With each issue, the HERITAGE VILLAGER profiles a local eating establishment that serves the area of our readership.
Olives and Oil Wine + Cucina, 318 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour. Dining inside and outside on patio; parties, banquets and take-out. Times open: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Wednesday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.
– 10 p.m. Phone 203-751-9579. Handicap accessible. Website: www.olivesandoil.com.
The Back Story
After the Olives and Oil restaurant had been established in New Haven for three years, its owners decided to expand to a suburban location. What they discovered was an 11-year-old building that had been built as a restaurant located on a very accessible road that had amazing views of the Housatonic River. So this year they have established a gastrobar that is convenient for the Naugatuck Valley and Southbury areas.
Olives and Oil takes you to Italy with vintage décor and an urban flair. Truly eye catching are the two mounted Vespa scooters that look like they have just come out of an Italian film set. The bar and dining spaces are more than colorful, with red walls and posters that highlight all things Italian. Images of the pig, which is the mascot of the restaurant, are found in a number of places on site. The menu is presented in the form of a classic Italian magazine, which comes out in a new issue from time to time.
On Your Plate
The cuisine of Olives and Oil is the Italian peasant food that was used to feed large families
in times past. The house-made pasta includes linguini, rigatoni and goat cheese carbonara. On the cicchetti/small plates menu are warm ricotta, seared scallops, crispy broccolini and arancini, served with parmesan, fontina and vodka sauce. Main courses included veal osso bucco, roasted salmon and chicken parmesan. On the salad menu are grilled romaine, meatball salad and arugula and grapefruit. Local produce is used throughout the year with a Farm Menu in the summer, a full pizza menu and a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. The dessert list includes tiramisu and fresh made cannoli of the day.
In Your Glass
The “Grapes on Tap” wine list features a rotating 16 line selection of red, white, sparking and seasonal wines with wine flights available. There are eight beers on tap, with a number of local brews highlighted. The cocktail list includes both timeless and twisted classics, such as Peach Bum and Notorious P.I.G.
From Your Wallet
Appetizers include roasted cauliflower at $10 and Littleneck clams at $12. Pesto Alfredo is $18 and a 10 oz. filet mignon is $30. A classic Caesar salad is $11 and a sweet sausage pizza is $17. A meatball tasting, with one of each of the four house-made meatballs served on creamy polenta is $20 and an order of chocolate mousse cake for dessert is $9.
With a menu described as “Electric Italian” and premier cuisine ingredients such as the parmagiano reggiano and olive oil specially chosen to meet the highest standards, Olives and Oil is the real deal for inspired dining. Located near the intersection of routes 34 and 188, it is a great new dining destination.