Decarlo is known for its olives and has been cultivating them since the 1600s, so it is only right to offer one of their best olive products, the Black Olive Spread. It is made with the black Apulian olive, which is native to the southern part of Puglia. These olives have an expressive fragrance with notes of earth and flowers while rich and intense on the palate. Decarlo calls this a "Cream," meaning the texture is very smooth, not like a typical tapenade, and only very fine pieces of olive left in the mix. This is an intense condiment, and a little goes a long way, with beautiful salty and rich flavor with fragrant umami notes. While this black olive spread can be used for various appetizers, crackers, and cheeses, one of the most surprising uses is an excellent alternative to caviar. While it would never replace, it's a nice option for those that don't eat caviar and a fun new way to experiment with food. Though this spread is intense, it doesn't affect the palate like eating a whole briney olive would and is one of the few olive products we can recommend with wine—a delicious condiment made by one of the original cultivators of olives in Puglia.