A market is like a carnival midway—it offers shelves and shelves of goodies that only become available after lobbing baseballs at stacks of bottles. Get the fresh food without the carnie cons with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet Italian oils and vinegars from The Olive Gallery in Yorkville.
The Olive Gallery presents discriminating gourmets with a delectable spread of oils, vinegars, pasta, and other Italian specialties. Olive oil is the establishment's forte, offering lipid lovers and fruit vampires the bottled blood of olives from around the world. Most bottles are between $15 and $30, with extra-virgin varieties and flavored oils such as Tuscan herb, blood orange, and garlic. Balsamic vinegar from Modena adds a sweet, tart bite to salads, sauces, and dips, with popular flavors including cinnamon pear, pineapple, and pomegranate ($13.75–$31.95).
Pastas offer a delicious solution to the problem of what to do with a recently discovered portal into the meatball dimension, and they come in a variety of flavors, including tomato-basil-garlic, wild mushroom, and zucchini ($5.75–$6.50/12 oz.). Dishes can be garnished and slugs put to rest with Seasonello sea salt ($6.95), and fractious sweet teeth are united under a banner of sweet italian cookies ($7.99/lb.) and gelato ($7.99/pint, $11.99/quart).
Shoppers can load their baskets with heart-healthy victuals in the gallery's Tuscan-kitchen-inspired aisles, complete with burnt umber walls, columns and arches, and scores of out-of-work renaissance artists.
The Olive Gallery
The Olive Gallery is more than a boutique store. It is a tasting room set up in the style of a Tuscan kitchen, a place to immerse oneself in flavor and explore the unexpected possibilities of artisan olive oils and vinegars. The room is filled with stainless-steel kegs called fustis, each filled with traditional, first-cold-pressed olive oils from locales such as Italy, California, Greece, or Chile. Some are filled with flavored oils, great for marinating meats or daubing onto pulse points, whereas others carry aged, flavored, or white balsamic vinegars.
The helpful staff members dole out storage tips and recipe advice for making the most of their wares, which include kitchen tools and specialty foods such as gourmet dip-mixes, spices, rubs, stuffed olives, and pastas. They also tout the health benefits of incorporating olive oil into your diet, citing lowered blood pressure, improved glycemic control, and possible anti-aging effects.