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“Olio; Great Potential, Still Some Kinks”
Review of Olio Italian Meditarranean - CLOSED

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Olio Italian Meditarranean
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Recently re-opened after being closed for a lengthy time.
Reviewed August 30, 2012

We had a very enjoyable meal at Olio, notwithstanding some kinks in the kitchen.
The appetizers were superb. A mediterranean meat pie, wonderfully spiced and a beet salad with fried goat cheese; both marvelous.

Before our dinners arrived, the table next to us sent back a bass dish, complaining about the bass being undercooked. My wife had the tenderloin, which was nicely spiced, but came medium rather than medium rare. I had the pan seared salmon, which was cooked perfectly, but the lemon butter sauce was non existent. When I asked for some lemon, our gracious hostess suggested the chef might be upset by the request. In addition, the risotto and haricots that came with the tenderloin were bland and uninspiring. However, the rice that came with my salmon was quite good.

I think the chef might focus more on his presentation rather than his temperament and he's be well served.

All in all this is a beautiful restaurant that has great potential. Our hostess could not have been nicer, and our server, Ava, was delightful. Some more attention to the details could make this one of the finer restaurants in the Berkshires. We'll try again when we return.

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Thank Bruce B
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

My wife and I spent a weekend in the West Stockbridge area. One evening she was eating leftovers from the night before, so I went to Olio based on the menu that was available at our B&B. It promised to be a decent dining experience, but I wasn't expecting it to be that great. I mean...really. West Stockbridge, MA? Now, I'm not trying to brag, but merely provide context...I've had the blessing to eat all over the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. So I know food (as my waistline will attest). And I want to be cautious because it was, after all, just one meal. But Olio was just an amazing, wholly unexpected restaurant. It started with the friendly, helpful staff. Then there was the wine list...short, not surprisingly given the location of the restaurant, but very carefully chosen with a range of reasonable price choices. (As I recall, the priciest selection was an $85 Amarone; I had a very nice Aglianico for around $35.) As for the food...wow. I started with shrimp with canellini beans...lovely. But the next course was just out of this world, a fennel-crusted pork chop. Too often fennel can overwhelm a dish, but this was light and a nice counterpoint to the perfectly done chop. And the skin of the chop had just a perfect bit of seared crust that added an amazingly delicious crunch. What was really telling was that the sides were also carefully prepared. Too many restaurants, even top-notch restaurants, will dump some limp steamed veggies on the side of their main course. Not Olio. There was just a perfect square of firm, cheesy potatoes, plus some firm, nicely herbed mixed vegetables that reminded me how the sides in a well-prepared meal can complement and enhance the entire experience. I can't emphasize enough...the main course was just astounding, as good as anywhere I've dined before. Then some luscious tiramisu, turkish coffee, and port to finish things off. I was one happy, satiated diner. If you're in the area, I encourage you to try Olio. I'd be amazed if you didn't come away glad that you did.

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Thank Mark M
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

My wife and I were lucky to have chosen this wonderful restaurant while staying in West Stockbridge to attend a concert at Tanglewood. Located right on Main Street we were told that Olio only recently re-opened after being closed for a lengthy time which is why we didn't find any reviews for it. From the beginning we had a wonderful dining experience as my wife and one of the owners warmly conversed about their Sicilian and NYC historical backgrounds. The interior atmosphere of the restaurant is inviting and pleasant and the service was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. However it was the better than excellent main dishes that were truly memorable. Both of us agreed that the "Spinach Cannelloni" and the "Eggplant Rollatini" were two of the best Italian dishes we've eaten in many years. The "Chocolate Ganache" was a good choice for dessert, while the two salads we had were good, but not comparable to the main dishes. We did not sample any of Olio's interesting "Antipasti" selections. We definitely are looking forward to eating here again and highly recommend Olio for a great culinary experience.

Thank arbo
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

My husband and I finally had the pleasure of dining at Olio and were very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant's menu was quite good filled with a variety of food selections.. I ordered the onion soup which was excellent and we both enjoyed the pork chop preparation. The quality of the food reminded us of a great Manhattan restaurant. We look forward to another evening at Olio very soon.

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1  Thank madwar
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

we were pleasantly surprised how wonderful olio has become. the waiter was very knowledgable about their boutique wine list and advised us on the entrees. everyone enjoyed what they ordered and i definetly would go back there and recomment the restaurant to all of my friends

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1  Thank lynn c
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