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2010-12-22 / Business

D’Avolio honors family traditions with culinary oils, vinegars

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

Trish Lynett, manager of D’Avolio, pours a sample of roasted french walnut olive oil at the store, 5416 Main St., Williamsville. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Trish Lynett, manager of D’Avolio, pours a sample of roasted french walnut olive oil at the store, 5416 Main St., Williamsville. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com As a way to honor generations of his family’s homemade Italian food, Dan Gagliardo recently opened three stores where he sells olive oils and vinegars that may be used when cooking.

With all three locations opening in the last six months, D’Avolio introduced its largest store at 5416 Main St., Williamsville in August. Two other stores are in Buffalo and Lewiston.

After visiting a couple of olive oil-based stores in Arizona, Gagliardo decided to open a similar business in Western New York and name it in honor of his grandmother, Erma D’Av olio.

“His grandmother was the core of the family,” said Trish Lynett, manager of the Williamsville store. “She taught the family to cook.”

Lynett said there are hundreds of varieties of olive oils and D’Avolio has many of them for customers to not only purchase but sample before buying.

“Each oil is separated by region,” she said. “There is a lot to choose from, from Italy to Spain to France.”

Products available at D’Avolio include:

• Extra virgin olive oils. • Organic extra virgin olive oils.

• Gourmet oils and sea salts.

• Flavored, fused and infused olive oils.

• Traditional balsamic vinegars and wine vinegars.

• Olive oil-based skin care items.

• All-natural pasta.

Many of the oils can be used as reductions over foods, such as pork or chicken, while the vinegars can be used to make salad dressings.

“If you give us a chance and take the tour, and taste what we have, you will leave blown away,” Lynett said.

She said that although the business has only been open for several months a steady flow of customers has been not only visiting the store for taste-testing, but also purchasing its products.

“There is really nothing we haven’t sold out of at one time or another,” Lynett said.

She said that although items do sell out, customers can order the products and the store will contact them when the items are available.

Lynett said D’Avolio is in a great location in the village. She said that while there are many repeat customers she has become acquainted with, her neighboring businesses have also welcomed the store to the community.

“The timing of everything has just been incredible,” she said. “To do all this in four months. A lot of the business we’ve done has been from word of mouth. We share resources with other businesses nearby. We use DiCamillo’s bread for customer taste-testing. It’s businesses helping to build communities.”

Lynett said the business is planning to hold a grand opening in the near future. She said anyone who would like to know more about the business should visit the store or go online at www. davolios. com.

Lynett said customers can use the website to view meals that could be made with any of the oils or vinegars sold at D’Avolio.

The site also allows users to custom order items and have them shipped directly to their homes.

D’Avolio is currently open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and is temporarily open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Further information about the business is available by calling D’Avolio at 810-9355.

e-mail: kdepriest@beenews.com

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