Authenticity is Everything
Saporito Oil, Vinegar, Spice is Gainesville's extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room, with more than 60 delectable, nutritious flavors for patrons to sample and enjoy. Located next door to the original 43rd Street Deli, Saporito offers Ultra Premium (UP), a new category of olive oil that distinguishes the highest quality olive oil in the world (UpExtraVirginOliveOil.com/what-is-up) and authentic balsamic vinegar. They conduct group tastings, as well as private (after hours) cooking classes, kids' foodie classes, chef demonstrations, educational workshops, Date Night and more.
Keith and Katrine Dunn opened Saporito in July 2015. “We'd visited an olive oil shop while visiting family in Virginia many years prior and became huge fans of such high-quality, healthy EVOO [extra-virgin olive oil] and balsamics.” Says Keith. “We decided to open our own small business so that we could work together as a family and offer superior condiments to our hometown community, where health and wellness are valued and prioritized.”
The Dunns are regular vendors at the Saturday Haile Farmer's Market from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and love to participate in local events, health fairs and community affairs. Their seven children also contribute to the success of Saporito. “We like truly being one of Gainesville's mom-and-pops and thoroughly enjoy the friendships we've made,: says Keith.
Katrine explains, “Traditional supermarket olive oil brands are often adulterated or rancid, since the standards for EVOO are not enforced, and there is much fraud in this industry. We like to educate individuals on the health benefits and allow them to taste the difference for themselves before making a purchase. As a small business, we are frequently able to accommodate customer requests. We love being able to hand-pick our products so that our shoppers are pleased.”
Local health practitioners say they are excited to have such high-quality olive oil available, and many refer clients to the shop for polyphenol-rich EVOO and balsamic vinegar, an antioxidant “brain food”. “Our products are a game-changer when it comes to salad, yet they can also be used in cooking, roasting, baking, grilling and sautéing,” says Katrine.
Saporito Oil, Vinegar,
Spice is located at 4401 NW 25 Pl. across from Thornebrooke Village, in
Gainesville. For more information, call 352-745-7886 or visit SaporitoOVS.com.