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3 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
Great and awful
By AaiynFoster on 4/20/2013
Olio & PiÃ¹ is infused with charm: green color abounds - color and plants, relaxing and uplifting at the same time;a wall of french doors and windows - what is not to love. Waitstaff is not to love - the charming kind who smile, say yes yes - and ignore what you request. Like decaf for a pregnant mom ? Nothing quite like being wide awake at 2 am because of completely unprofessional service - but especially when you are pregnant. Perhaps they didn't really understand english. And nothing quite like having/wanting a relaxing visit and experiencing the table clearing staff like sea-gulls at a picnic starved to get 'your' delectibles. The swarming of this level of staff felt like being in the pathway of a beehive. So close to what could have been absolutely delightful - all they need is a fresh coat of paint and attitude ~ I will go back. I want to have a great, refreshing experience at Olio & Piu. I thought the table oil was rather delicious - and I am picky. (Las Brisas organic from Spain - is what I use at home). Assuming that they read the poor review of their oil previously written. Bravissimo ! There is only learning.
New Chef as of this summer so I heard...Delicious food!
By gggg12 on 10/14/2012
Delicious food & friendly wait staff. The Olio cocktail is my favorite drink.. So far I have loved everything I have tried including: the pasta dish with baby clams and zucchini (Linguine alle Vongole e Zucchini), the pasta dish with lobster mushrooms (Risotto), the chicken that comes with market vegetable (Pollo Arrosto), the Pizza with burrata cheese, arugula and ham (Campagnola Pizza), and the Gnocchi with the basil pesto and ricotta!! oh and the (Insalata Di Pera) which is an arugula salad that comes with pears, candied walnuts and gorgonzola. All excellant and I can't wait to try more! On warmer days it can get busy so I recommend making a reservation or if you dont mind grabbing a drink at the bar, the wait has never been too long. The crowd is a mix of casual & trendy locals and tourists. Not sure why there have been some negative reviews but it could be that I had never been here when the old chef was there and I did hear that the new chef is 100% better. I am a laid back person but I do value and expect great food and service when I go out to eat. Maybe I have been lucky with the service thus far when others were not...
Excellent Pizza - But!
By mickeyqwerr on 6/5/2011
The restaurant has very good pizza - great crust, it's right up there with the best pizza I've ever had. However, the draft beer wasn't very cold. The waitress circled with her own pen on the bill that the service tip was not included. We were a party of two - what am I an idiot? Well, there went her 20 or 25% that I was going to give her.
By realNYker on 11/15/2010
With so many great pizza options in the area, you would expect this impressive at first sight newcomer, to deliver a top-notch quality pizza. With great pizza competition from Keste on Bleeker, Motorino on 12th, Luzzo on 1st ave and Lombardi's on Spring. Just to mention a few. It's a huge disappointment. Unfortunately, it's a fake. Just like their Frantoia Extra virgin olive oil bottles that they placed on the tables, which are also a fake. I'm not sure how many patrons theyâ€™re fooling with these Frantoia bottles that are refilled with CHEAP flavorless olive oil. But Iâ€™m sure that many knowledgeable foodies are hip on their deception. I shared the Margherita Extra (winner of world cup & international championship. margherita, cherry tomatoes, bufala mozzarella) doubt it! with my wife along with some of the toughest and tasteless meatballs I ever had. I live right down the block and needless to say, they will not get my business again nor my recommendation.
Maybe they'll work out the kinks?
By cmps on 9/12/2010
I met some friends and some people from out of town excited to try out the delicious pizza. Unfortunately the service was terrible and the pizza was only so so. The best part about this restaurant was the location and the ambiance, and in a city like this those aren't hard to come by. It took us forever to receive water and the wine that we had ordered at the bar (which was never served to us. How does that happen?) arrived even later then our water. All of our orders came out fast except for mine, but, as I was eating with fine southern gentlemen who wouldn't eat before I was served despite my protest, their food was cold by the time I was served. The food was good but nothing exceptional. When one of my party, while waiting for our order to be taken, inquired about the bread and olive oil we saw on every other table we were told that you don't get bread unless you order a non pizza item. It also wasn't especially clear who exactly our server was. In my opinion that is a recipe for poor service. Also, though we were seated quickly, the server made another set of customers move to another table to make room for our awkward number of five despite them being there before us. It made NO sense. Our checks were another issue all together. My experience here put a definite damper on an otherwise wonderful reunion with old friends
Bad from start to finish
By nina_m on 8/20/2010
I've never had a soggier slice of pizza than the one I had at Olio. You couldn't lift it to your mouth without the cheese sliding off like a wet rag. The crust was spongy and tasted like naan and not in a good way. The wine was cold and dry, but the restaurant is open-air and hot as hell. I asked the waiter to please keep it chilled for us, to which he defensively responded: "It's cold enough." The tuna in our nicoise salad starter was straight out of an aluminum can, and hadn't been broken up at all to disguise this fact. The hard-boiled egg was overcooked by about five minutes, and the barely green salad wasn't dressed. I wasn't sure if this was an oversight or what, but they must have heard us discussing it, because the manager held a bottle of olive oil in my face, and said in the most defensive tone ever "I would just do olive oil, no balsamic. MAYBE some lemon." Um, ok? Speaking of knives, we were seated about five inches from the host stand, which is apparently also the flatware station, because they kept rummaging around in the drawer for endless amounts of time to find forks, knives, etc., and every time they did this, it was so loud people had to stop talking. Final curious note: Employees Only sponsors their cocktails, but you'd never know it, as they're not mentioned anywhere on the menu. We paid as quickly as we could, went to the real Employees Only, and then went home and ate dinner.
Very good experience and great pizzas
By wondersurf on 8/4/2010
Went with a group of 5 on Friday, July 30 and ordered 3 pizzas plus the Tagliatelle all Bolognese. The pizzas were all astonishingly good, the Campagnola pizza was incredible with delicious imported burrata covered by arugula salad and deliciously sweet prosciutto di Parma, the margherita was very good too and i think that can easily be compared with the one from Keste or even better, we had also the Quattro Formaggi, stinky and delicious. About the Bolognese, i can say that the sauce was very good, while the tagliatelle were way too thick. The place is loudy and funny with a good overall atmosphere and a decent service. Overall i am very satisfied from the experience.
All around disappointing.
By gramercygirl305 on 7/29/2010
I understand that allowances should be made for newly opened establishments, however, my experience at OliO was simply unacceptable. This past Tuesday, my boyfriend and I arrived on time for our 8:30 reservation. We ended up standing for 30 min at the bar, where they serving warm wine and only 4 of the 12 drinks on the cocktail menu. This was understandable for a new place, but nonetheless frustrating. We were eventually seated without menus, and then our orders were not taken for another 40 min! Then, we ended up waiting for another 40 min for our food. If you do the math, that means we were at a restaurant for almost 2 hours without eating (even with a reservation)!! At this point, the only thing that could save the evening would be championship quality pizza. But alas, there was no hero that night (other than the mindful bus boy who kept the water coming). The pizza was good, but unremarkable. We ordered the Margherita Extra and the Campagnola (actually, we ordered the Argento di Napoli, but they were not serving it yet). The ingredients were pretty standard in quality, and I think they gave us a regular Margherita pizza by mistake. And by the time the server remembered to bring my wine, the pizza crust had become chewy. And since the server continued to neglect our table, we never had the opportunity to ask for corrections, and at no point in the night did he apologize for all the delays. In fact, the only thing that the server brought on time was our check. Go figure.
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