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“Great Hidden Gem in Springdale”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Olio

Olio
Ranked #5 of 464 Restaurants in Stamford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This is a brand new restaurant in Stamford, CT. The food is excellent!
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“Great Hidden Gem in Springdale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

I’ve been pretty lucky with two visits to Olio Restaurant in Stamford over the last few weeks; each delivered some outstanding cuisine. The first was a quick stop for a burger to complete my update of the best burgers in Fairfield County and the second was a dinner visit a week later.

Co-Owner Moira Hyland met our party of four at the door, showed us the table and was the perfect hostess throughout the evening. The server approached and asked for water, soda or wine and explained the specials for the evening. Two of them sounded delicious and I ordered both. The appetizer was a baby greens and beet salad and the entrée was a pork chop with pickled ramps and succotash. Others at the table ordered a variety of salads and they all chose the gnocchi with Bolognese for their entrées. We let Chef / co-owner Steve Costanzo work his magic in the kitchen.

The salads arrived and they were all very generous in size. My salad included an array of locally grown baby greens tossed with walnut pieces, roasted beets, all dressed with a honey thyme mustard vinaigrette. The salad was perfectly dressed and focused on the wonderful, natural flavors of the greens. The beets were sweet and the walnuts added both an earthiness and a textural contrast with its crunchiness. I highly recommend this salad and the others at the table were as enthusiastic about their choices.

The entrées arrived and mine was a large single 10-ounce French cut pork chop nestled in a house-made succotash of fresh peas, corn, zucchini, red peppers with roasted plum tomatoes a little white wine, chicken stock and butter. The chop was topped with pickled ramps (they were pickled earlier in the day). The chop was perfectly cooked, moist on the interior with a great spice-rub finish. The sweetness of the fresh vegetables were a great complement to the pork and then the ramps kicked in to deliver tremendous flavor to the overall composition of the dish.

The Ricotta Gnocchi with Bolognese was a very generous portion. The gnocchi were delicious, with great texture and the Bolognese was one of the best I have tasted since my Bolognese search last year. It delivered rich flavors, a great balance of sauce to meat and was a delightful complement to the mild gnocchi.

As dessert approached, I highly recommended the donuts to the table and we also ordered a molten chocolate cake. The donuts were as I remembered, absolutely delicious and the molten chocolate cake, served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and few berries. This was also an excellent dessert, a chocolate-y delight.

Olio remains one of the best hidden gems, and I might need to remove “hidden” as every table was taken and everyone had a smile on their faces and a huge thank you to Moira as they left.

  • Visited April 2014
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Darien, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Innovative But Not Far Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a real find. Not your standard Italian, American, Continental cuisine prevalent in better places around here. Everything we had was excellent with distinctive flavors. Check out their web site for descriptions. The service was attentive, the decor simple and straight forward and the seating comfortable. The place is quite small so reservations are important. We will add this to our list of regular go to place for a good dinner.

  • Visited May 2014
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“You can not go wrong with the food at this establishment.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

I loved my brunch dish of lobster eggs benedict and my friends chicken, mushroom crepe was tasty too! The atmosphere is a little loud because of the size and business of the location but it is worth it. I want to go back and try the rest of the menu.

  • Visited February 2014
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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“LOVE Olio!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

We've been to be Olio 4 - 5 times in the last year.
This place rocks! We recommend it to everyone who is looking for
a great restaurant without having to travel out-of-town! Reminds us
of the cafes in NYC. So glad to hear lunch is being served!
We have not been disappointed with one thing about Olio!
If you haven't tried it --- you must!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Hartfam2002
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“Unpretentious gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

As a local restaurant, Olio has uniquely mastered it's very loyal clientele and gradually developed into a small, but great experience - welcoming in every way. The interior is clean and simple, and as a result very stylish. The food is delicious, presented beautifully and there is always a smile from any member of staff upon arrival and departure. Often greeted by the owner, and with her partnership with the Chef, this makes for a memorable experience. They work as a great team and deserve their success. I would sincerely recommend it to anyone.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Joanna D
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