarella is selling a Colavita bottle marked "novello," but I passed on that.
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