Olio e Piu Restaurant Review – West Village, NYC
If you find yourself in the West Village, Olio e Piu is a must try. The inside is adorable and quaint. It’s the perfect mix of romantic vintage with a modern, upscale touch. Though in typical New York fashion, they try to cram as many tables into the small space as possible, which makes it extremely difficult to maneuver in and out of chairs and nearly impossible to get to your table without knocking into other diners on your way. Once you’re situated at your table there is plenty of space, though after three rounds of Olio Mules, controlling your noise level may be a bit more of a challenge.
Me and two of my girlfriends went to Olio e Piu for lunch and decided to order a few things for the table so we could try a little bit of everything. We got a caprese salad, eggplant parm and the campagnola pizza. Every table in the restaurant was filled and it didn’t take long for us to get our food at all. While we were waiting they brought out bread, oil, kalamata olives and roasted peppers which was addicting to say the least.
The caprese salad was one of the best I’ve ever had (and I spent six weeks in Italy). The heirloom tomatoes were extremely fresh and juicy, there was the perfect amount of balsamic glaze and the burrata was unbelievably soft and creamy. The eggplant parmigiana (melanzane alla parmigiana) came in the plate that it was baked in with bubbling, gooey mozzarella on top. I would highly recommend it. Finally, the star of the show – the campagnola pizza. The personal sized brick-oven pizza was a white pizza topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula and parmigiano reggiano. It was cooked to perfection, with a crispy charred crust but still light and doughy.
As always, the food was great, but the company was even better.