From his beautiful, 17th century farmhouse Giacomo Santoleri farms lentils and grains and a small production of oil from his 600 olive trees. The trees are a mix of Leccino, Gentile di Chieti and Intosso varieties and they grow on the rocky, limestone Caprafico Plain, at the foot of the Maiella massif in Abruzzo.
New Season Olive Oil Is Here
From Caprafico in Abruzzo
A cold, wet May when the trees were in flower means that he's only got 1400 bottles of it this year (2/3rds of his usual crop) but the oil is excellent; a beautiful green and a good balance of spice and bitter with strong grassy flavours, it is considered among the best in Italy. On Monday 100 bottles of it arrived and are now available to buy online. Giacomo recommends trying it on his emmer and barley Ma'Kaira pasta with just some grated pecorino or parmesan and black pepper. A super food supper if ever there was one