A good olive oil is like a good friend: it is perfect for enjoying a long meal, is satisfying, and is essential for a proper backrub. Fill up on bottled bliss with this Groupon: for $25, you get a half-liter bottle of Monocultivar Nocellara organic extra-virgin olive oil or Monocultivar Biancolilla organic extra-virgin olive oil from Olio Taibi (a $49.99 value).
Olio Taibi offers organic, single-estate, extra-virgin olive oil pressed in a small mill in Montaperto, Sicily, with an estate located close to the Valley of the Temples. Olives are entirely handpicked and cold-pressed immediately after being harvested, with all bottling done onsite. The Biancolilla oil's soft, smooth tones pair exceptionally well with light summertime dishes such as salad and steamed fish, and the Nocellara varietal's fruity and peppery notes act as ideal palette companions to hearty meats and rich sauces. The elegant chartreuse bottles showcase a superior and cultured palate when situated on a kitchen counter or mounted as a hood ornament. Order a bottle as a thoughtful housewarming gift, or splurge to create full-bodied meals.
At the Taibi estate in Montaperto, Sicily—a hilltop village a few miles from the Mediterranean—Gino Taibi inspects the olive trees on his grandfather’s farm, ensuring that each plant’s olives are up to his standards. He and a crew harvest and cold-press the olives as soon as possible, before bottling the oil onsite at the family estate. The result is a superior olive oil with pleasant aromas and optimal balance, ideal for dipping bread, drizzling on fresh tomato, or complementing mozzarella salads, soups, or any Mediterranean recipe.
Included on olive oil loyalist Tom Muller's list of "Great Olive Oils of the World", Olio Taibi's two available elixirs come bottled in chartreuse glass, which looks impressive on a kitchen cabinet or placed in front of a projector playing episodes of Leave it to Beaver.