First Pics: Cardenas Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom now open in Italian Market

Cardenas Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom, which we told you a few months back was coming to the Italian Market, has opened with a dizzying selection of flavors.

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The shop, which opened at 942 S. 9th St. in what used to be a check cashing place, offers dozens of flavored extra virgin olive oils as well as infused white and dark balsamic vinegars, plus a selection of condiments.

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Owners Laurissa and Carlos Cardenas had been exploring opening their own business for about four years and this shop combined Laurissa’s Italian roots (a Sicilian great-grandmother) with her passion for health cooking, said her mom, Irene Kuehn (also the sales manager).

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The EVOs come from around the world and are infused by a California company. And it’s a tasting room, so you can sample as many as you like. There is also a selection of boutique vinegars from South Africa, specialty salts, local pickled vegetables and more.

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Kuehn said that the room will soon be made available for tasting events. Hours for now are Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Mondays) Find them on Facebook here.