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Extra Virgin Olive Oil - EVOO (Courtesy of Flickr User USDAgov)

This is the second of 14 MUST HAVE Ingredients for Amazing Italian Food which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Extra Virgin Olive OilEverything tastes better with a fine coating of extra-virgin olive oil (“EVOO”). Olive oil’s distinctive taste goes perfectly with Italian cuisine.

At Rosedale Brick Oven, we use only the finest imported EVOO. All of our wood fired pizzas are finished with a drizzle. We also top off such dishes as our caprese salad, antipasti salad and some of our pasta specialties before they arrive at your table for the final touch.

What exactly is “Extra Virgin Olive Oil”?

Extra virgin is the highest quality olive oil classification. In chemical terms, extra virgin olive oil is described as having a free acidity of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams.

It also must be produced entirely by mechanical means without the use of any solvents, and under temperatures that will not degrade the oil (less than 86°F, 30°C).

In order for an oil to qualify as “extra virgin” the oil must also pass both an official chemical test in a laboratory and a sensory evaluation by a trained tasting panel recognized by the International Olive Council.

The olive oil must be found to be free from defects, and exhibit some characteristics of “fruitiness”.

14 Must Have Ingredients for Amazing Italian FoodSince extra virgin olive oil is simply pressed fruit juice without additives, the factors influencing its quality and taste include:

  • The varieties of olives used
  • The terroir (special characteristics that the geography, geology, and climate of an area is expressed in agricultural products when interacting with the plant’s genetics)
  • The numerous decisions, production practices, and dedication of the producer

Make sure you pick up a free copy of our eBook to learn the 13 other must-have ingredients for amazing Italian food. →

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