10 Jun Video Series: Simple Pasta Dish with Maria Paola Gabusi of Leone D’Oro
I recently spent some time in Hawaii with our friend and mentor, Maria Paola Gabusi (affectionately known as Maripa), EVOO tasting panel leader extraordinaire and director of the prestigious and stringent Leone d’Oro olive oil competition in Lake Garda, Italy. We were there at the invitation of some of the resorts on the Big Island for paired tastings and dinner with their guests and for guided tastings with their chefs. Maripa is a world-renowned expert on olive oil, its quality, taste profiles, and defects (that remove it from the extra virgin category). She brought that expertise, together with her sense of fun, to the tastings, and we had a great time.
Maripa cooked for us the entire trip, making simple, delicious food with the best, healthiest EVOOs that she brought with her (and that Olioveto is carrying). In this video, she makes a simple tomato sauce for our pasta. She used our cooking EVOO in making the sauce, and we finished the pasta with two distinct EVOOs to taste how different EVOOs enhance the flavor of the dish in different ways.