Olio Pizzeria
Olio Pizzeria

Olio Pizzeria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliopizzeria.com/
  • Phone: 8058992699x2
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch & Lunch
    Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm
    Dinner
    Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Alberto Morello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Contact our Events Coordinator to plan your next catered event. Our pizzaioli (pizza cooks) will make Olio Pizzeria pizzas in your own outdoor wood-burning oven! Antipasti, salads, salumi, formaggi, dolci and more available as well.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining at Olio Pizzeria for up to 22 guests in the Terrazza Room and for up to 32 guests in the Taverna Room. Inquire at http://www.oliopizzeria.com/privategroup-dining/. Fine Italian private dining for up to 40 guests in the Cucina Room next door at sister restaurant Olio e Limone Ristorante.
  • Private Party Contact: Events Coordinator 8058992699x3

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Lot Parking: Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr). Street Parking: After 6PM and all day Sunday, there is free street parking on Victoria Street in the green curb areas. Alternate parking available at the Granada Garage (Anacapa x E. Anapamu Streets) and Teen Center lot (Chapala x W. Victoria Streets).
A word from Olio Pizzeria
Olio Pizzeria, opened in July 2010, is a causal pizza bar/salumi bar/wine bar/full bar which was inspired by the myriad neighborhood pizzerie and enoteche (wine bars) found around the corner from just about every piazza in Italy. This idea began to take shape before Alberto and Elaine Morello even opened Olio e Limone Ristorante, their fine dining Italian restaurant next door, in 1999. Wine bars serving boutique salumi and formaggi are all the rage in Italy, as is a new regionalism which they are excited to share with you. Sicily is an emerging powerhouse, and touches of Sicilian food and wine delight their guests. You’ll also find exciting tastes from Campania and other emerging regions on their menus, wine and beer lists. Join Olio Pizzeria for private dining for up to 32, group dining, or send an inquiry regarding catering. Buon appetito!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Olio Pizzeria reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (25)notable wine list (22)good for groups (22)vibrant bar scene (19)great for lunch (19)special occasion (16)late-night find (13)romantic (11)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Great pizza
    ilikefood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great thin crust pizza. Tastes like brick oven baked. Brings me back to Italy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Sdee
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of the favorite spots for me and my girlfriend. We went for the first time in about 4 month and our waitress Allison remember out exact order right down to the drinks we got. All of the food was excellent and we're absolutely returning customers
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent, as always
    CharleneM
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We always love coming here! Calamari and Great pizza!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fig and Proscuitto Salad fantastic
    GeraldoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The special salad of fresh figs wrapped in proscuitto with arugala was fantastic and service and pizza were the best as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation was incorrect
    SBAN
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had requested 2 seats at the bar for our reservation and they were given away to another party and we were made to sit in a high traffic table where we were bumped into many times. It wasn't a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bartender, food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our bartender Tim was awesome! Friendly attitude and attentive. Food was great. Fried artichoke hearts were good. Arugula salad fresh crisp with light dressing. And pizza with crispy crust, and flavorful salami and olives.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food and Beer Selections
    bigdawg
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This place is top notch. Excellent Pizza/Wine/Beer selections. The staff knows the food and drinks very well!. Tim (bartender) is by far the best I have ever had the pleasure of serving me. He absolutely went above and beyond to make sure I was happy. A++ bro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Calamari is the best!
    Foodie93150VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I frequent Olio Pizzaria simply for the calamari and their carcioffi salad. The butterscotch pudding is also a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You'll love the pizza. Lots of choices and all of them well made
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great pizza!
    jma5742VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have gone to Olio Pizzeria several times in the past but this time we sat at the bar and watched them prepare pizza and other items. It was great. The staff chatted with us and answered questions about making crepes and other desserts. We will go back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not The USUAL Pizza Experience
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    What a fantastic experience. This is NOT your typical pizza place. This is a great escape from American pizza, it is a casual Italian fest. If you like craft beers, they have many. If you like wines, there are plenty reasonable by the glass options offered. Service is delightful, Leanne thank you! We tried a few appetizers, Tuscan liver crostini with proscuitto, spicy salami spread bruschetta, fennel salami, and excellent breads - yes bread before pizza..what can I say!! The salads are excellent, enough to share. Lots of pizza options, or try to customize if you can't decide... We opted for the carbonara with cheese, guanciale and egg - loved it. We also tried the parma, incredible. Expensive compared to normal pizza. Worth it.
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  • AMAZING Pizza!
    lafoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Terrific food. We loved this place and picked it because it was open for an early dinner before a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Service was awesome. Everything we ordered was delicious. We would definitely go back. They have a more upscale restaurant next door which doesn't open until 5:30P. Want to try this one as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great evening
    gotrixie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    my friend and i had a great evening the other night at olio pizzaria. first of all, the on line priority seating got us seated right away after i was behind someone who was given a wait of 20 min. loved that! i have to say, the food was just great as was the wine. the server was well informed about the various wine selections and that was also helpful. i like very much the variety of sizes of wine available as well. nice touch. downsides.... i love the atmosphere, but there doesn't seem to be any sound dampening in your space so it was noisy and i found i had a hard time hearing my friend. i noticed others around me shouting as well. we ordered 2 gluten free pizzas, and were charged $5 per pizza for the gluten free option. it would not s
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best pizzas in town!
    KatieGVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Fresh ingredients, wood-fired oven... Just delicious! Staff is extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating - they made my dad a special salad without even blinking an eye!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's good
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We used to go to the restaurant until one day the owner suggested we try the pizzeria, which we did. He has the gas/pizza oven and brought a young man from Naples to prepare the pizza....what can I say, last year it was the BEST pizza I've ever tasted, including the ones in Italy. The dough was superb, the tomato sauce amazing and the cheese used was to die for. The pizza was thin and evenly crispy. The artichoke salad and beet/ricotta/pistachio salads were unbelievable. We went back last week and sadly the food is still ok but nothing like before, and the Napolitan pizza guy has left. I hope they will bring it back to the way it was when they started because it was simply the best.
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    hot spot
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  • A little disappointing this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love coming here usually. We love the nero calamari and for some reason it was just OK. It was the Pizza that was a big disappointment. One was very good and the other one was a turn off. The truffle pizza, very good. The sausage one looked strange, and tasted worst. It was if the sausage was par boiled. Now it might have been completely cooked through but it didn't look or taste like it. The sausage itself was unremarkable. The next time we're in the mood for pizza and calamari, we may have to think twice. I hope not.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Every Time
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The best pizza around...for sure! Get the butterscotch pudding for dessert...you will go to heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Every Time!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If you want pie, I mean authentic Italian pie, then go to Olio Pizzeria. It's the spot for pie. And try the artichoke salad - that will be a winner for you. Then there is that butter scotch pudding for dessert! Oh my.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great pizza
    DaveSVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have eaten here 3 times, always pizza. Really well made, ranging from classic margherita to really good specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was great-seating questionable
    dspinerep
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had reservations for 6 got us right in, to an empty room with two big tables and two smaller tables. Thought hey this is nice room till we noticed a small curtain behind our table. It covered a door to a single stall bathroom. The door was directly behind the end our table and there was a steady stream of people using it. You could tell the people going in where just as uncomfortable as we were. After appetizers asked waitress if we could move to the empty table away from door and she happily obliged. Beyond the funny seating initially food was great, Calamari was OUTSTANDING.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Olio Pizza -- that's AMORE!!
    BlueMoonVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We LOVE this place, always recommend it and take visitors, and enjoy a just-the-2-of-us dinners as well. The delicious appetizers, pizzas, drinks, and salads never disappoint! I'd like to give a friendly shout-out to the hostess who was working the the evening of our most recent visit: she was friendly, super organized and unflappable. Holiday weekends can be so challenging, for diners and restaurant staff, and she truly had it together...thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KAS1VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Best pizza in Santa Barbara. Quality service. Enjoy!
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  • fab food, great bartender (Tim)
    foodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    we went there first time and loved the food and the bar. Second time was even better....the butterscotch pudding id to die for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite For Pizza
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There is no better place in Santa Barbara for pizza. And wait until you have the butterscotch pudding for dessert! Ma mia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always the best pizza
    pizzaexpertVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    They are consistently good. Tastes the same each time and that's worth going back for.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Blend
    MissA
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A perfect blend of atmosphere, decor, food, activity, service and their extensive list of Italian beers. The truffle pizza was absolutely amazing with an added fennel sausage as suggested by our waiter. The proscuitto wrapped figs were so unique. The butterscotch pudding was an explosion of dynamic flavor beyond a usual dessert. I typically do not like butterscotch and was pleasantly surprised. We have eaten through out Santa Barbara since 1991 and are happy to add this to our favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a Santa Barbara favorite
    AlwaysPlanningMyNextMeal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Alway a good time and a good meal. Pastore had guanciale, some soft mild cheese (ricotta?), scallions, and fennel pollen. Excellent! Crust on the Parma (mozzarella, proscuitto, fresh arugula) was oddly floppy compared to the others, despite no sauce. Butterscotch pudding is heaven. Our waiter brought us a little treat for a special occasion we were celebrating but had not mentioned to him or any other staff, magic! Both he and the bussers were pleasant and attentive but totally unobtrusive. Many Italian and SB County wines available by the glass fun to discover. Upstairs room is not as tightly packed or noisy as downstairs. Definitely recommending using Open Table or calling to get on the priority list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellllllllllent!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Every single time! The pizza is the best! And so is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing server
    2guysand1dog
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our server was the highlight of Olivia pizzeria. This was the 2nd time she served us and was just as nice, friendly and warm as the first time her knowledge of the food and wine is what you want in a resturant like this. I am sorry is cannot remember her name but she has been there for 7 or 8 years! What a gem. The food is un believable. The piZa crust is beyond tasty. We live in LA and every time we come to SB we come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but salty
    nerdykk
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good food, fun selection of pizza's but salty for my taste. Also, very loud inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    trynewthingsVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    After reading all the hype about this restaurant, I was excited to go. The pizzas are extremely overpriced and are nothing out of the ordinary. I was very disappointed. I would never go there again.
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  • Never disappoints
    frommypov
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Exactly what you hope for if looking for typically Italian style pizza and lighter fare, in a comfortably casual environment. The meat and cheeses selections were delicious and perfectly paired as recommended, the wine was a perfect accompaniment and overall dining experience was just what we desired for a late Saturday evening meal. I have been here a number of times, just with my wife and I and with various assortment of my kids (ages 15 - 23) and we all love this place.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy pizzas
    eatup
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Pizzas are outstanding. Service was slow but good. We asked for bread 3 times but bread is on the menu and you pay for your basket. We were willing to pay. But never got a basket! Going back for more pizza.
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    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food worth the price, not the wine
    PeteMVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This pizza was sooooo good and so fresh. I cringed at the $18-19 price for a generous size 1-serving thin crust pizza, but it was so worth it. Only negative was the $10-18 bottles of beer and glasses of wine. I just wanted a regular beer with my pizza - Olio should save those prices for the fancier Olio and Limone restaurant next door.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Every Time
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Olio Pizzeria is one of THE best places in town for Italian. The care, precision and attention to detail with this food is highly notable - they only use the finest ingredients...with everything that is put on your plate. Go there. Don't wait. It's excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    menl
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great pizza, salads and appreciated the server's suggestion. Unique and tasty starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 212 reviews are from the Olio Pizzeria reviews archive.
  • Amazing!
    FitFoodie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Olio Pizzeria is one of the best i have ever been to. I cannot speak highly enough of the incredible service, ambience, and food! Everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this pizzeria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I'm not usually into going to a pizza restaurant for dinner, but Olio Pizzeria is a must go to restaurant. Try the calamari Nero!! The basil shrimp pizza is another big winner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If You Want The Best Pie In Town!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Love Olio Pizzeria...for everything! The best pie in town and all the other goodies you can get, like the most amazing artichoke salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love this restaurant and visit every time we come to Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.