Top quality food, buzzy place
We wanted somewhere in Santa Barbara for a low key meal with quality food and that's exactly what we got, great food, lovely people, we would definitely recommend and return
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The red pepper olive oil is
The red pepper olive oil is fantastic! Also the ricotta crostini is one of the best items on the menu. The meat and cheese plate is very fresh and authentic - enough for two with a salad or other appetizer.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Evening at Olio Pizzeria!
We went to Olio Pizzeria for my daughter's birthday. The food was delicious (especially loved the tomato basil soup) and the dessert was scrumptious! We had excellent service, too! It's always a great spot - lively and fun! I always enjoy it!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small charming restaurant
Small charming restaurant with a presentation of simple and good Food. Good service,
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best pizza ever!
Came here on a 3 day vacation in Santa Barbara. The pizza here is so good that we came here twice during that 3 day span--once for dinner and the other time for lunch. We got the same thing--Margharite pizza and Parma (arugula, prosciutto & parmesan cheese). Oooooh, just heavenly!!! They have perfected the pizza from the thin crust which I love to the fresh toppings. Definitely a must when you're in Santa Barbara.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best reason to leave Montecito
You have to try both of their restaurants. Fabulous food and service.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here was excellent. I would strongly recommend it.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, energy, and service!
The food was great, but the real thing that stood out is how great the service was! We had a group of six for my wife's birthday and they placed us upstairs where we were able to be loud and enjoy ourselves. The server was always there when we needed him and put up with us asking a lot of questions. He was also able to joke around with us and put up with us attempting an Italian accent, which we greatly failed at. Overall great experience!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible pizza, salads, etc. with fresh ingredients, high quality. Great service - the right combination of hospitality and efficiency. Lively atmosphere - great spot to sit at the bar and watch the pizzas being made. The butterscotch pudding is amazing. This is a favorite locals spot for us in Santa Barbara.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent choice for any occassion.
Excellent choice for any occassion. Great food (try the Umbra Pizza)!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't think I have ever had a bad meal at this restaurant. It's expensive, but the pizza is amazing. I have gone here with groups. with family and on romantic dates and everyone always enjoys it. Some of our favorites include the shrimp & potato appetizer, the carbonara pizza, the umbra truffle pizza and we just recently had and loved the pizza with artichoke and prosciutto. Also have had the diavola and boscialo pizzas, both good, and I like the pizza with greens on top. The salads are light and crisp, without overpowering dressing. For desserts, they are all good but the clear winner is their signature pudding. Their drinks are also delicious. I can recommend the basil olive oil martini, the fruit juice and rum martini and the mojito.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service Service Service
The 2 patrons at the table next to ours explained to the server (taking care of both of our tables) explained they were in a hurry and could a "rush" be put on the food service.
Our server seemed a bit distracted (servers over the years at this restaurant seem easily distracted) and took her time getting our order and our drinks for us.
Nevertheless, we finished a terrific meal (calamari, salads, and great pizza) and the server tells us (not asks, "tells") that we are in a hurry and then asked if there was anything else. My daughter pointed out to her that we were not in a hurry and the server became a bit defensive and said you "looked like you were in a hurry" and then left the area. HUH??
The poor service is characteristic here.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italy in Santa Barbara
This is a very special place which has it's origins in the old country. Food is fabulous and unpretentious. The only issue is the management of the house. With clients waiting for tables, the bus boys/women can take 10 minutes to clear and reset a table. This inexcusable at one of the most popular restaurants is SB. bBut it's worth the wait. Hire more staff!!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost like being in Italy
Spent 3 weeks in Italy last summer. This was the closest thing to Italian pizza I have had since. Fabulous salads, too. Warning for pasta lovers...none on the menu. BUT they do have penne for children. Although right off State Street, it doesn't attract too many tourist (of course, I was one). Easy parking next to restaurant entrance.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Slice of Italy
Authentic open oven fired pizza is the specialty here. Thin crust, hand thrown and filled with delectable toppings, is the best in town. The room is filled with happy locals creating a lively atmosphere. There is usually a slight wait for tables but service is just right.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good pizza in a Real
Very good pizza in a Real italian restaurant with italians employees.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Driving by Santa Barbara, we stopped here for late lunch. They serve pizza you Italian style, baked on wood burning brick oven. Our server is very attentive & very kind to 4 legged traveling companion who was allowed to seat outside the courtyard while we dined in since no outside seating available. The red pepper EVOO is amazing, regret we didn't get one for take home.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for pizza and wine
We had a great time. Despite the fact the the place was very busy, service was fast and efficient and pizza was perfect. The wine list was imporessive and REALLY overpriced( $16 for an 8.5 oz glass of ordinary Gavi?) It is highly suggested to reserve on line, since the place is always full and they do not take phone reservations.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I chose Santa Barbara as our destination for our first wedding anniversary trip, and I chose Olio for our "special" dinner. I was worried it wouldn't live up to expectations, but it completely exceeded expectations! We sat at the bar and Tim, the bartender, was our server for the night. He was attentive, friendly, super knowledgeable about the wine and food, and made our night really great. The umbra pizza, calamari, and calzone were the perfect food choices. We had three glasses of wine (2 red, 1 white), and they were all good matches to our food - but, the Foley Chardonnay was the standout of the night!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service and amazing pizza. I have been to restaurant many times, but visited the pizzeria for the 1st time. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I will be back!!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Taste of the Real Italy
For Italy lovers, this place was designed for you.You have the feeling of being in a castle in Italy. The pizza is superb and salumi is the freshest yet. While piling herbed bread high with prosciutto, mortadella and the freshest of Italian cheeses, one is transported 10,000 miles to a small trattoria tn Parma, IT. David provided courteous and attentive service
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
Every time we are in Santa Barbara we eat here. Food is great!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Pizza restaurant
We are frequent customers of Olio e Limone and were super excited to try the Pizzeria. This place did not disappoint! The fresh brick-oven made pizzas were amazing!! Our party of 4 ordered different types of pizzas and they were all tasty and delicious. We will definitely be returning to this place.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Olio is amazing. The pizza is great and is not too big. The servers are polite and are very helpful when it comes to special request. For example, I needed to catch a movie so they prepared my food fast, but still delicious. Would recommend to all.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing pizza and atmosphere
I can't believe I lived downtown for years before finding this place. It's expensive, but worth it just for the atmosphere and for the AMAZING pizza and bruschetta. Best pizza in town, no question. Ca Dario Pizzeria is going to have a tough time competing.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Olio Pizzeria is always spot on. Best pizza around and Leanne the server, who has been there since the beginning, I believe, is fantastic. The squid ink calamari is so crunchy and yummy I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing, it was a shared dish between 4 of us. They always sub out the sausage from broccoli rabe on the Capriccosa...thank you
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sit at the pizza bar!
The pizza bar allows you to watch the cooks work their magic. Great entertainment. The thin crust is excellent.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it Went there for dinner and again for lunch. The best pizza I've had in the US. Very authentic. The salads are also amazing and the dessert. Would drive up to SB from LA just to eat there :o) Domenico is superb and is here from Italy - so you are getting a very authentic Italian meal.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the pizza and sauce
They had wine by the pour, the waitress was not very knowledgeable on them but was willing to ask the bartender and bring a sample. We both ordered pizza but I didn't notice the one I ordered didn't have any sauce on it. I liked it but I am really a red sauce pizza eater. So I asked if I could get a small side of the pizza sauce. She said yes but they would need to heat it and that was fine with me. Well this is when I really started enjoying my pizza. It was good before, good crust, quality cheese and prosciutto that was wonderful. But then adding in some red sauce that she told me they make from scratch with fresh Roma tomatoes that you could really taste, oh boy I was happy! Nice atmosphere and I would very much recommend trying it.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tucked away off a side street, this was definitely exactly what I was looking for on our last night in Santa Barbara. The ambience made us feel like we were in a little ristorante in Italy! The artichoke and the beet salads were two perfectly blended salads, and the pizza was superb; thin crust, delicious mozzarella, meaty, woody mushrooms and sausage with just the right amount of spice! .
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the octopus salad and all of the pizzas are super.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent. Happy
Service was excellent. Happy to see that your wonderful Calamari was far less oily. It was the best!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like being in Italy
My husband and I enjoyed a delicious pizza, salad and dessert at this wonderful pizzeria. As good as what we've had in Italy!
We had eaten at the restaurant version (Olio e Limone) earlier in the week and the food was so good that we knew their pizzeria would be also. And it was.
Although very busy, our meal was brought out in a timely fashion and we were especially impressed by the entire staff who seemed to work together to make this a pleasant dining experience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place and keep returning again and again. My favorite part is to sit at the bar in front of the pizza oven and watch the Italians make the pizza while speaking Italian. You can tell that they love their jobs!!!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss the truffle pizza!
I ate here a year ago on my last visit to Santa Barbara but had forgotten how truly exceptional it is. From the wine (Nero d'avola) to the grilled asparagus appetizer and truffle pizza to the butterscotch pudding, this Is a meal I look forward to repeating. The staff is wonderful. Our waiter was so enthusiastic that he made our meal that much better.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eating at Olio was like eating in the old country , authentic food and craft beers from Italy.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pizza and dining experience
I enjoyed the restaurant -- great ambiance, great quality pizza. We had the mushroom with truffle oil
and the Buffalo margherita. Both were great, although both were a tad burnt.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good, but is it Worth it?
They certainly have their formula down, excellently prepared pizza with a good selection of salads...but dinner for four, no wine, or desserts....$100.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service
Pizza is as good as what I recently had in Lake Como, Italy. This is a don't miss restaurant for Santa Barbara!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to Olio Pizzeria several times. It's always delish! Great pizza and small dishes. Since small dishes are my preferred dining style, Olio is perfect. Had the beet salad with arugula and the asparagus with egg and prosciutto, both solid recommendations. Others at the table had the chicken cacciatore and an olive/sausage pizza. All excellent.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual, Cozy, Classy, & Convenient
Small but well-appointed. Fun atmosphere, nice decor. Delicious pizzas and other Italian fare (no surprise with Olio e Limone next door)...nice bar area, too, with large TV screen (we were able to keep an eye on the final game of the World Series from our table). Friendly service. Great location..near both Granda and Arlington Theaters.
Worth many return visits!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two words- butterscotch pudding!
Been here twice, service is outstanding- very friendly wait staff both times. Highlights: calamari al nero: with squid ink. Umbra pizza: truffles and mushrooms! Super tasty, can eat whole thing if I didn't crave their butterscotch pudding. So good we ordered two!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was awesome! Ian
The food was awesome! Ian and Milano provided excellent service!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, need whole grain choice
Salads are wonderful. Wine selection very good. Pizza variety yummy, but they need to have whole grain pizza crust and bread choices.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved everything about our
Loved everything about our dinner experience. I even loved the online reservation and how simple it was.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great. Every Time.
Every time we come, it's simply great. There is a little wait to get a table, but usually not too bad (sitting at the bar sometimes get's you sat sooner.) Staff are friendly and personable (Leann is our favorite server). You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, everything is delicious. The pizza is about as authentic as is comes.
Favorite pizza is the Margarita D.O.C. w/ spicy salami. No matter what pizza you order, don't forget the spicy oil which they have on all of the tables. Great Italian beers on tap and a great selection of Italian wines and signature (Italian Style) cocktails. Not exactly kid friendly, Great for couples and small groups of friends.
We hope to dine here for years to come. I wish Olio Pizzeria good fortune!!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten lunch here a couple times, first time for dinner. We shared pizzas to sample a few - liked them all. The salads are ample in size and the beet salad was excellent. Great place for a casual dinner with friends!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italy in Santa Barbara
Ambiance is just what you would expect at an Enoteca in Italy. Noise level is energetic yet no trouble conversing at normal voice tone. Service was prompt, almost throughout the entire dining experience. The food is very good and quite authentic. I have had better neopolitan style pizza, however this is the best in Santa Barbara. The sliced meats are fantastic. I would definitely forgo the pizza and simply order their meat platters and salad the next time we go. Overall, this is one of the best restaurant experiences in Santa Barbara for casual dining
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great wines, fresh salads, delicious pizza (with GF option). Excellent wait staff!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My girlfriend and I had a great time at this restaurant. She loves this place and already knew what she wanted - a parma pizza and an umbro pizza. We made a reservation through OpenTable and was seated immediately when we arrived. A friendly French waiter greeted us with the specials and we ordered our pizzas soon afterwards. Before our pizzas came, someone went around to all the tables and gave us some prosciutto samples on the house! The pizzas were great, warm and fresh out of the oven. Overall, a wonderful experience!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM