Paolino, Tonino, Peppino, Ninuccio, Zio Antonio, Nicolino, Giovanni, And Domenico Can’t Be Wrong

Posted by Dani on May 23, 2012

It is not unusual in my Italian family for people to go to great lengths to obtain delicious things to eat.  And sharing is mandatory.  I’ve seen my parents and their friends pool their money for an entire wheel of imported Parmesan at over $1000, and divide it up into huge wedges so that they could have the freshest cheese on their table.  My dad’s hunting friends make sure he always has a supply of venison for his famous game stews.  Our friend Bruno with the prolific green thumb sends over buckets of fresh plum tomatoes every summer for making sauce.  Our homemade sausages come from my dad’s buddy Tony.

The list goes on and on.  Every so often someone’s fabulous foodie find will show up on my doorstep.  The latest is this great olive oil that my dad Giorgio got from a friend of a friend, who imports it once a year directly from Italy.  It came in this fabulous 5L tin that my father carefully divided into smaller bottles to share with all of us.  I couldn’t resist photographing the packaging.  Ursini’s Terre dell’Abbazia comes from the olives groves of the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere.  Artolino, the creator of this oil, shares his mission statement right on the can.  And his colleagues appear on the top part – the list pretty well covers every iconic Italian men’s name.  These guys look like they know olive oil.  In fact, they look like some of my relatives.  And they know food!

Keep your eyes out for Terre dell’Abbazia olive oil.  Currently only available in North America from Eataly in New York.  Or from Giorgio if you’re a friend of his.







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