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“Shoud be better”
Review of Olivelli - Mayfair

Olivelli - Mayfair
Ranked #2,325 of 25,295 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Marylebone
Description: The Paradiso story began with Olivelli's Hotel and restaurant which was founded in 1934 by Sicilian-born Rita and Enrico Olivelli. Situated in Store Street - heart of Bohemian London, it quickly became a culinary haven for students from nearby RADA and established actors and actresses at London theatres.Olivelli's name spread rapidly thanks to its warm, friendly atmosphere and authentic, value-for-money food. Such was its reputation that the Marx Brothers insisted on eating at the restaurant on their one and only visit to England. Among other famous diners were the legendary 'naughty girl' Mae West, Danny Kaye, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope and Liberace.When Sicilian-born Giovanni and Salvatore Salamone bought Olivelli in 1993 - the first of their popular chain of Olivelli Paradiso outlets (now known simply as Olivelli) across London - they took care to preserve the restaurant's unique characteristics, recreating its welcoming atmosphere and using only the finest, freshest ingredients sourced from Italy and nearby markets.Hardly surprising then that contemporary celebrities such as Mel Brookes, Eric Clapton, Kevin Spacey, Graham Norton, Ben Elton, and Jack Dee continue to dine at Olivelli restaurants.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Judging by TripAdvisor this should have been better than we experienced. The staff were welcoming and the first course (octopus) dish was very good. There wasn't anyone who knew the wines on their list and when I made a poor choice, suggesting it didn't taste right there was no one to agree/disagree with me. When the second bottle came - and they were very good in offering it - it was bit cleaner so we accepted it. They should have known their stock better. The saltimbocca and the carbonara were straightforward but not very special. The veal escalope Milanese was poor: dry, overcooked and coated in such a ways as it seemed as if it had come to the kitchen ready-prepared from Brakes Brothers. At £120 for three it was poor value.

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Thank newscreename2016
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

What a find! Great service, a comprehensive menu, good portion sizes and affordable prices. Will be back soon.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely little find in Mayfair. Good food, attentive staff, reasonably priced. Would definitely come back.

Thank kmarshall02
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

St Christophers Place, its a nest of treasures, Olivelli being one we enjoyed very much indeed, ITALIAN to the word, great service, wine and food with a buzz and really magic atmosphere, a collection of clients from all over the World, enjoying good food, wine and beer and great Company.... with excellent service.

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Thank goodtimesdavid
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Very good, friendly service from a team who clearly enjoyed their work. Simple Italian classics executed to a very high standard at very reasonable prices. Would recommend & return without doubt.

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Thank OCDP84
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