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

By Food & Wine
Updated March 31, 2015

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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.

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