We would like to introduce you to a new business in town, one that all food lovers should make a detour to. It’s called Di Oliva Tasting Bar located at 2632 on East Hastings Street in the East Village. Di Oliva Tasting Bar is brought to you by owner, Lisa Funaro. Lisa brings you an amazing selection of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from various parts of the world including Australia, Peru, Chile, Southern France and Italy to name a few. All the olive oils are cold pressed for high quality and freshness. The balsamic vinegars are from Modena, Italy and aged up to 25 years. The olive oils and balsamic vinegars are all organic and infused with 100% natural ingredients meaning no artificial flavours, colours or additives. And yes, tasting is encouraged and made very easy with their set up. You will find very different types of olive oils including the more grassy flavours, as well as the mild tasting ones great for baking or those with very robust peppery flavours. As for the balsamic vinegars, we can only say wow! Some of our favourites include Blueberry Balsamic, Honey Ginger Balsamic and the Espresso Balsamic was hands down our favourite. There are descriptions on the face of each which sets out the flavours/notes of each much like a wine. Generally, oils and vinegars are $12 for a 200 ml bottle, $20 for a 375 ml and $32 for a 750 ml bottle. There are some exceptions for a couple of specialty items like the Toasted Sesame Oil for $15 for 200 ml, $22 for 375 ml and $37 for a 750 ml. This is one of the bottles that made a return trip home with us. Amazing flavor. There are also sample bottles for $5.00 and sets of 4 for $20 which make a perfect gift.
Outside of the oils and vinegars, you will also find some delectable sauces like the one that founds its way home with us which was a tomato, olive & ouzo sauce. Lisa will soon be offering free tasting events in the evenings for groups of 8 to 10 people at which time all attendees also get 10% off their purchases. Di Oliva provides the appies, you provide the people. They are also working on a Recipe Board and have a host of ideas for how to use the oils and vinegars in cooking, baking and beyond. We encourage to check out this great new addition to East Vancouver. Di Oliva Tasting Bar is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed Mondays.