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Extra virgin olive oil, glory of the Italian Riviera

Extra virgin olive oil, glory of the Italian Riviera
Olive oil, from the Greek elaion,  reached Italy during the 4th century B.C., but for a long time remained an exclusive treat of the well-to-do, the other strata of society sticking to strutto (lard, i.e. clarified pork fat), nut oil, and a little butter. The 17th and 18th centuries saw the diffusion of olive oil ...