As Gianni Minervini looks forward to reopening his Palm Beach restaurant in a new location this fall, his preparations include more than overseeing renovations to the Sunset Avenue space Trevini Ristorante soon will call home. He’s also focused on, among other things, a special olive oil.
"This will be the olive oil we will use exclusively," said the co-owner of Trevini, which is slated to reopen at 223 Sunset Ave. in the fall. It will also be the olive oil Trevini plans to make available to customers — in custom-designed ceramic bottles — this coming season.
That’s all part of the next chapter in Trevini’s 20-years-and-counting run in Palm Beach. The white-tablecloth Italian restaurant debuted in 2000 in The Esplanade and a decade later moved to 290 Sunset Ave., where it closed in May in advance of its move down the street to 223.
Minervini said earlier this week that preparations for Trevini’s move are continuing apace. As far as menu development, that will begin at the end of this month—but the aforementioned olive oil is surely a part of that. Patrons of Trevini may be familiar with the oil — a first-press extra-virgin olive oil produced in the region of Italy where Minervini’s from: Puglia.
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Trevini began using this oil in earnest several months ago. It’s made from Coratina olives at Terra di Olivi, an agricultural cooperative, in Puglia’s Molfetta, with which Minervini’s brother is associated.
Minervini also explained he has enlisted a longtime friend and Puglia chef to be a part of the process: Giacomo Giancaspro, a culinary professor and leader of Puglia chefs’ associations, according to Italian culinary websites.
In its cooking, Trevini uses Terra di Olivi extra-virgin olive oil packaged in extra-large containers. But when the restaurant re-opens, it will be available for sale in hand-painted ceramic bottles made in Italy, Minervini said.
They’ll include colorful 250-milliliter and 500-milliliter ceramic bottles stamped with information about, among other things, the origin of the oil and its association with Terra di Olivi, Giancaspro and Trevini.
Minervini has engaged a Puglia-based ceramic factory, D’Aniello, to make the special bottles for the oil. According to D’Aniello’s website, the company has been making artisanal ceramic pieces since 1881.
"Some of the first bottles may arrive (in Palm Beach) by the end of August," Minervini said.
Soon, he added, "I hope to have one of the bottle designs include a drawing of Palm Beach."