Il Tratturello Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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The 2017/2018 harvest of Il Tratturello represents the best of the robust southern Italian olive oil style. It’s no wonder it’s one of Gustiamo’s best sellers! The aroma and taste are undeniably green – almonds, and freshly cut grass – with a spicy and bitter, yet balanced, finish. Despite the dryness in 2017 in Molise, Francesco says his olives grew big, beautiful, and healthy! 

What can’t you do with this exceptional oil? Drizzle Il Tratturello on just about any dish – salad, pasta, pizza, vegetables, good crusty bread – for a bold kick of traditional Italian flavor. If you love intense olive oil, this is the EVOO for you!

Il Tratturello is crafted in Piani di Larino, the heart of the Molise region, by husband and wife team Francesco and Pia Travaglini. The oil comes predominantly from local cultivar Gentile di Larino (60%), along with Frantoio (28%), Leccino (10%), and Moraiolo (2%) olive varieties.

Molise is one of Italy’s unsung treasures; its economy is struggling to recover from a series of devastating earthquakes it has suffered in recent years. But Molise allows visitors a rare glimpse of Italian agriculture in its most traditional, natural setting.

The Travaglini family has utilized their passion for farming their olive groves as a means of revitalizing local agricultural traditions. Using organic, sustainable methods of composting and fertilizing, Il Tratturello is produced in limited quantities, with hand numbered bottles. The olives are picked by hand between October and November, collected in nets and pressed within a few hours of harvest. Francesco calls his olive oil Il Tratturello because his olive grove borders a Tratturo, the green highway where in the past, cattle and sheep would travel from the mountains to the sea.

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