Pimiento Stuffed Olives 101

Pimiento Stuffed Olives are the iconic cocktail olive, made famous as a garnish for the ever-stylish martini when it was first popularized by the Rat Pack and James Bond in the 1950s and ‘60s. This classic olive is still revered today for its large size, firm texture and slightly salty flavor that is counterbalanced by with the sweetness of the pimiento stuffed inside.

Jeff Mezzetta and our Italy-based import manager travel to Spain each year to inspect the harvest and select the largest and highest quality Spanish olives for stuffing. Family-owned and operated since 1935, Mezzetta enjoys longstanding relationships with family farms, allowing us to select the best from each harvest—a difference you can taste in every jar.

While our Pimiento Stuffed Olives are an obvious partner for martinis, they are also ideally suited as a Bloody Mary garnish. The addition of a Mezzetta Peperoncini and Cocktail Onion only makes this drink better—it’s a cocktail and an appetizer in one!

Moving away from the bar for a moment, Pimiento Stuffed Olives make a wonderful tapenade for bruschetta or panini. Diced with Italian meats and cheeses, they make a delicious filling for the classic Muffaletta sandwich. Or slice them and mix them into a cheese dip for a delicious and colorful retro party dish.