Olivo, the Italian restaurant on Eccleston Street near Victoria station, used to be a lunchtime favourite of mine but for some reason I haven’t been back there for about ten years. However when I finally returned this week I was delighted to find it hadn’t changed a bit, which isn’t always a good thing but in the case of Olivo was just perfect.
The bright yellow wallpaper was the same, the friendly welcome was the same, and the top notch Italian food was also the same – fresh, bright dishes which looked great and tasted even better. This is no fuss, no frills Italian cooking – which after all, is what Italian food is all about. The menu was clear and concise and full of great dishes, with the set menu a very reasonable £24.50 for two courses and £29 for three.
We started with deep fried squid with fresh tomatoes, rocket and a balsamic dressing, and red endive and artichoke salad, with parmesan shavings and truffle oil. Both were great, the artichoke salad giving off a great mouth-watering but not overpowering truffly smell, and the squid looking picture-perfect with vibrant red of the tomatoes.
While any of the other mains would have done, neither of us could resist the black tagliatelle sauteed with cuttlefish ragu which was delicious and the perfect portion size for a lunch when we both had to reluctantly head back to the office afterwards. I certainly won’t leave it another ten years before I’m back at Olivo again this time.
Olivo, 21 Eccleston Street, London SW1Q 9LX
020 7730 2505