By : SANDRINE HUCLIN
10 January 2020
About: The restaurant is a two-storey-house that is hidden in a small alley in the residential Sukhumvit 36, only 200 meters away from the Thonglor BTS station, featuring in-house parking and a garden. This Italian restaurant has been brought on through the collaboration between Nicolino Pasquini, who was born and raised in the Abruzzo region in Italy and the founders of Bua, a 30 year-old successful Thai restaurant. L’Oliva Ristorante & Wine Bar features Neapolitan pizza with unique toppings as the Mortadella E Pistachio, homemade pasta with an earthy sauce, cold cuts and a large collection of Italian wines mainly from the Abruzzo region.
Decor: The restaurant shares the spot with an all-day dining coffee shop, Caffe Olives. Inside the decor is rustic with a classic setup; the red-brick walls forms an arch, white table cloths covers individual tables and early twentieth-century paintings hang on the white plastered walls. A private dining area with a 10-seat table welcomes large groups; be it family or friends gathering for a good time or even corporate dining in an intimate atmosphere. All the decor will remind you of Italy.
Menu: Here, the food is straightforward and features specialties from Nicolino Pasquini’s region Abruzzo, East of Rome. The restaurant specializes in Neapolitan pizza, and trattoria-style cooking brought by Chef Luca Di Pietro, perfect for sharing. We visited the restaurant few weeks after their grand opening and sampled their highlights starting with a board of cold cuts and cheese, all imported from Italy and served with a fine sparkling wine from the Trentino region, Trento DOC, a great alternative to Champagne. To follow, we tried the Tronchetto Napoletano, a pocket pizza stuffed with Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, and Emmental topped with Parma Ham and Rocket. A comforting delight for all gooey cheese lovers. Next, we were served one of my favorite vegetarian dishes, Parmigiano di Melanzane consisting of baked eggplant, Mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and Parmesan. A melt-in-your-mouth dish.
The perfect puffy crust pizza is a crowd-pleaser featuring a mouth-watering Mortadella E Pistacchio Pizza topped with the creamy goodness of fresh Fiordilatte cheese, Mascarpone, Mortadella, zucchini cream, and pistachio. Pasta lovers can savor their homemade pasta Chittara Al Ragù Abruzzese, known as guitar pasta, which originates from the process of dividing the strips of dough and being cooked in a rich, gamey tomato-based ragu that combines veal, lamb and pork meatballs. If you are in the mood for dessert, do not miss the family recipe, Cannoli Abruzzesi, a crumbly cannoli filled with velvety and citrus-flavored mascarpone-ricotta cream, it is to die for, by far the best cannoli in town. Wash it all down with an espresso or cappuccino.
Evaluation: L’Oliva Italian Ristorante & Wine bar hits the spot with eye-catching pizza that would please everyone, an exciting Italian wine list and the cherry on top of the cake is the affordable price point for the quality of the meal.