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Bodacious Olive

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An Epicurean Adventure Awaits at Bodacious Olive in Pensacola Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Bodacious Olive in Pensacola Beach is a captivating culinary wonderland for foodies. Offering an extensive international selection of olive oils, vinegar, salts and seasonings, fresh pasta, freshly baked bread and more, the Bodacious Olive isn’t just a specialty shop, it’s a multi-sensory experience.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

The Bodacious Olive is truly worthy of its name. This epicurean market features an extensive inventory of gourmet delights guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest palates. A leisurely stop at the Bodacious Olive should be at the top of every foodie’s list while visiting Pensacola.

The Bodacious Olive’s international selection of culinary treasures includes the following:

Olive Oils
From blood orange and basil to chipotle and cilantro, the Bodacious Olive offers an extraordinary assortment of fine olive olives imported from the groves of California, Chile, Portugal, Australia, Spain and France — each with its own unique flavor profile. One of our favorites? The oh-so-indulgent white truffle.

Balsamic Vinegar
Flavors like blackberry ginger, maple, key lime, serrano honey, and lemongrass mint are just a small sampling of the fine aged and infused balsamic vinegar you’ll find at the Bodacious Olive. While the 18-year aged traditional balsamic vinegar is the store’s best-seller, the Sicilian lemon and jalapeno white balsamic also earn rave reviews.

Salts & Seasonings
Harvested by hand from all over the world, the Bodacious Olive’s gourmet salts include everything from black truffle sea salt to the versatile Everyday Chef’s Blend.

Pasta
We can think of no better partner for the Bodacious Olive’s magnificent olive oils than its incredible handmade linguine, spaghetti, vermicelli, lasagna, rotini and farfalle pasta. In addition to stopping in to get yours, you can also call ahead to place your order so it’s ready when you arrive.

Bread & Accoutrements
When the Bodacious Olive first opened its doors, it offered freshly baked bread for sampling the olive oils. Soon, customers start asking for the bread itself, and with good reason: There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a warm baguette or boule from the Bodacious Olive. There’s also a mouthwatering selection of spreads, dips, sauces and jams — many of them locally sourced — to accompany the bread.

Not sure what you’re shopping for when you visit the Bodacious Olive? In addition to being known for its fine food, the shop is also known for its professional, courteous and knowledgeable service. The staff here will go out of its way to help you. Plus, unlimited free samples of the Bodacious Olive’s oils and vinegar mean you’re sure to make the perfect pick.

Another great thing about the Bodacious Olive? Bottles can be purchased in three different sizes so you leave with exactly the right amount. Just choose your oil or vinegar, pick a size, and the salesperson will pour, label, and cork it for you.

Keep in mind that the Bodacious Olive is part of the Bodacious Shops family, which also includes The Bodacious Brew coffee shop; So Chopped Salad Bar & Bistro; So Gourmet Kitchenry; and Bubba’s Sweet Spot. Make sure you allow ample time to explore all of these stores for one seriously delectable detour.

If you’d like to return home with some amazing new skills set to go along with all of your Bodacious Olive findings, meanwhile, sign up for one of the weekly cooking classes held upstairs at SoGourmet.

Insider Tips:
– If you don’t have room to spare in your luggage, the Bodacious Olive also has an online store so you can have its oils, vinegar and kitchen items shipped right to your home.
– If you plan on being a repeat customer at the Bodacious Olive, be sure to join the loyalty club to earn points with each purchase.
– The Bodacious Olive has abbreviated weekend hours so be sure to plan accordingly so you’re not disappointed.