I always drizzle some oil over the pie pre-bake; and I have to disagree about the quality being wasted if it's applied in this manner. I can definitely taste the difference. BTW, expensive doesn't necessarily win points in my book. One my favorite evoo's is Santini, which can be bought under its own name at Cost Plus World Market for about $9.00 for a wine-sized bottle OR at Trader Joe's, rebranded, for less $$ in an even larger bottle. It's got a savory, buttery texture that makes you want to mop up the runoff with the crust.