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Oliveto's: who loves it and why?

It is amazing. I almost ordered the Charlotte, and now I wish I had! Sounds like you had the same experience as we did with the mackerel. Wish we had had your waitress!

Sep 17, 2006
dcharron in San Francisco Bay Area

Oliveto's: who loves it and why?

I agree that I don't get it, but I also don't think good food needs to be explained. And I can't imagine that Olive Garden has created unreasonable expectations for a welcoming, gracious and enjoyable atmosphere. For the record, I've eaten at Olive Garden exactly once in my life, in desperation on my way through Reno, and I've enjoyed some wonderful meals on my half a dozen trips to Italy.

Sep 17, 2006
dcharron in San Francisco Bay Area

Oliveto's: who loves it and why?

With regards to exactly what we ate at Oliveto's on Friday 9/15 ...

We had two appetizers: one pear, fig and arugula salad, which was the best thing we ate all night. Fresh and well balanced, although not especially complex. To start, we also had the Sierra Mackerel with roasted peppers. This had the potential to be a good dish, but the roasted peppers that accompanied the fish were so hot that they made it difficult to taste the fish or anything else. Luckily we ate the salad first. Our fish was also drowning in a pool of oil that covered the entire plate, but we observed people at a neighboring table eating the same dish later in the evening and it appeared to have a better balance between fish and oil. Next we had a pasta dish: Tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma, Sage, and Parmesan. This was very disappointing. Essentially a plate of buttered noodles with three slices of prosciutto slapped on top. I like simple fresh food, but this really had not particularly fresh flavor that was being showcased, beyond prosciutto. Then I had the pork scaloppine with lobster mushrooms and a side of greens. The pork came with delicious roast potatoe quarters, but the pork was very salty -- even my husband who is a salt enthusiast thought so -- and the mushrooms were unpleasantly crunchy. My husband had the lamb with turnips, which I would recommend because it had a better balance of flavors. Not extraordinary but certainly tasty. Finally we ordered the pinenut macaroons for a light taste of sweet at the end. We received two cookies slapped on a plate. Even though we are both fond of macaroons, we left most of these on the plate, as they were so bad. With most of the meal, we drank a 2002 Saint Emilion -- not bad but not memorable. Hope others enjoy a more satisfying meal!

Sep 17, 2006
dcharron in San Francisco Bay Area

Oliveto's: who loves it and why?

We had dinner upstairs at Oliveto's yesterday and left wondering why this restaurant consistently gets such high ratings from the Chronicle and others. As far as we could tell, the emperor has no clothes although they cost a lot! We had a range of unimpressive food: one dish drowned in hot oil, another was greatly oversalted. The wine that was ridiculously pricey, and the dessert item we chose was stale. Oh and did I mention that the bread was burnt? The waiter had so many tables to look after that he hardly managed a smile the whole time we were there. He was not rude, but he added nothing to the experience. And we sat so close to other diners, we felt like we were seated in United's economy plus section. So why does this restaurant get four stars?

Sep 16, 2006
dcharron in San Francisco Bay Area