Extra Virgin at Olde Mistick Village
At Extra Virgin, the philosophy is simple; everyone should have the opportunity to sample the best olive oil and balsamic vinegars from around the world before deciding on their personal favorites. Think of the Extra Virgin Oil Store in Olde Mistick Village as a tasting emporium, a stroll through an authentic Mediterranean marketplace.
Extra Virgin takes pride in bringing products to their customers that they cannot find anywhere else. Olive oils and vinegars from Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal, coupled with specialty oils from award-winning executive chefs throughout the United States. Infused oil flavors include basil fennel, habanero, Meyer lemon and smokey chipotle. These mix well with black fig, tequila lime and blood orange infused vinegars to suit your taste.
What the-e-list had to say:
Stephen Clemente calls himself an Italian kid who just likes to cook, but I call him obsessed. Which is not a bad thing. His obsession is olive oil, and he's sourced the best from Italy, Greece and Spain. His new shop sports tasting stations of oils that range from light to robust, delicately flavored with essences of Meyer lemon, basil, fresh tomato and blood orange. Stephen has a bit of the old-fashioned shopkeep in him, he'll provide tastes of the products until you hit on a combo that strikes your fancy. For me it was blood orange oil with blood orange vinegar, mixed with a paint brush (never shake, never whisk!). His enthusiasm is contagious and he'll cheerfully send you home with recipes for your new condiments. Check the website for upcoming cooking classes and demonstrations.