Olio et Amo – Villa Cavalletti

ProducerVilla Cavalletti
Crop Year2020/2021
CultivarBlend – Moraiolo, Leccino, Pendolino, Carboncella, Maurino
Harvesting MethodManual
Extraction MethodContinuous – Cold Extraction
Tasted onJuly 2021

Thank you to Villa Cavalletti for sending us their Olio et Amo EVOO.

EVOO – Food pairing advice: Olio et Amo

Villa Cavalletti is located on the Alban Hills, near the famous villas and residences of Castelli Romani. The Castelli Romani area was known for being the starting point, since Roman and Latin times, of the “modern” consumption of extra virgin olive oil.

The Latins, in fact, had understood how to produce and consume a good quality extra virgin olive oil, classifying the olive oil by quality as “Ex albis ulivis”, “Viride”, “Maturum”, “Caducum” and “Cibario. “. The first two were of the highest quality, the last ones the worst.

Villa Cavalletti is a villa characterized by a glorious past and a “green”, organic and sustainable future. They chose to adorn the bottle of their EVOO “Olio et Amo” with the “Tree of Life”, designed by Andrea Roggi: this would represent the perfect balance between the goodness of nature and the human soul. A balance that we also find in the delicate aromas, in the soft bitter and pungent sensations of Olio et Amo Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Appearance & Visual Analysis

“Olio et Amo” has a lively yellow color between lemon yellow and honey yellow.

Scents & Olfactory analysis

Villa Cavalletti Extra Virgin Olive Oil has light aromas of cut grass and almond (both in the bitter-green and sweet versions). There are gentle hints of aromatic herbs (in particular fennel) and vegetables such as notes of green tomato and fresh chard. Elegant aromas of sweet spices such as vanilla and olives are also recognized.

Tasting: Aromas & Flavours



The vegetal notes prevail in the tasting analysis of Olio et Amo EVOO: the flavor of green tomato, green olive and chard returns. Delicate hints of thistle and spinach are also present.
Spices became more bitter with the prevalence of pepper, especially green pepper.
The medium-light intensity of bitterness and pungency are balanced, with a slight prevalence of the latter.

We love it with…

Villa Cavalletti’s “Olio et Amo” organic extra virgin olive oil especially pairs with two types of recipes: those that have predominant vegetal notes and those that “need” an addition of aromas to their delicate taste. It pairs well with fresh cheeses, egg-based dishes, mixed salads especially with lettuce, valerian, spinach and vegetables (courgettes, aubergines, fennel). Excellent with vegetable dishes and soups and with pasta or risotto with crustaceans and molluscs.

Villa Cavalletti – Az. Tierre

Tierre Organic Farm cultivates about 5,000 olive trees: they are secular trees whose beauty enchants and excites. Tierre Agricultural Company recovers the ancient production of Villa Cavalletti by choosing to offer only high quality with organic methodology. Typical varieties of the area are grown: pendolino, leccino, moraiolo, rosciola, carboncella.

Villa Cavalletti
Via XXIV Maggio 73/75
Grottaferrata (RM)
Lazio – Italy
Villa Cavalletti website

Terroir & Region


Lazio is the region which hosts Italy’s capital city, Rome. Olive culture started in Lazio millenia ago, reaching its maximum prestige during Roman age. Today olive culture is spreading all over the region, especially in the Lazio area of its major lakes and hills, and in the southern zone, the so-called Ciociaria. The most widespread and autochthonous varieties are: Itrana (best known as “Oliva di Gaeta”), Caninese, Carboncella, Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo.
Read more about Italian regions.

Cultivar / Olive variety


Moraiolo, Leccino, Pendolino, Carboncella, Maurino. Discover more about cultivars.