Everyone knows that the Italian olive oil is one of the best in the world. There are so many brands around and a lot of them can be found in our Groceries.
There is an important label to understand if an olive oil is authentic: DOP Denominazione di origine protetta which means that the specific oil comes exactly from the region in Italy is stated in the label.
It is important though to know if the oil brands we found in our groceries are made with Italian olives or not. If they declare to be Italian, they must be Italian 100%.
Some weeks ago, a TV show in Italy commissioned an analysis of the most important olive oil brands you can find in the groceries in Italy (and not only) and the results are astonishing.
The brands that declare to be Italian but they are not are the following:
It is important to underline that it is a felony in Italy to declare that an oil is 100% Italian and then it is not. It doesn’t mean that the oil is bad but the fact that the company is using different oil than the one declared is suspicious. Some of those oils are very expensive and you should pay that price only for true Italian oil and not for other region olive oils that are clearly less expensive. It is a fraud.
Some of those brands are easily found also in USA in the most popular groceries. Those olive oils are safe but they are not Italian, that’s the point. And you are spending a lot of money for an olive oil that it is a fake one (it is not 100% Italian how it should be).
If you want 100% Italian and ready to pay for it (it will be more expensive but this is not the only way to proof that it is true Italian as you can see above) you must be careful choosing the right brand and especially the right place where to buy from.
At Dolce Vita you can be sure that all the olive oil brands we select are 100% Italian.