Appetito Foods – Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars
Appetito Foods is a local importer of olive oils and balsamic vinegars based in Providence, RI. Chef Joseph, Appetito Foods’ chief executive chef, travels to Europe in search of the world’s finest healthy foods for the company’s product line.
O2 is a premium organic extra virgin olive oil from the Naupaktia region of central Greece. It is a medium fruity olive oil whose aroma becomes clearer and more distinct as time passes.
Appetito makes their aged balsamic vinegars with traditional artisan techniques used for centuries in Modena, Italy. The grapes are pressed and reduced into syrup. It is then aged for 12 years in wooden barrels, rotating every two years to a new barrel made of a different wood. The balsamic vinegar comes in four gourmet flavors: Tradizionale and three infused fruit flavors – fig; pear; and cinnamon and pomegranate.
I received a sampling of the O2 olive oil and a bottle of Appetito’s Tradizionale aged balsamic vinegar. In addition to using the two as a dressing for various salads, I also used them in roasting cauliflower steaks.
After slicing the cauliflower into steaks, I drizzled it with olive oil and balsamic. Then, I sprinkled on some Parmesan cheese. Roast it in a 400-degree oven for 60 minutes (30 minutes covered with foil and the remaining 30 without). You know the steaks are cooked when they are fork tender.
I just love the caramelization created from the sugary balsamic vinegar. The steaks tasted amazing and made for a perfect side dish or you can use them on top of pasta.
Right now, Appetito Foods products are offered mostly in specialty food retail stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. You can purchase them online through their website.
Have you ever tried artisan olive oils or vinegars?
What’s your favorite flavor of balsamic vinegar?
Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary sample of Appetito Foods products, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience.