“As far as oil competitions go, it’s becoming more popular,” she said and added that Il Fiorello is striving to be a culinary center for the area and to build on agritourism. The olives are actually surrounded by grape vines on Mankas Corner Road where the owners, according to Tomajan, are “extremely passionate” about the Mediterranean Valley. They develop 11 different varieties of olives and enjoy the culture of good food and dining, she said.
Fadhl, who manages the 20 acres of 9,000 trees, said he enters every competition they come across.
“I like collecting accolades,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, but it’s an awful lot of work.”
He explained that they don’t use heat or chemicals to separate the oil, but instead the olives get smashed like grapes are smashed for wine.
While working full time jobs, the couple attended numerous classes to get the education needed to have a successful olive orchard. They planted the first trees in 2003 and by the second year they won Best in Show in a local competition.
“There is always something to do,” said Sylvia Fadhl. “It’s never a dull moment.”Solano County olive oil products earn honors,