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Petraia Olive Oil: Frank's Favorite

The wildest oil I've ever tasted.

Frank Carollo is the founder and partner at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

In the late summer of 2007 I was fortunate enough to be part of a tour of food producers in Puglia. We were staying near Andria and on our first day we visited the farm of the Pellegrino family. We toured the fields, watched the olives pressed and tasted a variety of oils that they produced. When we got to the organic olive oil Petraia, I fell in love with the intensity of its taste and aroma. While I had known that we had this oil in Ann Arbor, I had never tasted it before. I'm happy to say that I have been using it exclusively since returning from that trip. Each time I dip a piece of Paesano bread into it I return to that afternoon in the olive groves and the lunch we had with Elia Pellegrino and his family.

The 2018 harvest of this oil is still bold, though a tad milder than in years past, when this oil has ranked as the biggest, boldest oil we've sold. This year it has a mild aroma hinting at grass. From the first taste there's a pronounced bitterness, but it's never sharp or harsh. The finish has a strong—but never overhwelming—peppery kick.

Organic

Petraia Olive Oil: Frank's Favorite

O-PET 500 ml
$30
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