Oliveto Trattoria is one of those off the radar, lesser known neighbourhood restaurant spots that’s still kicking around. Located right in Riverbend Square (close to EPL branch, Orange Theory Fitness, and PhoXpress), if you didn’t know, they used to be part of the Sorrentino’s branch but turned independent.
We came on a Monday night and the place was pretty much dead. Apparently, they’re busy on Fridays and the weekend which is hopefully the case. Service is excellent as the whole staff makes sure you are well taken care of. Lighting is a bit weird inside – we were seated where the light above us wasn’t working even though there tons of other open spots available. We were given bread to start and it was re-filled a few times for us, a nice touch. Ask for oil and balsamic vinegar for the bread if you want it, otherwise they’ll give you an unnecessary large portion of butter as default.
The menu is straightforward and simple – one page of appetizers, pastas and meats.
Fresh salt spring mussels ($16.00)
Porcini mushrooms, button mushrooms, and mascarpone. The mussels were humongous (as big as the shells themselves) and the rich, creamy sauce was deliciously addictive. We soaped it all up with the extra bread. Good stuff to start.
Ricotta ravioli ($25.00 large)
With mushrooms, prawns, garlic butter and lemon au jus reduction in a white truffle oil. I decided to try something different from our last trip and went with the ricotta ravioli. Comes with several prawns and four pieces of stuffed ravioli. Tasty with a nice bite to the ravioli and decadent, well balanced sauce. It would have been nice to have a couple more ravioli’s considering the $25 price point.
Tagliolini ($22.00 large)
With sausage, prawns, scallops, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, artichoke pesto and chicken broth. Mother bear went with the tagliolini and could only finish half of it. The sausage was tasty but the scallop didn’t have that succulent, melt in your mouth texture. I found the pasta to be slightly too soft for my tastes.
Spaghettini ($25.00 large)
Spaghettini with assorted seafood in a spicy tomato sauce. My dad had this the last time we were here and he got it again because guess whaaaat, it has LOBSTER in it. That’s right, a lil’ something something for you seafood lovers. Mind you, not a lot but a decent amount considering the price you normally pay for lobster at a restaurant.
Overall, Oliveto Trattoria is still a solid Italian place that I would place in the same category as Tasty Tomato and Piccolino’s Bistro (neighbourhood spots that have been around for a long time but serve reliable, satisfying food). Eat here and then laugh at the way-too-intense people working out at Orange Theory across the lot.
500 Riverbend Square