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250 South Northwest Hwy, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.


National Grilling Month: Summertime Grilled Shrimp

Amy Wright

Need to fix dinner but don’t want to heat up the kitchen? Look no further! Easy grilled shrimp!

We skipped the butter & used Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, lemon & fresh parsley for these flavorful skewers. Marinate for 30 minutes so the shrimp does not become too soft. Serve with seasonal veggies, orzo & enjoy for lunch the next day in a salad. Serves 2 to 4.

Easy Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh, medium sized, deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Add your choice of fresh herbs; basil, marjoram, sage, rosemary, oregano or thyme 

Simple Directions

  1. Soak wooden bamboo skewers in cold water
  2. Peel shrimp & refrigerate
  3. In a large bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, minced garlic, salt & pepper
  4. Add shrimp to the bowl, toss to coat, cover & marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
  5. Preheat grill to 160°F
  6. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail & once near the head.
  7. Discard remaining marinade
  8. Lightly oil grill grate.
  9. Grill 2-3 minutes per side, or until opaque
  10. Remove from the grill, let rest for 3 minutes, serve & enjoy!

Blueberry, Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Muffins

Amy Wright

We’re celebrating National Blueberry Day with muffins! Made with anti-oxidant rich Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, healthy Greek yogurt & vitamin packed fresh blueberries, we tweaked a recipe, skipping the sugary streusel topping, replacing it with poppy seeds. Make ahead & freeze for a leisure weekend breakfast or enjoy as an on the go healthy snack. Yields approx. 12 muffins. 

Simple Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour 
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 ½ cup organic sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 

Easy Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425F◦ degrees, arrange rack in the oven to the center. 
  2. Toss fresh blueberries in 1 table spoon of flour until evenly coated, set aside.  
  3. In a bowl, combine eggs, olive oil & sugar, use an electric mixer, set on medium & mix until smooth. 
  4. Add yogurt & lemon juice to the bowl, mix until smooth. 
  5. Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda & poppy seeds to the bowl, mix until smooth. 
  6. Add blueberries to the batter, slowly fold into mixture on a low speed. 
  7. Using a soup spoon or ice-cream scoop, fill muffin liners until almost full. 
  8. Bake for 5 minutes. 
  9. Reduce heat to 350F◦, bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown or if a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  10. Remove from the oven, cool, serve & enjoy!