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Ristorante Olivio, Arlington

To be honest, I did not have high hopes for Olivio; it looks like a generic red sauce Italian restaurant. I have never read anything, positive or negative, about it on the millions of food columns, articles, and websites I frequent (other than a glowing segment on the Phantom Gourmet, but you can’t really trust them). But it was a Thursday night, and by then I’m exhausted from my week of WGB (Work, Gym, Bridge) and the larder is bare, 4 days removed from the weekend shopping. All I wanted a quick, easy meal that I don’t have to prep, cook and clean, so out to dinner, G & R go.

 

There was no wait on a quiet Thursday night; we got a nice table by the window. The bread was standard Iggy’s Francese, but they get bonus points for serving it warm. R had the Bocconcini di Vitello –veal rolled with pancetta, fontina, and spinach. It came with a butternut squash, sage and mushroom risotto. R really enjoyed his meal; the veal was tender and he liked the sauce. I thought it was too sweet, but R’s palate loves the sweets.

 

I liked that Olivio offers a choice of two homemade pastas for $20. I choose the artichoke and fontina ravioli and the Bolognese. The ravioli was tasty, although there was 8 or 9 random corn kernels scattered on the dish, which had no connection to anything. The Bolognese was okay as a pasta dish, but there was far too much cream for it to be a proper Bolognese sauce. It was more like a pink cream meat sauce. Both our entrees suffered from under cooked mushrooms.

 

Our server was friendly, and the meal was what we wanted; a quick, moderately priced meal that someone else cooked and will clean up after. But honestly, with Il Casale 1.5 miles away, why bother?

 

http://www.ristoranteolivio.com/olivios-set.html

 

Tags: arlington, italian, restaurant review
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