25 years ago, when her father passed away, Laura Fagiolo had to face a very difficult decision: to continue her beloved work as a Greek and Latin teacher in Roma, or move to the family farm, 30 km away, in Sabina, to carry on her father’s work. She clearly made the right decision! She studied and became a professional olive taster, she purchased an olive oil mill (it’s very important, she says, to have your own mill, to crush the olives immediately after being picked!). Now, she makes the wonderful and balanced EV Olive Oil Cru di Cures (medium fruity, with notes of artichokes and almonds). Appropriately, she named her olive oil after the latin name (Cures) given to the ancient capital of Sabina, near Passo Corese.
There are 4,200 olives trees in Laura’s property: local raja (30%), frantoio (20%), carboncella (20%), leccino (10%), moraiolo and rosciola.
Laura is very smart, direct, no nonsense. She does not sell her olive oil to “EVERYBODY”. We had to pass a long examination, before she decided that Gustiamo was Cru di Cures worthy. That, also, was a good decision!!!
Not only olive trees! On the property, Laura has an agriturismo, called Raja (remember the sabina local olive?) with 5 rooms and a farm with all kinds of animals (wondering what kind of food the olive trees are given?) for the pleasure of lots of school kids in the Lazio region who go regularly and spend the whole day learning and playing with the animals and eating good food. Bravissima, Laura!
compliments to the choice you have made Laura and to the work that you do. I am wondering how you learned so much about olive oil. Is there a certification program for learning how to evaluate and characterize oils?
yes, in Italy there are many of these courses. you become an “assaggiatore professionista”, you are listed in the registry of the “mastri oleari” and can sit in panels to judge the ev olive oils in competition. in America, you just stick to us, because we organize various olive oils tastings all the time. stay tuned for the next one!!!
Great, Beatrice, thank you. Maybe you should offer a course (!) Looking forward to joining you for a tasting!
My husband and I love this olive oil the most. We live on the UWS of New York City and bought almost half of the stock from the 96 St. Whole Foods however, we noticed that there aren’t any in stock anymore? What happened? Please let us know which other stores in the city that Gustiamo trades with. Never in our lives we’d change to any other than Cru di Cures, it has the best flavor that not even words can express. Hope to hear from you guys soon. Thank you!
Ciao FF! Thank you for your nice words. Cru di Cures is really a wonderful oil. Whole Foods will carry again our olive oils, including Cru di Cures, but not until next year. If you wish to buy it now, you can place an order on our website http://bit.ly/neLU3b, or call us at 718 860 2949. It will arrive to the Upper West Side in 24 hours!!! Ciao e grazie ancora!!!
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