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In Search of Great Olive Oil..

tpix Feb 20, 2012 09:32 PM

I'm a big fan of ethnic markets in LA. I'm on the westside and there are some pretty good Persian markets with great olives and feta. Does any one have a line on olive oil ? I'm a big fan of the cloudy- unfiltered variety, It work like butter, but better...

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  1. Baron RE: tpix Feb 21, 2012 05:55 AM

    Sorrento's in Culver City on Sepulveda Blvd is a family run Italian grocery and has a large selection of olive oils. Also, Surfa's at the other end of Culver City on Walshington also has a large selection of olive oils. Surfas also has an olive oil tasting bar so you can sample.

    1. carln RE: tpix Feb 21, 2012 09:36 AM

      You may be looking for the Olio Nuevo which is the first press of the first fruit of the season. It is generally unfiltered and is absolutely delicious. I get mine from a farm in Paso called Olivas De Oro (they are also online) but there are other producers that sell nuevo locally as well.

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        whatsfordinner RE: tpix Feb 21, 2012 01:50 PM

        Guidi Marcello on 10th St in Santa Monica carries a some lovely olive oils at great prices. It's closed on weekends.

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          Charles Pepper RE: tpix Feb 21, 2012 03:26 PM

          Oliana is a shop that sells nothing but olive oil. (along with some balsamic vinegars, etc)

          It's in West Hollywood, on Santa Monica blvd and Robertson - part of the Pavillions complex.

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            gordo26 RE: tpix Feb 21, 2012 04:30 PM

            Bay Cities also has a good selection of olive oils. For me - the best olive oil quality to price that I've found for everyday cooking is Trader Joes Spanish Olive oil. Can't be beat for the price.

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              tpix RE: gordo26 Feb 21, 2012 05:23 PM

              I agree that Trader Joe's Spanish Oil may be the best bang for buck. I seem to recall they were selling an unfiltered first pressing Italian oil over the holidays. I didn't get a chance to taste it though...

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              funkycold RE: tpix Feb 23, 2012 03:23 PM

              I go to We Olive in Long Beach for olive oil.

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