Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of the wonderful mothers out there!
I am so lucky to be able to spend mother’s day with my mother this year. She is the strongest and most energetic woman I know, and I strive to be as kind, dedicated, and loving as her.
If your mother loves cooking as much as mine does, oil, vinegar, and spices from Saporito would make a great gift for her!
My mother deserves nothing but the best, so when she asked me to bring her some quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar on my flight to her, I began searching for olive oil tasting rooms and found Saporito.
Saporito Oil Vinegar Spice (OVS for short) specializes in bringing high quality extra virgin olive oil to Gainesville. They are a family owned business that started in 2015.
Right when I walked in, I was surrounded by many different types of oils, vinegars, and spices. The shop has clear labels of all the different types of oils and a binder of information explaining what the difference between extra virgin olive oil and other olive oils, as well as the background and chemical analysis of each type of oil. A credentialed lab tests the olive oil to ensure premium quality. I found all of the information to be a little overwhelming, but at the same time reassuring as I could see the exact ingredients and purity of the oil quantified.
Since they also offer a tasting room, you can also taste all of the products before buying them if you want extra reassurance of the flavor!
They have many infused oils and vinegars, but since my mother wanted non-infused ones, I went for those.
They have many different extra virgin olive oils, ranging from mild to strong intensities. I chose the Chiquitita olive oil ($20 for 375ml bottle), which had mild intensity. This oil originated in Portugal and is described to be delicate and sweet with notes of almond and berry. The harvest date was November 2020. I liked how much information Saporito gives on the origin and exact chemical composition of the oil as well. The chemical composition of this oil is: Biophenols: 169.5, FFA: 0.13, DAGs: 97.2, Squalene: 5232.3, A-Tocopherols: 240.9. When I tasted the oil at home, I liked the taste, as it was not overly sweet or strong.
They have some very interesting flavors for infused vinegars such as the Espresso and Dark Chocolate infused Balsamic vinegar!
I chose the 18 Year Traditional Dark Balsamic vinegar, ($13 for 200ml bottle) which tasted very rich and smooth. My mother commented on how much she enjoyed the flavor and it was not too overpowering.
My mother and I have been really enjoying a combination of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar as salad dressing. Here is a salad my mother made!
The White truffle oil ($31 for 200ml bottle) was pricier than the other oils but definitely worth it if you like the pungent and unique taste of truffle. The flavor was strong, which I liked, and had a shallot-like taste to it. This oil would be lovely in pasta, on top of fries, or in salad as well!
I highly recommend Saporito’s for any of your oil, vinegar, and spice needs!
You can visit Saporito’s online shop for their full list of products: https://saporitoovs.com/
Location: 4401 NW 25th Pl d, Gainesville, FL 32606