Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Carapelli 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review

We use olive oil often. In fact it’s our go to when we’re cooking at home. I enjoy the health benefits of it, and it’s so much better than other alternatives. A good olive oil is essential in every kitchen.

We got to try the Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is made solely with 100% Italian olive oils. It has a deep velvety green color and intense, robust flavor and aroma, for an unmistakably Italian experience every time you cook. It’s perfect for dipping, salads and flavoring entrees or side dishes. And also excellent for marinades.

Here’s a little more about Carapelli Olive Oil:

In 1893, in the quaint town of Montevarchi, Italy, a man named Constantino Carapelli began selling olive oil, founding a family business that has become an Italian tradition. Constantino’s dream was to move his olive oil and grain business to the beautiful city of Florence. Forty-seven years later, his dream became a reality, when his sons constructed warehouses in the Florentine suburb of Rifredi and supplied olive oil from the family oil mill at Ponte a Ema.

The newly built warehouses were destroyed during World War II, but the Carapelli family forged ahead. They rebuilt the structures and started anew. The hard work paid off, and by the 1950s, Carapelli was a household name in Italy, gracing tables across the country.

Since the founding of Constantino’s family-based company, generations of experienced artisans have
passionately preserved this distinctive tradition of taste. Today, at its state-of-the-art facilities, the people of Carapelli have made an art of combining Old World craftsmanship with New World standards.

As a leader in olive oil, in the 1970s, Carapelli was the first olive oil producer to promote bottled extra virgin olive oil in Italy. Today, Carapelli is Italy’s market leader in extra virgin olive oil production.  Since 1893, Carapelli Olive Oils have been passionately crafted with exclusive blends of the best oils from the finest Mediterranean olive groves.

Our rich heritage and mastery of creating high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils ensures each of the Carapelli
varieties is drenched in olive oil passion and has distinctive flavor to decidedly enhance all your recipes.

Carapelli Olive Oils are naturally cholesterol free. 

And here is a fantastic recipe that uses their oil too:

Zuppa di Farro
Made with Carapelli 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Serves 4-6

3 potatoes, cut in ½-inch cubes
8 oz. can Cannellini beans
4 oz. farro
3 tomatoes, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 fresh sage leaves
½ cup Carapelli 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 pints vegetable or chicken stock
½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook potatoes in half cup of the Carapelli 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add garlic and half of the sage leaves; cook 3 - 5 minutes. Add stock and cook for 15 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Add cooked farro, Cannellini beans, and diced tomatoes and simmer another 15 minutes. Finish with drizzle of Carapelli 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the other half of the sage leaves.  Add parmesan cheese to taste.

I have not tried the recipe yet, but it will be perfect for this winter. It reminds me of one of my favorite soups from Olive Garden. Cooking with this olive oil was great. I poured it in my oil jar and have been using it ever since. It’s a good quality oil that I can use in all my cooking.

Check out more about Carapelli at You can can be found in grocery stores nationwide. If you can’t find it, just ask your local grocer!

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*


Danielle S said...

Carapelli is one of our favorite olive oils. I highly recommend it.

realmsgamer said...

This sounds great! I love dipping my bread in a good quality olive oil. But it must be good! Thanks for the tip and recipe!

Nina Say @ The One Fantastical said...

I love olive oil for all kinds of cooking! I will definitely try this brand!

Unknown said...

This sounds like a great product and I will have to look for it Kim Davis

Amanda B. said...

I absolutely agree with your review. Carapelli is high quality and great for all types of uses in the kitchen, plus it tends be be very competitively priced.

Elena said...

Sounds like it's a good quality product. I would like to try it.

June M. said...

Sounds like a good product and the recipe sounds good too. Thanks so much.

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