|Monday - Sunday||11:00 - 00:00|
|Budget||Reasonably Priced (£30 - £40)|
|Nearest Station||Goodge Street|
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The Olivelli name has its roots in the distinctive Sicilian food culture. Rita and Enrico Olivelli opened their Bloomsbury restaurant in the '30s – a home-from-home for students at nearby drama school RADA as well as famous London theatre actors of the day. Legendary performers such as Mae West and Bob Hope also dropped by whenever they were in town. Sicilian-born brothers Giovanni and Salvatore Salamone bought the restaurant in 1993 – the first of their select chain across the capital which includes Mayfair and Waterloo venues and two cafés, Caffè Paradiso, in Bloomsbury and Tower Bridge. The Salamones have given Olivelli a new, contemporary personality but they've taken care to preserve its reputation for a welcoming atmosphere and fair-priced, quality food. Only the freshest ingredients and sustainably-sourced fish and meat from local suppliers are used in the authentic regional dishes. No surprise, then, that these buzzy restaurants and caffès are as popular as ever. Discerning locals know a good thing when they find it! And Olivelli still has its celebrity fans – among them Graham Norton, Jack Dee, Eric Clapton and the Old Vic's artistic director Kevin Spacey.
If you’re looking to move off your sofa and venture out for a pizza, Olivelli have it covered. While a little hit and miss at times and not the most unique, you’ll get you’re pizza/pasta hit from this Sicilian inspired Ristorante. If you’re passing by, why not take a seat on their outdoor terrace with an affogato (a delicious combination of ice cream, coffee and liqueur) while watching the world bustle past.