Fruity and well-balanced, this extra virgin olive oil from Centonze is a true taste of Sicily. It’s made with a blend of olives that are native to the island, including Nocellara del Belice, Cerasuolo, and Biancolilla. They’re grown on the estate of Case di Latomie in southwestern Sicily, a region so famous for its olive oil that it’s protected by IGP certification. That protection recognizes the special nature of olive oils from this area, which are intensely flavored, deep green, and layered with herbal and fruit notes. It’s presented in a gorgeously decorated tin that pays homage to Sicily’s rich history and makes a stunning addition to your countertop. (Bonus: The airtight, opaque tin protects the volatile compounds in the oil, keeping it fresh and flavorful!)
Since 1953, the Centonze family have been making olive oil in the stunning Case di Latomie, an historic quarry-turned-olive grove. Here, the ancient Greeks who occupied Sicily extracted large blocks of limestone for construction, and their marks remain in the rough walls and steps that dot the grove. It was one of the very first areas in the Mediterranean where olive cultivation took place. Today, truly ancient olive trees grow in harmony with the ancient limestone, twisting around and across the walls as they continue to bear fruit. It’s a beautiful landscape that exists outside of time.
Centonze are dutiful safeguards of this special place so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated for ages to come. Their olives are harvested by hand to capture each one at the peak of flavor. Every drop of their extraordinary oil communicates the essence of Sicily’s history.