Chiaroscuro – De Robertis

Thank you to Az. De Robertis for sending us their Chiaroscuro EVOO.

ProducerAz. De Robertis
Crop Year2019/2020
CultivarCoratina 100%
RegionApulia (Trani)
Harvesting MethodManual/Mechanical
Extraction MethodContinuous – Cold extraction
Milling Within 6 hours of collection
Tasted onMay 2020

Chiaroscuro is true to its name: light (chiaro) in the perfumes, dark (scuro) in the taste, powerful as the cultivar from which it is created, the Coratina. We appreciated its strong character which stands apart from classic flavours, proud of its 818 mg/kg content of polyphenols. The visual analysis shows an EVOO of a brilliant green colour matched by yellow highlights. The nose is pleasantly engaged by its green fruity hints of chicory, chard and almond, but also by Chiaroscuro’s spiciness, an expression of its black pepper and fruit’s scents (jujube, among many). At the tasting, Chiaroscuro is the kind of olive oil which “explodes” in the mouth – as already noted, the name Chiaroscuro also represents the character and soul of this EVOO, an extra virgin olive oil which overflows the palate with its strong bitterness and spiciness which directly hits the throat, proving its high content of polyphenols; thanks to its elegant green vegetable notes, Chiaroscuro is also able to exalt itself when paired to dishes with strong flavors which match up the EVOO’s character with their sweet notes.
The information sheet attached to the product is also a point in favor of the De Robertis company – it contains information on the olive oil chemical analysis, thus highlighting the high quality of the product which lies in its low acidity, low peroxides and a high presence of polyphenols.

Appearance & Visual Analysis

Chiaroscuro EVOO is lime green in colour, with bright lemon yellow nuances; in the light, it appears very clear and vivid.

Scents & Olfactory analysis

Green vegetable scents are predominant in the olfactory analysis of Chiaroscuro – the EVOO expresses notes of chicory, chard, grass, green almond, nettle and cut hay. Mediterranean pot herbs are also easily perceivable on the nose, along with thyme; light, fruity notes of yellow apple and jujube, and scents of elegant white flowers like white rose, elderberry and hawthorn softly close Chiaroscuro’s perfume.

Tasting: Aromas & Flavours



At the taste, even just a small amount of Chiaroscuro immediately and strongly fills the mouth with its bitter sensation, along with green vegetable notes of grass, artichoke, walnut husk and chicory, but also Mediterranean pot herbs (i.e. rosemary) and spices such as black and white pepper. The bitterness, a proof of the very high presence of polyphenols (818 mg/kg), is a feeling which involves the whole mouth, evoking the flavour of the aromatic herbs mix. The pungency of this EVOO seems to have the same function which acidity usually has in wine: a balancing effect which makes the product’s final flavour pleasant to the taste.

We love it with…

Read how to pair food and EVOO in our article: Olive Oil Pairings.
Chiaroscuro (just like its name suggests) is an olive oil which loves contrasts and strong flavors, even when it comes to the kitchen: the sweetness of food makes this EVOO’s characteristic bitterness harmonious and balanced.
With its vegetable and spicy notes, Chiaroscuro can enrich a wide range of appetizers – in particular, we would suggest you to use it on bruschetta with salami or with Ventricina Teramana, a soft spreadable made of pork fat seasoned with spices such as red peppers and fennel seeds; you can also add Chiaroscuro to bruschetta with ‘Nduja, a particularly spicy soft spread made of pork fat from Calabria, or on bruschetta with marinated salmon or tuna, or one with tasty sweet tomatoes. Chiaroscuro also gives delicious vegetable notes to meat carpaccio and legume soup (e.g. pork and beans soup).
Chiaroscuro tastes also perfect on meat dishes (grilled, braised or stewed meat), as it makes the flavour impeccably harmonious and rich; moreover, it is also good on grilled vegetables or fish, and fantastic on lamb (Agnello alla Romana, abbacchio), pizzaiola meat, lamb livers and onion, and Gulasch. Chiaroscuro has an ideal use on Tex Mex preparations such as chilli with meat, or spicy lacquered duck.

We decided to combine Chiaroscuro with tuna slices, a combination which surprised us, too – the EVOO gives the dish a pleasantly light and harmonious vegetable flavour, adding spiciness and aromatic tones. This pairing also harmonizes Chiaroscuro’s strong feeling of bitterness.

De Robertis Estate

Dr. Robertis fell in love with the area and subsequently purchased the olive orchards that surrounded his villa, located just minutes from Trani. Along with his passion for helping others, as cardiologist Dr Robertis also believed strongly in the health benefits of high-quality extra virgin olive oil. It became his passion and mission to produce the highest quality extra virgin olive oil for the health benefits and enjoyment of others.

A project which his daughter and son-in-law took upon themselves and subsequently expanded, starting to bottle and sell their super healthy Coratina all over the world as De Robertis Estate.

Azienda De Robertis
Via Andrea Ciardi, 8
76125 Trani (BT)
Apulia – Italy
+39 3200853911
De Robertis Website

Terroir & Region


Puglia, or Apulia, is one of the Southern regions of Italy. The climate is Mediterranean: hot and sunny summers, with mild rainy winters. This area is the heart of Italian olive oil production, and when you try EVO oil from Apulia it’s almost as if you could taste the product of the region’s wellness, the intensity of its sun, the strength of its wind, the sweet saltiness of the Adriatic sea – this is the richness of that territory. And when this extraordinary setting meets the enormous skills of the producers and millers of Apulia, you are sure to try one of the best expressions of Extra virgin olive oil. Discover other regions.

Cultivar / Olive Variety


Coratina is an olive cultivar typical of Apulia (Puglia). It’s one of the cultivars with the highest concentration of polyphenols, organic molecules with natural antioxidant characteristics, which confers the oil its strong bitter and pungent notes. Coratina’s EVOOs are also featured by a reduced acid content. Discover other cultivars