You don't have to shop at a specialty-food store to find a decent olive oil. We tasted 12 brands sold at local supermarkets and turned up four that offer a pleasing depth of flavor for a fraction of the cost.
--Monica F. Forrestall
|Patsy's Extra Virgin Olive Oil($8.59 for 17 oz.)||"Spicy, with a lingering finish and a good balance of acidity and richness."||Produced by Patsy's Restaurant in New York City, this is made with only Italian olives.|
|Monini Extra Virgin Olive Oil($10 for 17 oz.)||"Great fruity flavor with a fiery bite."||Two well-known Italian foodies, Sophia Loren and Luciano Pavarotti, use Monini in their kitchens.|
|Bertolli Classico ($4.19 for 8.5 oz.)||"Pleasantly light body and nice aftertaste."||Bertolli was one of the first manufacturers to package oil in glass bottles instead of cans.|
|Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($8 for 17 oz.)||"Zippy flavor; grassy and refreshing."||The striking octagonal bottle was inspired by the Duomo in Florence.|