Olive oil is essential for flavoring Italian cuisine, moistening crusty bread sticks, and transforming a common playground slide into the neighborhood's hottest squirrel luge. Stock up for all your gourmet greasing needs with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pastas, and spices at Oh, Olive!. Choose from the following redemption options: the Glenview location, the Libertyville location, or online.
Featured in the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun-Times, Oh, Olive! outfits pantries with a selection of specialty items, highlighted by an extensive selection of gourmet estate-produced and international extra-virgin olive oils. All of the shop’s oils are made by farmers who shun leftover oils from previous years and crush the olives just six hours after picking, on average. Shoppers can sample the stock of gourmet goods, getting a thumbs-up or down rating from taste buds on the Hoji-Blanca extra-virgin olive oil from Spain ($17.95) or the blood-orange-fused olive oil ($15.95). Twenty-nine varieties of aged balsamic vinegars line up for recipe duty, including the traditional ($17.95) that is prepared in Modena, Italy and matured for 18 years inside an oak barrel, like Oscar the Grouch's ancestors.
Imported Tiesta Teas ($12.95 for 4 oz. bag) spur steeping with 35 types, categorized by Slenderizer, Immunity, Relaxer, Energizer, and Forever Young. Shelves showcase blends of Galena Garlic spices and creations from Rossi Pasta, such as pumpkin-spice fettuccini ($7.95 for 12 oz.) or chocolate-cabernet tagliarini ($7.95 for 12 oz.), ideal for combining dinner and dessert into one course when late for bedtime.
When faced with lemons—or many other fruits—the proprietors of Oh, Olive! don't contemplate lemonade. Instead, they envision freshly pressed batches of extra-virgin olive oil, such as their tangy Eureka-lemon variant. The family-run shops specialize in this flexible condiment and stock their shelves with estate-produced Delizia oils. Their catalog covers both plain and fused types with flavors that range from the spicy notes of chipotle peppers to the sweetness of blood oranges, a fitting complement to cuts of chicken and fish. They also vend balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Fruits feature heavily in the imported collection, which includes pomegranate, blackberry-ginger, and cinnamon-pear vinegars in addition to a dark-chocolate infusion and the 18-year balsamic—a traditional vinegar aged in oak barrels and given a high-school diploma.
Often, the staff members don't separate the acts of purchasing and cooking with their wares. They prefer to interact with customers and host tastings, classes, and contests to encourage innovative recipes. Amid more than 60 kinds of oil and vinegar, Oh, Olive! sells meal add-ons as well. Tiesta Tea produces soothing, toasty brews, and stuffed olives contain hidden servings of jalapeños, sharp cheddar, and asparagus.