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In Lucca, a Month Dedicated to Quality EVOO

In its ancient Roman forum, Lucca hosted the second annual Extra Lucca Summer Edition, a spinoff of Extra Lucca, the annual event dedicated to high-quality extra virgin olive oils.

Jul. 26, 2016
By Ylenia Granitto

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For the sec­ond year, in the ancient Roman forum, Lucca hosted Extra Lucca Sum­mer Edi­tion, a spin­off of Extra Lucca, the annual event ded­i­cated to high-qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oils.

Since July 1, every day until the sun goes down, 24 Ital­ian man­u­fac­tur­ers have exhib­ited the qual­ity and vari­ety of cul­ti­vars through­out Italy, from Casaliva to Fran­toio, from Roton­della cam­pana to Gen­tile di Chi­eti, from Coratina to Otto­brat­ica, while 12 experts of the Mae­strod’o­lio Acad­emy intro­duced audi­ences, novices and experts, to olive oil tast­ing with two daily pre­sen­ta­tions in Ital­ian and Eng­lish.

We want to empha­size the true and gen­uine qual­ity EVOOs rewarded with the Crowns of Mae­strod’o­lio in our guide Terred’O­lio 2016, in com­bi­na­tion with some typ­i­cal excel­lences of the region,” said Fausto Borella, pres­i­dent of the Mae­strod’o­lio Acad­emy and cre­ator of the event.

Many coun­try­men and for­eign tourists still fail to rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ence between a faulty olive oil, that will inevitably wreck food, and a great extra vir­gin olive oil, which is ben­e­fi­cial to health and fun­da­men­tal to exalt the good cui­sine.”

Fausto Borella

The Mae­strod’o­lio Acad­e­my’s mis­sion is to reveal the count­less ben­e­fits of high-qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oils. With that aim, they har­nessed the local agri-food indus­try that joined the event: the Cre­me­ria Opera, with its EVOO ice cream, the Marov­elli cheese fac­tory from San Romano Garfag­nana, and La Dis­pensa di Caino, a two-Miche­lin-starred restau­rant from Mon­te­mer­ano; wines and rosé sparkling wines; beer by the craft brew­ery Bir­roir, and the offi­cial water Acqua Silva.

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In line with pro­mot­ing healthy habits, a fit­ness area was ded­i­cated to gym classes, while Gia­como Puccini’s notes resound through the vaults of the gallery thanks to the Asso­ci­a­tion Puc­cini chaired by the Mae­stro Andrea Colom­bini.

The event, after three weeks, gave me great sat­is­fac­tion,” said Fausto Borella. It is price­less to see the expres­sion on the faces of hun­dreds of tourists arrived in the city, after the tast­ing of excel­lent extra vir­gin olive oils present at ExtraLucca Sum­mer Edi­tion. About 5,000 men, women, and chil­dren have been pleas­antly sur­prised by great aro­mas and fla­vors. And in a few days, I will have added a new piece to the mosaic that is my mis­sion: to com­mu­ni­cate qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oil.”

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