Thursday, July 15, 2010
Restaurant Review: Oliveto Italian Bistro
The service was superb, the food delicious, and the atmosphere inviting.
On a whim, we decided to have lunch today at Oliveto, Tyler’s new Italian restaurant. After hearing several good mentions, I had my hopes up that this could perhaps be a decent replacement for my beloved Fiore (RIP). Located on Troup, across from Chick-fil-A and next to Cafe Frontera, Oliveto has a cool, corporate bistro-ish appearance that appeals to young urban professionals such as myself. The hostess greeted us instantly upon walking in the door, and I took a moment to take in the tasteful decor and the many different varieties of wine on display. At this moment, I was pretty impressed. But, would the food measure up to the hype?
The hostess sat us at a tall bistro table near the bar and handed us our menus. Although I was not planning on having wine, a quick skim of the wine list revealed a pretty impressive selection of wines not commonly found in Tyler restaurants. I gave serious thought to scrapping my planned afternoon workout and ordering a glass, but ultimately will power won, and I chose water to drink. I wish I would have taken more time to browse the menu as I can’t recall many of the choices, but this is because as soon as my eyes came across the specialty pizza section I had to look no further. I’m not sure what the name of the pizza I ordered was, but it had chicken, cheese, artichoke hearts, and jalapenos. It was one of the best pizzas I have ever had. My sister ordered a bowl of the tomato bisque, and it was equally fantastic.
I honestly can’t think of one bad thing to say about Oliveto. The service was superb, the food delicious, and the atmosphere inviting. If I had to compare Oliveto to any restaurant in town, I’d say it’s like a cross between Newk’s and Fiore. I love Newk’s and Fiore, so obviously, now I love Oliveto too. I am looking forward to my next visit already.
Oliveto Italian Bistro
3709 Troup Hwy
Tyler, TX 75703
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