Tucked away on a tiny street in the 10eme is this tiny gem, which we wouldn’t have known about save for an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Part epicierie, with olive oil and other products directly imported from Siciliy, part restaurant, where a group of up to 5 is served a meal requiring no heat cooking (there isn’t an oven) at a small foldout table right in the middle of the shop, La Tête Dans Les Olives was one of the highlights of the trip for us. They’re only open from 2-7 Tuesday through Friday, and 11-6 on Saturday, and we shamefully waited until the last day of our trip (in a snow storm no less!) to visit.
There are about 16 different olive oils per year, distinguished by the type of grape, and named after the Sicilian owner of the grove where the olives were grown. Owner Cedric Casanova wasn’t there the day we went, but we were treated to an olive oil tasting by Pablo, who gave us six or seven samples on spoons, starting with the mildest olive oil and working up to the strongest. You might have guessed by now, but we are serious olive oil freaks, so this was pretty much heaven.
We bought two bottles, freshly poured and labeled just for us, but if we had perhaps more suitcase space I think we would have bought one of each. I think they ship internationally? I’ll have to investigate closer to JAMAL’s birthday. This place is off the normal, tourist-beaten path, but I can’t recommend it enough.
La Tête Dans Les Olives, 2 rue Sainte Marthe, Paris 10eme, Metro Goncourt Tel. 09 51 31 33 34