Mark Aselstine
 
July 21, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Del' Olivia Olive Oil

Del' Olivia Olive Oil in Burlingame California

Over the past few months, we’ve certainly seen an increase in the amount of olive oil stores throughout California. From Seaport Village in downtown San Diego to all the smaller communities in the Bay Area, it seems there are high end, luxury olive oil sellers sprouting up everywhere.

As many of our readers and customers already know, we’re based in the San Francisco Bay Area in the town of San Mateo and we were lucky that what is, perhaps the finest olive oil shop in California is based only a few miles away. We found the olive oil’s and vinegars to be not only higher quality, but the store also offers a unique environment where you are actually encouraged to taste products before you buy them. It’s exactly the type of place we’re happy to send our customers and exactly the type of product which made for a perfect inclusion in our gift baskets.

Del' Olivia Olive Oil is owned by a husband and wife team, who are passionate about their business. Having lived in Italy for a number of years, they certainly were in a perfect location to learn about great, fresh olive oil.

When we first started looking for an olive oil to include in our Gourmet Gift Baskets, we wondered if we should be including olive oil from Italy or Spain, or somewhere more exotic. After a few minutes a Del Olivia, we realized we were asking all the wrong questions in regards to where olive oil is made. Instead of where it is made, we should have been interested in how fresh our olive oil was likely to be. As it turns out, olive oil is only pressed half the year in each hemisphere. That means, Italian and Spanish olive oils are truly only fresh for 6 months a year. During the other six months of the year, you’re going to want to find olive oil’s produced in the southern hemisphere so that it is also sufficiently fresh.

Outside of passionate, friendly owners we couldn’t include an olive oil in our Gourmet Gift Baskets which wasn’t absolutely the best quality available. A few reviews on Yelp help to tell the story:

“AMAZING! So creative and different - exactly what Burlingame needed!!

Del'Oliva has somewhere around 40 different oils and balsamics that you can taste before you buy. Combining things like blood orange olive oil and tangerine balsamic or walnut oil and white peach balsamic or persian lime and white grapefruit is so much fun and gives you an opportunity to experiment and purchase different oils and balsamics that will not sit in your cupboards for long!

Did I mention the quality? OFF THE CHART! I'm Italian and thought I knew olive oil... After tasting what they have been able to source - I will never buy olive oil or balsamics from any other store ever again.

This really is one of those places you just need to go and visit and just have fun with it! And don't forget to taste the truffle oils. They are incredible and will give any pasta dish a major boost!” by Lori G of San Francisco

“What an amazing store-really, one of a kind!

The owners are knowledgable and charming. The oils and vinegars are...just amazing. I never knew balsamic vinegar had such variety and depth of flavor! Be sure to try some of their suggested blends-the blood orange olive oil with the tangerine balsamic vinegar was heavenly.

This is a wonderful store for anyone who loves to cook, and the oils and vinegars would make great gifts too.” By Anne C of Burlingame, CA

We hope that helps to tell the story about why we chose to include olive oil from Del’ Olivia in our Gourmet Gift Baskets. 
 

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