Antonino Mennella is a passionate young extra virgin olive oil producer from the Salerno area of Campania, Italy. On his small 2,000-tree farm he produces this limited edition Raro ('rare') extra virgin olive oil by removing the pits of the Ravece and Rotondella olives, and then only pressing the remaining fruit. This process is known as "denocciolate".
This pitting before pressing is unique, and it creates an extraordinary extra virgin olive oil unlike any other you will find.
Antonino uses advanced pressing and processing technology to produce a super extra virgin olive oil with double the average content of polyphenol antioxidants, and an astoundingly low level of free oleic acid. As a result, this extra virgin olive oil has almost the same level of freshness as an olive still on the tree.
La Madonna dell’Olivo has optimal levels of vitamin E tocopherols, and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. This extra virgin olive oil has a remarkably well balanced flavor profile and is thus a ‘double winner’ -- an elixir of good health with amazing flavor.
This is a deep, intensely fruity extra virgin olive oil with irresistible aromas.
"My objective," says Antonino, "is to fight uniformity and exalt differences." Try this Raro Extra Virgin Olive Oil and you will see exactly what he means!
- 96 out of 100 points in the esteemed Flos Olei 2011 Guide to the World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils by Marco Oreggia
- Distinguished as "The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blended - Intense Fruity" by Flos Olei 2013 Guide to the World's Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils
- Voted one of the Top EVOO Farms and a “Made with Love” Olive Oil
Produced and bottled by La Madonna dell’Olivo with olives grown, harvested, and pressed at the La Madonna dell’Olivo Estate in Italy.
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500 milliliter (16.8 ounce) bottles