Fay Maschler, food critic for the Evening Standard, visited us this week and enjoyed our Antipasto Vegetariano...
Ben'arrivati a Olivelli
Welcome to Olivelli !
The Olivelli name has its roots in the distinctive Sicilian food culture.
Rita and Enrico Olivelli opened their Bloomsbury restaurant in the '30s – a home-from-home for students at nearby drama school RADA as well as famous London theatre actors of the day. Legendary performers such as Mae West and Bob Hope also dropped by whenever they were in town.
Sicilian-born brothers Giovanni and Salvatore Salamone bought the restaurant in 1993 – the first of their select chain across the capital which includes Mayfair and Waterloo venues and two cafés, Caffè Paradiso, in Bloomsbury and Tower Bridge.
The Salamones have given Olivelli a new, contemporary personality but they've taken care to preserve its reputation for a welcoming atmosphere and fair-priced, quality food. Only the freshest ingredients and sustainably-sourced fish and meat from local suppliers are used in the authentic regional dishes.
No surprise, then, that these buzzy restaurants and caffès are as popular as ever. Discerning locals know a good thing when they find it!
And Olivelli still has its celebrity fans – among them Graham Norton, Jack Dee, Eric Clapton and the Old Vic's artistic director Kevin Spacey.
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Olivelli has enough individuality and charm to knock the socks off most of its rivals. It has the atmosphere of a traditional trattoria yet it's the food that's really authentic.
Time Out Eating and Drinking Guide
London’s second Caffè Paradiso (in Bloomsbury) is on two floors with typical treats including authentic Sicilian savouries…and mouth-watering patisserie.
Café Culture Magazine
The dishes were simply brilliant.
London’s stylish Italian eateries include Olivelli with its unique hallmarks: handmade fresh pasta and quality produce sourced from Sicily and nearby markets. You'll also get one of the best pizzas in the capital.
Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to the highly recommended ice cream at Caffè Paradiso. Available at two venues – Store Street (in Bloomsbury) and Shad Thames.
Caffè Paradiso offers a genuine taste of Sicily’s unique café culture
Pizza Pasta and Italian Food Magazine
Olivelli in Bloomsbury is bellissima. The restaurant has the sleekly inoffensive good looks (and relaxed atmosphere) of Pizza Express, but the food is in another league. Just don't forget to skip lunch before coming, especially if you want to start in style...
The Culinary Guide
Olivelli is serious about what it does. It has edged itself cleverly into a proper local Italian restaurant, offering something a little different.
We ate at Olivelli’s St Christopher’s Place venue the other evening. The vibe in here is great…The menu is regional Sicilian – robust, flavoursome recipes that pack a big serotonin punch. Puds to die for, too.
London Visitors Magazine
Give yourself up to the sensual pleasures of a special feast at one of Olivelli’s warm-hearted restaurants. It doesn’t get much better.
London Visitors Magazine