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Vetralla: L'Oliveto

Via Cassia (SS 2) , Phone: 0761.263.129
www.ristoranteloliveto.it
Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2365

When: 2007

A very nice restaurant in a scenic spot among the olive groves. We had an excellent meal, mostly seafood, though there are plenty of other choices.

Directions: About 4 kilometers north of Vetralla on the Via Cassia (in the direction of Viterbo)

L'Oliveto was recommended to us by Mary Jane Cryan as a good place for a nice Saturday lunch, and she was dead on. It's a very large restaurant in a scenic spot in the countryside north of Vetralla. It wasn't very busy when we were there (on Easter weekend) and all of the customers seemed to be locals. The waiter was friendly and service was very good. There were two menus, one of seafood and one of meat and other choices, with plenty of alternatives for antipasti, primi, and secondi in each category.

We started with a seafood antipasto, a mixture of octopus, squid, and shrimp, which was less strongly marinated than that kind of dish often is. I then had the most wonderful ravioli di patate in a ragu bianco di cervo e tartufo (venison and truffle) which certainly ranks as one of the best pasta dishes I've ever tasted. Kim had paccheri in a sauce of asparagus tips, tomato, and orata (sea bream) which was also very good. We both had a filet of orata with a crust of fennel and potato slices which was outstanding (it had been the waiter's recommendation and lived up to it).

Amazingly, we still had room for dessert - homemade profiteroles in a milk chocolate sauce. With wine (a Lazio vino bianco), water, and coffee (and a nice tip), lunch came to just over 90 euros - not cheap, but well worth of for four courses of excellent food. Highly recommended if you're anywhere in the area.

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