Giada De Laurentiis Black Olive Tapinade


Can you ever have too much of a good thing?  We recently tried Giada De Laurentiis’ Black Olive Tapinade on toasted french bread with cherry tomatoes and I meant to eat only one for review purposes, but I just kept coming back for more.  My husband sort of freaked out.  Not about me eating them!  But rather he loved it as well.  He also sort of blacked out in olive heaven.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the spread as I like olives, but would not consider myself crazy about them.  This tapinade is different.  The taste is spectacular.  It has the salty olive bite, but there is an extra flavor that just leaves you wanting more.  What is it that provides that extra taste sensation? I’m not entirely sure, but there are anchovies included.  DO NOT BE TURNED OFF.  Here is the ultimate proof.  Nana can not stand fish.  She WILL NOT eat fish.  I have NEVER seen her eat fish.  She ate the Black Olive Tapinade.  She really liked it.  Then I read the jar.  Anchovies! I asked her again to be sure she liked it, her reply, “Yes, it’s really good” and then she ate another.  At that point I could no longer contain my amazement.  Okay, I was laughing.  She was VERY surprised that it had anchovies as it is not at all fishy.  I never would have suspected it included anchovies had I not read the label.  To my amazement, I expected Nana to eat no more after I told her it contained anchovies, she was game for more.  I think the Earth shook a little that day.   Nana ate fish!  Of course it helps when it is completely covered in black olives!

I even added some of the tapinade to pizza!  Yum!

Where can you purchase Giada’s Black Olive Tapinade?  The bottle states that it is made in Italy.  Never fear, just head on over to your local Target!  I dare you to purchase only one item there.  I don’t think I’ve ever come out with just one item, but my Target has groceries too.  Or at least that is my excuse!

I receive the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.


  1. Great tasting tapenade, but there’s ground up pits in it. Definitely wont buy it again for this reason. Too bad…

  2. I could not agree more. I tried it for the first time last night, and it is DELICIOUS. I added a squeeze of lemon and served it with crackers and a kale leave on top- just to pretty it up a bit. I like your addition of the cherry tomato, too! Yum.
    However, I write a blog for vegetarian cooking, ( and I was thinking of recipes to incorporate the tapenade… but then I realized it had ANCHOVIES! grrrrrr!
    Ok, so the challenge now is to re-create Giada’s recipe minus the fish. 🙂

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