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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Apr 2019 > OLIVE OILS


Olive oil is essential to Mediterranean food culture – how would Italians live without it? We sample a selection of the best extra-virgin olive oils here.

Olive trees are the oldest known cultivated tree and the oil they produce is referred to as ‘liquid gold’. With its extraordinary health-giving properties, one can see why this glistening liquid is so highly praised, but what makes a good extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)?

You may as well ask, ‘What makes a good wine?’ It’s such a subjective matter that coming to a consensus is never easy. With flavours ranging from sweet to peppery, it’s hard to know which to choose. Whether you want to dress a salad, add flavour to a dish, or use it every day, there is an oil for every occasion. Here are seven we have tried; they have their differences but are all excellent.



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About Italia!

We have a splendid line-up of features to inspire your travels this month: our cover star Lake Maggiore has a wealth of stunning locations to explore, both around its shores and on the lake itself. If you like a good hike, our itinerary around the byways of a small corner of Maremma will defi nitely stretch your legs. For cricket fans we have the extraordinary tale of a most unlikely team – and they are really rather good! We have e-biking in the majestic Dolomites and we meet a 3-star chef there who’s really making a difference. And for culture vultures, we have the story of the rise, fall and rise again of Venice’s aptly-named La Fenice opera house.