The Crushed Olive, on busy Main Street in the heart of Huntington Village, is celebrating five years in business this May. The ever-popular specialty shop sells 25 olive oils and 25 balsamic vinegars, as well as a variety of jarred spreads, crackers, salts and other food items.
The extra virgin olive oils are imported from all over the world, and are infused with amazing flavors such as basil, blood orange, chipotle, garlic, Persian lime, and rosemary to name just a few. For the pure at heart, there are several unflavored olive oils from places such as Greece, Argentina and Portugal. One of their best-selling olive oils is Tuscan Herb which is infused with garlic, basil, rosemary, oregano and sundried tomatoes. This pairs wonderfully with their 18-year traditional balsamic vinegar, which is aged in oak barrels and is advertised as “beautifully diverse, thick and potent.”
All the balsamic vinegars are imported from Modena, Italy. Both white balsamic and dark aged balsamic vinegars are available, and are infused with delightful flavors such as fig, cinnamon pear, dark chocolate, honey ginger and coconut.
The Crushed Olive provides weekly recipe cards as well as a pamphlet with recipe and olive oil/balsamic pairings.
Gourmet oils such as black and white truffle oil, French walnut, and sesame oil are also available. No extracts are used to make the truffle oils. Truffle oils range in price from $13.99 for a small bottle, to up $50 for a large bottle. The infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars come in beautiful bottles in five different sizes: 60 milliliters, 100, 200, 375 and 750 milliliters. Customers may taste samples of everything in the store, and once they make their selection, each bottle is filled and then cork-filled-and-sealed for freshness.
The olive oils and the balsamic vinegars are naturally flavored using the whole fruit, leaf or clove, and they contain no artificial or synthetic ingredients and no chemicals. They are also non GMO, and are gluten, soy and dairy free. It is known that pure olive oil is loaded with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols, which helps strengthen the heart as well as fights against cancer.
“Shopping here alleviates the worry on whether or not you’re getting 100 percent pure olive oil,” said sales associate John Tartaglione.
The Crushed Olive is family run by the Rossero family, who have expanded and opened four other locations in Stony Brook, Sayville, Babylon and Port Jefferson. A sixth location will soon open at the Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. Monthly culinary classes using oils and vinegars from the store, are offered on a Wednesday night towards the end of the month in both the Huntington and Sayville locations.
A new addition to the Huntington store is Le Bon Fromage, owned by cheesemonger Patrick Ambrosio. After working in the cheese business for 20 years,Ambrosio is happy to finally have his own space to sell artisanal cheeses, salamis, olives and other food products. He is currently featuring 45 cheeses from France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the United States. He also carries local cheeses from Upstate New York and from Vermont, and sometimes from Long Island.
Olive oil, balsamic vinegars and now cheese? Who could ask for anything more?
The Crushed Olive is open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. La Bon Fromage is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cheese shop is closed on Mondays.