Philadelphia native turned ex-pat, Alexa Dombkoski, has converted a pandemic pivot into a business venture with the launch of Bellecento Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a luxe first cold-pressed olive oil harvested fall 2021 on a single estate in the Tuscan countryside. Now, Dombkoski is bringing a taste of her adopted home in Florence, Italy back to Philadelphia, with the first limited edition batch of Bellecento, now available in select retailers in the Philadelphia area and nationwide via online purchasing.
After a study abroad semester in Italy and graduating from college in 2013, Alexa Dombkoski decided to leave her home in the Philadelphia suburbs, where she grew up in the restaurant industry, and move to Florence, Italy where she planted roots nearly a decade ago. Over the last nine years, Dombkoski worked various jobs in hospitality and tourism, serving in numerous bars and restaurants in Florence, as well as offering Vespa and bike tours of Tuscany, which was all put on pause when the pandemic hit.
Taking advantage of the connections she made over the years as well as her knowledge of food and the Tuscan countryside, Alexa set her sights on Reggello, a small commune located 21 miles southeast of Florence known to locals as La Città dell’Olio (the city of oil), and the birthplace of the newest premium cooking and dipping oil, Bellecento Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Bellecento is fruity and a bit peppery with notes of almond and artichoke. This luxe oil can be used in cooking (i.e. risotto), baking (i.e. an olive oil lemon cake), mixing cocktails (i.e. an olive oil washed martini), drizzled on a salad, or used for dipping with a crusty loaf of bread.
Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and the greater Mid-Atlantic area. Food news: firstname.lastname@example.org. Travel tips: email@example.com.