Alziari has been making olive oil in Nice since 1868, and back in the days when one could carry liquid onto airplanes, the beautiful 1-liter cans in Provencal colors made a great edible souvenir. You can find the famously sunny, buttery, fruity and silky olive oil in fine food stores around the world -- often at a huge mark-up -- but you now order direct from Alziari via their online store, with delivery to 21 countries mostly in Europe but including the U.S. and Canada...
When I was in Nice two years ago, I went to the Maison Alziari on 14 rue Saint Francois de Paule in the Old Town and stocked up on 1-liter cans for 12 euros a pop. The online price is 21,40 a can, with a discount for larger orders. So if you order 12 cans, say, to split amongst your friends or to give as Christmas gifts, you'll end up paying 27,91 euros (about $40) per can with shipping. Not cheap, I understand, but if you're going to splurge, why not buy direct from the manufacturer? (If you're in France, the same 12 liters will cost you 17,75 a can, and shipping is free.)
Check out the Aliziari online store here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com