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Jul 27, 2014 04:57 AM

Retail Marinated Olives

I'm looking for a market where I can buy marinated olives. The olives at Whole Foods have gotten progressively brinier over the years and are just too salty, particularly the black olives.

I tried Salumeria in the North End and was not impressed.

Other than putting the black olives in garlic and olive oil I dont want to cure my own.

I'll consider shopping online.

Thank you!

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  1. J Pace carries the Castella line. Not really marinated, but several different varieties.
    If you get to Wprcester, Ed Hyder's marinated their own with a nice spice mix.

    1. Have you tried the olives at Capone's in Somerville? Another option is Sophia's Greek Pantry in Belmont. I find both of these places have olives that are full of olive flavor without being too salty. The prices are reasonable as well.

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      1. re: smtucker

        We especially love Capone's green olives. He brines them himself and they are delicious. Also a North Cambridge location.

        1. re: smtucker

          Sophia's has my favorite kalamatas. The smallish superior kalamatas are delicious, and even the pitted ones are great.

          Sophia's in Belmont and Arax and Sevan in Watertown are all well worth a visit.

          1. re: bear

            I think Sophia's in Belmont has one of the all around best selections at absolutely the best prices. Nothing else even comes close. Arax and Sevan are also very good, but a bit pricier.

        2. Take a trip to the Middle Eastern Market in Watertown. I usually buy olives at Arax and I'm sure if you ask, they will let you taste a sample before you make your selection. I love their spicy mix.


            1. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I'll try them all!