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July 1, 2021

Seigneurs des Baux Olive Oil from the South of France

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A limited edition oil from France’s “magic olive” Back in 2005 I was over in the south of France, in the region of Provence, visiting the Castelas mill run by the husband-and-wife team Jean-Benoît and Catherine Hugue. They grow organically on their 45-hectare farm in the Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) region of […]

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July 1, 2021

Cuvée César from the Alziari Family

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Special limited edition of single-farm French olive oil Back in the 1980s, in the early years of doing business at the Deli, extra virgin olive oil was still pretty much a secret in the U.S., barely understood even by folks who worked with food for a living. When we opened, […]

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January 30, 2021

Pistacchiosa: The Secret Nut Sauce of Central Italy

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Splendid spread made from Sicilian pistachios and extra virgin olive oil If you want a little something to brighten your day, put a culinary-inspired smile on your face, and leave some lovely fine flavors on your tongue, pick up a jar of this incredible sweet pistachio cream, made in central […]

January 27, 2021

Olio Novello Tasting with Grace

Olio Novello (or Nuovo) is Italian for “new oil” and is the name given to early harvest extra virgin olive oil that is freshly pressed from green olives.  It is a celebration of the beginning of the olive harvest season, which typically starts in December each year.  We have new harvests of Italian, Greek, French, […]

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January 7, 2021

Great New Harvest Greek Olive Oil

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Amazing arrival from the island of Antiparos I’m sitting here, in Ann Arbor, watching snow fall. The forecast for every day this week looks to be gray and in the low 30s, which is certainly, I know, better than the 3°F-below that it could be. Most of us will not […]

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December 11, 2020

First bottles of Olio Nuovo at the Deli

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Olio Nuovo or New Harvest Olive Oils–Just in time for Hanukkah I didn’t know it when I was a kid (my grandmother fried her latkes in Wesson), but new harvest olive oil (or Olio Nuovo as they would say in Italy) is really the closest to what Chanukah would have […]

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December 5, 2020

Quinta Luna Olive Oil

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Excellent Umbrian Elixir in a Bottle Terrific new olive oil from one of the least known provinces of Italy Although most American tourists pass it by en route to more famous destinations, there’s a beauty to Umbria that makes it particularly special to stop at. I fell in love with […]

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November 1, 2020

Roi Olive Oil, the perfect oil for a neophyte

If you are an olive oil neophyte, Ari recommends you try this Roi Olive Oil.  It’s been made in the mountain town of Badalucco, perched on steep slopes between the Mediterranean and the mountains. (If you saw the sweeping vistas of the steeply sloped olive groves featured in the opening of the Fat episode of […]


November 1, 2020

Laura’s Olive Oil Cake, A Staff Recipe

  I found this recipe fo an olive oil cake in an (old) edition of the New York Times when I was at a friend's house, years ago. I wrote it down and finally just got around to making it! I love Campari's double edged bitter and citrusy sweetness. Paired with the fragrant olive oil, […]

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October 30, 2020

Trea Wildflower Honey from Greece

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews This wildflower honey is a culinary gift from the island of Thasos Here’s an awesome way to lighten and brighten your day. Toast a slice of good bread from the Bakehouse—I’m really high right now on the True North. Pour on a bit of your favorite olive oil. Spread on some […]

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October 22, 2020

The Marvelous Olive Oil of Eric Martin

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A terrific taste of Eric Martin and Provence If you’re looking for a special olive oil to grace your autumnal table, give some thought to this great one we get from Eric Martin in southern France. I learned about this one twenty-something years ago through Mort Rosenblum, longtime political writer […]

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December 17, 2019

New Harvest Olive Oils 2019

Every year, we bring a limited supply of extremely fresh new harvest olive oils – also known as olio nuovo or novello – right after they’re pressed. Only weeks old, these are the freshest oils you will get a chance to taste with big, bold flavors that demand to be noticed.