Luigi Veronelli

Why we should all know more about Luigi Veronelli

Ever heard of Luigi Veronelli? No? Neither had I until a year or so ago when Antonino Mennella, the owner of the Madonna dell’Olivo farm near Salerno, mentioned his name when we were visiting. Antonino brought him up so often, I think I pretended to know who he was, maybe a bit embarrassed that I di...
Portuguese olive oil

Time to discover Portuguese olive oil

It can’t be easy when your next door neighbour is so, well, big. In olive oil terms, Spain is the undisputed king of volumes. One Spanish region alone, Jaén, is estimated to produce around 20% of the entire world’s olive oil. Holed up next to this immense olive oil machine, Portugal can easily go un...

Tastings & events

A selection of tastings and events in 2018 (some run by us): An evening with olive oil and cheese A laid-back introduction to different styles of olive oil with sourdough breads and cheeses. Oils from some of Europe's top estates including Fonte di Foiano, Olival da Riscal and Casas de Hualdo....

Casas de Hualdo: an emblematic Spanish estate

For years there was an accepted truth about the two largest oil-producing countries in the world. Sure, Spain’s got volume but Italy’s where you go for quality, ran the line. It’s a version of reality that has always suited Italian marketers. No matter that a lot of Spanish oil has always gone to It...
Gabriele Bonci and olive oil

Gabriele Bonci and olive oil

It’s hard to describe Gabriele Bonci. Not exactly a chef but not exactly just a pizzaiolo or breadmaker. Whatever, there is a rigour and fluency in his selection of produce that would put most chefs to shame. In total, Bonci runs three outlets in Rome. Alongside his bread shop and and a recently ope...

Filippo Alampi and Fattoria Ramerino

Fattoria Ramerino was one of the stars of this year’s Flos Olei guide, probably the most respected publication in the olive oil world, winning the coveted best extra virgin of the year. Based near Florence, and run by Filippo Alampi, its blends, both from organic farming - Guadagnòlo Primus and Dul...