Looking for olive oil in Palermo
I'll be in Palermo at the end of February and I'd like to buy local olive oil. Please advise me on the best type of oil and where I can buy it. Thanks!
Oil from the Nocellara del Belice olives of Trapani is pressed close to Palermo. There is an organic cheese producer who maintains a shop in Palermo selling regional specialties, mainly organic products, so you should be able to trust his oil. In addition to his own cheeses and fresh ricotta he also sells organic fresh dark bread from Castelvetrano which is an unusual historic bread and very tasty.
The local DOP Val di Mazara covers a chunk of the province of Palermo; oils are made from the Biancollila, Nocellara, and Cerasuolo varietals and are rich, fruity, and a little bitter-grassy. In Palermo, Manfredo Barbera offer a full range of superb blended and single-varietal oils; the coop Il Frantoio's range, all carrying the name "Federico II", are also excellent.Other fine brands are from Disis, Ianello and Mazella, and Martus. Western Sicily in general, inc. the provinces of Trapani (Valle Trapanesi and Valle Belice DOP) and Agrigento, offers some of the best olive oils in the world.
most of the fine oil-- is made by wineries, so i would look in enoteca ( wine shops) bring bubble wrap! i normally rent a car and drive to the producers and shop directly. I love planeta winery oil, Becchina from castelvetrano and Mandranova. But also buy from local cooperatives. will you be driving around or just in town?