The newest edition to Providence’s eclectic Wayland Square is The Olive Tap, an artisanal olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting emporium. I think we can all agree that a solid bread-olive oil-vinegar combination can elevate any meal. Looking to impress your next dinner companions? Searching for a way to enhance your favorite salad dressing recipe? The Olive Tap is your next stop for perfecting your future culinary creations.
The Olive Tap, located at 485 Angell St., offers you the opportunity to sample and purchase the finest Extra Virgin and flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars of Modena. Choose from the rows of oil and vinegar dispensed directly from their sealed “Fusti” (serving tanks). The basic premise is as follows: you walk in, greeted by rows of shining silver containers of oil and vinegar, terrines of French bread, and as many tasting cups as you can hold. You’re welcome to try one or all of their delicious offerings, mixed and matched, with bread or straight out of the serving cup, shot style. With flavors ranging from White Truffle Olive Oil to Espresso Vinegar, the permutations are endless. If that isn’t enough, The Olive Tap has an enormous collection of culinary sauces, marinades, gourmet pastas and international specialty foods for purchase.
And it keeps getting better. The Olive Tap works with many local food providers and keeps it all in the greater Providence family. Jaime D’Oliveira—yes, the renowned chef at such Providence dining hotspots as Red Stripe, Mill’s Tavern, and Al Forno—is The Olive Tap’s “culinary coach” who curates The Olive Tap’s menu at its free (!!!!) weekly Friday night tastings. The bread available for tasting and dipping is provided by Buono’s Bakery, the delicious focaccia (available for purchase) comes from Il Fornello, and the honey to match the balsamic is from Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. Needless to say, you can justify your impulsive food purchases after you taste these various oils and vinegars—you’ll be supporting Rhode Island food vendors as you dine like you’re vacationing in Tuscany.
After passing The Olive Tap multiple times while running our various Wayland Square errands, our curiosity finally got the better of us—we recruited a squad of bloggers to go out into the field and check out the new store on the block. As you can likely tell, we were more than pleasantly surprised. After
stuffing our faces completing thorough research, we thought that these flavors reigned supreme:
- White Truffle
- Tuscan Herb
- Peach White
- Dark Chocolate
Drooling? Skeptical? Stop by The Olive Tap tonight between 6 and 8 p.m. to check out what gourmet goodies Chef D’Oliveira is serving up. Tonight’s menu is inspired by Portugal and includes Codfish Cakes, traditional Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken, and Pineapple in Port Wine. Stay classy during reading period, and don’t leave Brown without checking out The Olive Tap. Be sure to like it on Facebook!