Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from Italy vs. Olive OilMorgan DrummondSenior Category Merchant and certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil SavanteExtra-virgin Italian olive oil starts with Italian olive trees. While olive trees originated from Greece, it was the Romans who ultimately perfected the art of manufacturing olive oil in Italy and established the traditions that make olive oil production what it is today. Extra-virgin olive oil is cold-processed to gently separate the oil from the pulp. I look for extra-virgin olive oils with flavor profiles that vary from fruity, bitter and pungent. For a special treat, spoon berries and aged balsamic vinegar on top of gelato.