We went to Olivios tonight for the first time, on the recommendation of a friend, and expected to find a 'better than usual' Cyprus village restaurant. In fact we found a gem. The outside has been tastefully designed to fit into the village and inside the ambiance.is more sophisticated than you would usually expect in a village setting. The greeting, from one of the proprietors, Elaine, is warm and professional. The ante-room/lounge is adequate and comfortable. Drinks are reasonably priced and it is well worth taking the time to go through the menu, which is best described as Italian/Cypriot fusion. Starters include Prosciutto, Caprese, prawns in various guises and several others. Pasta dishes include all the usual suspects, plus the interesting additions of fettucine with lobster or with prawns and artichokes. The main courses are for the most part Italian, variations on beef and pork plus several chicken dishes and a range of fresh fish. The Cypriot use of local spices gives all these dishes a really interesting twist and the food we had was delicious. Graciously served by Elaine and Panos, her husband, the other proprietor, on linen tablecloths, elegant china and glassware, the whole meal was excellent - and the bill perfectly reasonable. All in all our first visit to Olivios was a memorable experience and we look forward to going back. It has only been open for two years and already has a faithful clientele, which it richly deserves.
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