About Midtown Olive Press
Inspired by delicious, authentic and healthy ingredients, the owners of Midtown Olive Press decided to bring a tasting experience of our unique flavors of balsamic vinegars and the very freshest olive oils to the Triangle area.
The first Midtown Olive Press store opened in Raleigh’s North Hills in the fall of 2010. Since then, we’ve added online ordering and wide selection of local and imported gourmet foods to our offering.
A second store opened in Greensboro’s The Shops at Friendly Center in the fall of 2011. Now those living in the Triad are able to enjoy our unique tasting bar of extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other gourmet ingredients.
Midtown Olive Press is committed to always having the freshest and highest quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) available. Not all olive oil is extra virgin, in fact EVOO must contain an acidity level of no more than .8% and accounts for less than 10% of all olive oils. Olives that are crushed before the fruit is ripe will produce a low acidity but a bitter or harsh taste. Overripe fruit produces a high yield but must be refined prior to consumption. Crushing the fruit at the precise ripeness yields a high quality EVOO. Quality EVOO should have high polyphenol counts and oleic acid levels and low free fatty acid (FFA) and peroxide levels. Midtown Olive Press carefully selects our olive oils with these criteria in mind.
In addition to superior taste and quality, scientists have shown that using olive oil instead of other fats contributes to a healthy heart, lowers the risk of certain cancers, and even lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol. Studies also show that olive oil can reduce blood pressure and help maintain a lower body weight! Enjoy!