Olio Nuovo: Freshly Pressed Olive Oil
First-press New Harvest Olive Oils.
Pre-order in October for December Delivery.
Olio Nuovo is the first batch of extra virgin olive oil to be released each year, meant to be enjoyed as soon as it comes out of the centrifuge. Think of it as olive nectar: fluorescent green, with intense grassy scents and a spicy finish, Olio Nuovo is the ultimate condiment. Pour generously over everything and use as soon as possible.
Manicaretti set a new trend in 1993 when we air-shipped freshly pressed, unfiltered Capezzana Olio Nuovo, then delivered it to customers in San Francisco the same week that it was pressed. Today, our Olio Nuovo selection also includes Olio Verde from Gianfranco Becchina in Sicily and the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi’s Laudemio Olio Nuovo on a pre-order basis.
The annual release of olio nuovo, between October and November, is one of the few occasions you will find Italians dipping bread directly into oil and drenching a piece of grilled bread with oil and just a pinch of sea salt. This time of year, a bottle of olio nuovo is present on most Italian tables, often enjoyed simply in a pinzimonio - assorted raw vegetables dipped into a bowl with olio nuovo and sea salt. The arrival of winter in Italy also marks the appearance of hearty soups, slow-cooked beans and grilled meats topped with copious drizzles of olio nuovo. A bottle of this oil at my table always disappears quickly, as it’s poured generously over everything to add that extra kick and grassy flavor to dishes throughout the first dark days.
These freshly pressed oils are vibrant green in color, with a viscous silken texture. Aromas range from freshly cut grass to black pepper, green apple, artichoke and freshly cut grass. The flavor qualities in these exceptional oils are spicy and zesty. Bottled after pressing and not allowed to decant, olio nuovo is the oil in its most intense, raw state, as it is enjoyed in Italy.
Make every meal a special occasion – splurge and pour generously.
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