Outstanding! Classic Sardinian cuisine yet young and energetic. We decided to make a meal of appetizers. I had the lentil and carrot soup. It was lovely, but not quite hot enough. I should have sent it back to be heated. My second appetizer was bresaola de tonno. Heaven on earth. Cured and dried tuna, sliced paper thick, draped over perfectly cooked haricots verts and drizzled with a sublime olive oil. Best thing I have put in my mouth in a long time (and I put lots of nice things in my mouth!).
Dear hubby started with buffalo mozzarella with a mound of caponata. Buffalo mozzarella can be tricky, but this was perfect. The caponata was the perfect balance of sweet and sour and still very fresh. His second plate was artichoke with tomato and shrimp. He raved about that too.
Since we had been good with dinner, having just two appetizers each after all, we decided gloom at the dolci menu. We went for the panna cotta with a raspberry coulis. The panna was black with vanilla beans. The coulis was extremely flavorful and, thank the good lord, not too sweet. Perfection.
Service was attentive but not overbearing. Just exactly right.
Plan to go again. Will be hard to not have the same things we had tonight, but we absolutely must try some of the native Sardinian pastas. They look just scrumptious.
Tried Oliveto while on vacation in London thanks to Yelp! The pizza was thin & with anything you want to add to it that was deeeeelicious! Loved the infused olive oils for the bread and even to sprinkle on your pasta. I had a special of the day linguini in garlic with clams YUM!!!! The hazelnut & pistachio gelato for dessert was perfect! Great wine, great service, fantastic food!!!!
Absolutely wonderful restaurant. The food is out of this world delicious, truly the most authentic Italian food I've ever found outside of Italy. Anything with truffle oil here I highly recommend. The breasolla, pasta and pizza are all to die for. They have a list of specials each night which are always outstanding. Tonight I had the Radicchio con Speck to start (radicchio with pork shoulder), which was delicious, followed by the Pizza Breasolla (pizza with thinly sliced beef, parmesan slices and rocket), which was also outstanding. The table had some delicious white wine, as well. The service was wonderful, the staff attentive, friendly and knowledgable. The menu is also incredibly reasonably priced, with most of the pizzas falling into the £10-£14 range, and the starters ranging from about £7-14. The atmosphere is great, just dark enough and really intimate.
My one and only request would be that they give a pizza cutter with each pizza, as the crust is incredibly hard to cut through with a normal knife!
This place is a true gem tucked away by Victoria.
Very nice Sardinian fare in a lovely London neighborhood, tucked away right in the center of town. Pizzas are great and the salads are too. The grilled tuna was delicious and the tiramisu and the gelato were superb. Seriously. Desserts should not be missed. The restaurant suffers from only one major problem; it is far too loud and sound reverberates everywhere. Some attention must be given to this and many solutions are available, if management desires (which it should).
The food here is quite tasty and affordable. It is at an even better value if you get the pizza which is more than enough to feed one mouth, even two and okay, three if you have some kids or everyone is on a diet! I believe they're known for their pizzas but i couldn't resist getting the sea urchin pasta - it sounded so fancy! The portion however was very tiny and it tasted primarily like olive oil, so not the most satisfying. And it wasn't a plentiful of sea urchin meat (see uploaded photo for reference) but then again I've never had a sea urchin pasta before so maybe it's suppose to be dainty servings.
I think this was also the first Italian restaurant that didn't serve complimentary bread or salad so i was quite hungry at the start and also at the end of the main course. My friends who ordered pizza seemed quite full though. :-) So, I decided to order desert too. I had the chocolate and almond cake which came with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. The ice cream is also its own desert item but it's around the same price, which is why i ordered the cake that came with the bonus ice cream as a side! Cake was a bit bitter and dry though but it was still tasty dark chocolate flavor . It had almond pieces but no almond taste so I think the almonds were really just for the texture.
The service was great because I showed up prematurely to the restaurant thinking my friend made reservations. The owner checked their reservation list and called another its branch restaurant to find my party's name. When my friends finally arrived, they said they didn't call in advance - oopsies! However they gladly seated us to an open table and told us that the next party will need the table an hour and a half from now. We were delighted to not have to wait!
Overall a good value restaurant and friendly for a kids, a candle light dinner or just catching up with friends.
There are two Italian restaurants within a stone's of each other throw near the corner of Ebury and Elizabeth street. One was absolutely empty, a server inside pacing anxiously about, doing her best to restrain herself from running out, grabbing us by the wrists, and pulling us inside as we pursued the very expensive menu.
And then there was Oliveto, absolutely packed to the gills, with only one two-top table available at 8pm on Thursday night.
Telling? A bit. Needless to say, we chose Oliveto and were not disappointed.
Starting with the carrot, potato and rosemary soup, we discovered that they had entire wine sections devoted to Sardinia. And entire food sections devoted to Sardinia. And entire pizza menus devoted to, you guessed it, Sardinia.
About half way through our perfectly cooked crab linguine and buffalo mozzarella pizza, we spotted the table to our left devouring cuttlefish with squid ink glaze, and to our right rocking some sea urchin pasta. It only took us a few more painstakingly dense minutes to realise that... hey, this must be a Sardinian restaurant! (I promise, I was the only blond one in the group...)
I would highly recommend this spot for a easy authentic Italian meal out, a smokin' cheap date (relatively,) or a quick dinner either pre or post show if you're in Victoria. A bit on the pretentious side, but with food this good, I can't blame them!
Great italian food. I had the gnocchi, which was fantastic. My friends had the sardinian spaghetti and spaghetti with sea urchin. I know, this place is known for their pizza, but we were really craving pasta! We all liked our dishes, altho the sardinian spaghetti was a bit too fishy.
Service was good as well, we had three people and they actually had to move a couple one table over to fit us (whoops to the couple!), which was really nice (of both parties).
Was it an outstanding dining experience? No.
Was it a particularly memorable dinner? No.
Did the atmosphere or the service make any impression on me? No.
Was my meal delicious? Yes.
Was it a good value for money? Certainly.
And these are the things that matter to me. So, yes, I am a fan.
The thinly sliced cured tuna was a particular surprise, and I'm game for any pizza that uses buffalo mozzarella. So many other things on the menu intrigued me, and as a lover of seafood and a Sardinian-food-eating novice I think I shall return to Oliveto to try all of them.
A great casual Italian with a Sardinain bent on the Belgravia/Victoria border. One of the best Pizzas in London
Great little restaurant in a quite neighbourhood in London very close to my hotel Doubletree at Victoria Station. The pizza was amassing the veal chop on grilled salad with roasted potato was perfictally cooked and the chocolate geloto was just as good as the best we had in Florience or Roma.
Pulling up in a phantom, you think we would get better service. I loved the food, but they were SOOOO slow.
CRAB Linguini! soooo good...and I've never had mozzarella as fresca as the one at Oliveto
Oliveto is a simple restaurant if you judge it from its decor, but it serves really good Italian food, and you will find some interesteing surprises for your choice of meal. The service is a little slow and some times inattentive, but polite. The dishes are beautifully presented and the flavors very good. If you want to go book ahead as it gets really busy and you might find a table but end up being rushed. I recommend the pasta dish with crab.
This restaurant is good for coming with friends, family and children.
First night in London and we were jet-lagged, we stumbled into this place and loved the freshly made and flavorful Italian food. As we live near San Francisco, California we know all about excellent Italian food and Oliveto lives up to our expectations, plus it's affordable especially for this neighborhood.
I went here on a recommendation from a friend. Consistent with the other reviews, the food is great but the service leaves something to be desired. I ordered the crab and garlic pizza, which was large enough for 2 people. The pizza was excellent, thin chewy crust with just enough crisp to it.
Make sure to book a table if you're planning to go on a weekend.
Oliveto is a small, very authentic italian restaurant/pizzeria in the middle of the Belgravia area. I ate there a couple of times, and were pleased by the food (which has a Sardinian orientation) and the surprisingly good pizza (thin and tasty crust, good ingredients, perfect cooking). I see other reviewers mention slow service, I wonder if they mean that the food took long to cook (which is good, in my opinion) or the waiters didn't pay attention to them. When I went there the restaurant wasn't particularly crowded and the service was timely, if a little cold, given what I would be expecting from a southern Italian restaurant. Overall, good value for money, no frills restaurant for lovers of good quality, authentic Italian food. Not particularly indicated for people that needs classy/stylish ambiances wherever they eat. 7/10.
Absolutely delicious! Went on a sunday night and it wasnt too too packed which was nice. my boyfriend and i got the pasta with crab meat and we both thought it was absolutely outstanding. A bit pricey but enjoyed it nonetheless. Wanted to get another to take away for later!
Like a number of other reviewers, i have mixed feelings about this place. I had to take a night bus from Victoria coach station and wanted to have Italian food. Based on the prices and the yelp reviews, i chose Oliveto.
As my friends and i went in on a friday evening, we found that the restaurant was packed to the brim ... always a good sign.
But the downside of the popularity was visible soon enough. We called and gestured ... but no one came to take our order. Two of us (out of the six) were 45 minutes late. We feared that we would finish by the time they arrived. But we had barely received the food on the table by then.
I had ordered the traditional sardinian spaghetti with grey mullet roe. I haven't had fish pasta many times before and this one tasted very good (i will try some version of this again). But the taste was brought about by an excess of oil and butter (like what you see in cheap Indian restaurants). So much so that when i finished there was a measurable pool of oil left on the plate.
My friends ordered pizza ... a variety of them, and all of them were considerably better than my pasta. One of them had the calzone, which was tasty and had a lot of good mozzarella and ricotta in it (in fact my spaghetti was the only dish that was less than filling). Someone ordered plain cheese and tomato while someone else ordered a mushroom pizza. The mushrooms were very good. That guy didn't like them so i borrowed a substantial chunk from him :)
While we were there waiting and then eating, the crowd had thinned considerably. However the pace (or lack of it) of the service did not change at all. So i assume its a systemic problem that they have.
One thing i noticed was that the manager seemed to know many of the arriving patrons. So this restaurant has quite a few regulars, and i could see the reason why. The food was delicious ... and at £14 per head, not too expensive either.
If you want a cheap Italian meal in that part of the city, go for Oliveto. But if you have a bus to board in half an hour then this surely isn't the place for you.
delicious pastas and pizzas!! i walk by oliveto everyday on my way to work, so it was only fitting that it be the venue for my going away lunch.
i tried a bite of the special lobster pasta and the crab pasta, and both were fab. i ordered the pizza w/ anchovies and capers for myself, and i loved it. it was big enuf to share, but instead, now i have leftovers for dinner. :)
beautiful little restaurant with simple honest food. I would definitely go back
Very good italian pasta with seafood in a easy place. Price very attractive.
Oliveto is a stylishly subdued Sardinian restaurant boasting top quality meals at reasonable prices. Lady Luck seemed to be on our side the evening that my friends and I visited, as we arrived at Oliveto around 10 p.m. and quickly got a table for five. However, I highly suggest making a reservation for this restaurant (especially on weekends) and will do so the next time I plan to visit. Not so much due to luck as to attentive service and delicious food, we had a wonderful time at this smart Belgravia restaurant.
Mauro Sanna's cache of excellent eateries around the southern end of Belgravia set an amazing standard for food and service - and in the case of Oliveto in particular, price.
Approaching the restaurant at the Victoria end of the beautifully repaved and refurbished Elizabeth Street may give one pause as there's usually a collection of expensive cars outside, and it's always packed and as a result is quite noisy and the chairs have a disturbing slope to the seats, but these are quibbles. The service is friendly and professional; Mauro himself is often in evidence and there's little waiting.
On a recent Friday night visit we had booked at 9.00 but arrived at 8.15 and were found a table without fuss, and were quickly drinking the excellent Sardinian house white and red wine and tap water, while lapping up the signature ricci di mare (sea urchin) with toast, a treat only available all the year round at the sister restaurant Olivomare. But the true accolades must be reserved for the crab linguini, quite simply the most delicious pasta dish any of us had eaten. There was masses of crab and the linguine was coated so liberally with the rich sauce so that one could hardly get enough of it. One of us had the veal chop, which was also spectacularly good, though possibly just a trifle well-done. And another had the pizza calzone, which was spectacular, arriving at the table looking much like a woman's breast, but was quickly punctured! We ended with panacotta with a fruit sauce, reliably delicious.
Three courses - the pudding shared - and a bottle of the sardinian red plus two glasses of the white brought the total with service to £35 a head. Terrific for London, and for that food and in that part of London, astonishing!
For photos and more please refer to hungryinlondon.com/2011/… Oliveto is another example of a substandard,overpriced Italian restaurant in London. I don't know why you can find so many of them in London,I think I have eaten more bad Italian food than any other cuisine. Oliveto is part of a small Sardinian restaurant dynasty consisting of a few restaurants with olive inspired names (the others are Olivo,Olivomare and Olivino),all in the Belgravia area. Unfortunately,Oliveto is an example of a previously nice restaurant gone bad. I used to eat there once in a while several years back,and while it never was one of my favourite restaurants,it was appropriate for a decent,no fuss pizza or plate of pasta. I always disliked the restaurant's interior though. Completely devoid of anything (like carpets,wall paper,curtains) to dampen the sound of the diners,the background noise is deafening and you literally have to converse by shouting,even if you sit next to each other. Not the best atmosphere for a relaxed dinner,but good enough for a quick lunch. My first visit after several years was very disappointing. The plate of grigliata mista di verdure (8.70) as antipasto was mediocre and not exactly generous. Particularly as half of it was celeriac and celeriac is my top most hated vegetable. (Mind you,this little detail is NOT Oliveto's fault). My most favourite part of the meal was the bread basket. Fresh ciabatta and crisp pane carasau (the typical Sardinian bread) were surprisingly delicious,considering the rest of the meal. I would have had to go home hungry if not for this,as the pizza clearly missed the mark. Considering that Oliveto is supposed to be a Sardinian restaurant,I have my doubts that there could possibly be an Italian behind this pizza. I think you would call it a crime,no treason,against every proud Italian pizza chef.
We chose pizza carretiera (13.40) which was advertised to contain buffalo mozzarella,fresh tomato and basil. The dough was not bad,thin and not too salty. The remainder however was horrible. Everything was swimming in tomato sauce,which tasted like straight out of a packet or tin and was far too liquid. To advertise basil as a pizza topping and then only add four measly leaves is a bit mean. However,to sprinkle everything with a weird green artificial tasting basil sauce is an abomination and can't be forgiven. The biggest problem was the 'fresh tomato'part. Apart from the fact that the tomatoes were tasteless,the useless pizza chef had put the pieces of buffalo mozarealla (I am not even sure it was buffalo to be honest) only exactly on top of the tomatoes. In case you were wondering this doesn't work,as it makes the cheese hard and stringy,you almost couldn't chew it. The atmosphere,as mentioned before,is more remeniscent of a busy train station (noise-wise I mean) and the service personnel is brusque. People don't seem to mind though,as it was absolutely packed when I went to Oliveto. I think I have just answered my own question,the reason why there are so many substandard,overpriced Italian restaurant in London is that people indiscriminately go there.
Super good pizza. One could feed two people. The crab pizza was lovely.
Reliable favourite of locals, this discreet Sardinian restaurant never fails. Although its menu has stayed almost the same for years, the restaurant offers the perfect selection of authentic starters, combined with pasta or pizza offers for main course. Their pizza al granchio is simply amazing, and luckily they do a take-away service too! It's moderately priced (around £10 for a pizza) but the pizzas are huge and I have never left feeling anything less than stuffed! Good selection of wines, and informal dining atmosphere, the tables can be a little too close but it's not the kind of restaurant you sit and wallow in and they do a brisk trade. I would definitely recommend booking, even on a weeknight as it gets very busy and every time I'm there, they have to turn away people at the door.
Get there early because this place is always full. It is yummy. Crab linguine is fantastic!
i had a very lovely linguine with crabmeat. there was a generous amount of real crab in the meal. wonderful.did not expect it to be that good.
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