Franco imports the unprocessed olive oil from Oliveto in the Calabria region of Italy, also the birth place of his mother. He then bottles the oil in recycled glass water bottles. You can still see the sediment in the bottom. (I'm dying to know what it tastes like.) The tomato sauce comes in three sizes of mason jars, and the smallest costs $5.00.
In other words, there are no preservatives to extend the shelf life. I spied the best-before date on the jar in a young girl's handwriting, Jan. 15, 2011.
Unfortunately, the shop doesn't accept interact or credit, which warranted a trip to the bank. But the trip was worth it. We just had the tomato sauce for lunch, and it was indeed delicious.
Notice the espresso machine in the background. This will be for serving customers in the near future. The shop is certainly worth the visit, but be prepared to crowd in close to your neighbours. When I returned from my jaunt to the bank, there were five adults and a golden retriever in the store, all with very pressing questions.
Drogheria Fine, 68 Fairmount West, Mile End.
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