At the heart of Mediterranean magic is extra-virgin olive oil, the most flavorful of all grades, infusing everything it touches with a smoothly superior profile. Affectionately abbreviated as EVOO, it’s the centerpiece of Italian cooking and highly touted for its extraordinary health benefits. Among the many pieces of compelling evidence: a 30 percent reduction in the risk of heart attack and strokes was seen among people following a Mediterranean diet that included multiple servings of extra-virgin olive oil each day.1
VILLA FRIZZONI® Extra Virgin Olive Oil is extracted during the first pressing of olives.
Bagna Cauda: the back story
Celebrating the wine harvest with a vast bubbling pot of bagna cauda is an Italian ritual dating back to the Middle Ages. The official recipe, from the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, calls for a head of garlic, half a glass of olive oil, 50 grams of anchovies, and a piece of butter, per person.2 Slowly cooked, the better to drink in the tantalizing aroma, bagna cauda is part of many a contemporary Italian feast. For maximum enjoyment: dip vegetables into the pot with a fondue-style fork, hold a slice of bread underneath to catch the delicious drippings, eat and repeat … and don’t hold back on the red wine accompaniments!
1New England Journal of Medicine
Excellent for dressings, marinades, pestos and sauces
Use as finishing oil for steaks, seafood, grilled vegetables
Cold pressed from fresh olives for premium quality
- Posted: February 14, 2018
- Categories: Food & Beverage Spotlight