Welcome to Olive Branch and more, a different way to taste Italy!
My name is Pino and my family and I moved from Italy to Sarasota in 2012.
We’ve been doing various farmers markets since 2012 in the Sarasota, Tampa and Fort Myers area.
My family and I return every summer to our region Puglia, Italy where we come from, to ensure the quality of our superior Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
In the great Castel del Monte area, in the center of Italian Mezzogiorno, the tradition of a family keeps going on: their deep love and care for olive trees is vital for the production of “green gold”, the extra virgin olive oil, a natural product created on the red soil of Apulian Murgia, thanks to the shining sun and the preservation of the stone, ancient secret of former times.
After over one century, in order to continue an old tradition that is still alive, several generations defended and protected Tenuta Levante oil mills.
From tradition to innovation, going through the quality certification of the Apulian “green gold” cultivation and production entire process: the refined extra virgin oil. All of our oil is made using hand selected olives for the first cold pressing.
We only use one kind of olive, the Coratina Olive, which is typical of our area, and it’s full of antioxidants and polyphenols; our olive oil is not blended, it’s monivarietal and does not burn at high temperatures.
In addition to our oils, we offer six different varieties of vinegars: four fruit balsamic vinegars Fig, Strawberry, Pomegranate and Raspberry as well as two aged balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy (these are four leaves rated balsamic).
We also offer three delicious spreads: Sun dried Tomatoes, Olive Tapenade and Basil Pesto and three mixed Spice packs: Hot Spice Garlic, Garlic Rosemary and Red pepper, Mediterranean and Citrus Herbs.
We love to talk food with our customers and having all these products gives us the possibility to suggest, teach and improve our customers cooking skills.
I have attended a five year cooking school in Italy, and I love to share my recipes, which we offer with many of our items.