Olio Pizzeria

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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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I came for Father’s Day Dinner tonight and had an incredible experience. The food was delicious and we were lucky enough to be taken care of by Emmanuel. He was beyond kind, courteous, and professional. We felt very welcomed and he had a great personality. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody.

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SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there with about 8 people and it was fantastic. I've been to Italy several times and this really feels like the food from the best restaurants IN ITALY. The service was great even though they were clearly swamped due to father's day weekend and UCSB graduation weekend. For this level of food and wine the prices seemed pretty reasonable too. I would highly recommend this restaurant to visitors and friends.

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OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for dinner before the play. Server made good recommendations and allowed a few special orders on menu items. Salad, pizza, meatballs, and espresso afterwards were all delicious and perfectly prepared.

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I
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vero ristorante italiano!!! Piatti gustosi e di qualità. Buona anche la pizza, nonostante la mozzarella sia diversa da quella italiana.

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GX
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olio Pizzeria offers dishes and ingredients that aren't offered at any other restaurant in Santa Barbara. Everything is fresh and made to order. I have had several exchange students from Italy live with me, and they all agree that this is the most authentic Italian pizzeria (and more) in Santa Barbara.

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OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a tradition for us to go here . Excellent pizzas , wonderful salad ( the chopped artichoke salad especially good ) ,lots of wine and beer, cocktail choices . And then there is the butterscotch budino which is moanably good .
Excellent nearby parking lot as well as street. Near the main shopping street of State street. All in all a great find. Casual with ability to have a private room for larger parties.

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GU
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Paper napkins (had I noticed that before sitting I would have left. Bistecchine of almost invisible size;
ridiculous "bread a la carte"; very good pizza dough perfectly cooked; prices a bit too high for what was served.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza...tasted delicious, mouthwatering....the olives were fresh, firm, and tasty. Definitely would recommend this restaurant and would come back again! And Again! Quick and friendly service.

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OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love their fresh artichoke salad with grilled shrimp on top! My friend had their version of Fusilli with Mushrooms and Sausage - Delicious !

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RA
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I normally love this place, however it must have been an off night. My friend and I ordered 3 items, with the salad to be served first. It was served last, just after the other items and there wasnt enough room on the small table. Our bread dish was wrong twice. We couldn't get the servers attention and had to get up to get things on our own. It was busy, but I have seen it much busier. These are just a few of the things that made it less than great. I will still go back, as I said, this must have been an off night.

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BD
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places in town. We always bring friends who are visiting to experience this restaurant. The service is always friendly and quick. The bar drinks are wonderfully made and the wine list is not to be missed. As for the food - never had a bad meal! Love the pizza, margharita is my favorite. The salads are a meal in themselves and make a great lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and came out quickly and accurately.. We were able to try the wine before ordering which is very nice. Ambiance was nice butba bit noisy. Wouldn't stop me from going back.

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BJ
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service are outstanding
It is noisy inside. Many families.

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SB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Out of Diet Coke do not carry sun dried tomatoes chopped salad only fair

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two of us arrived early and were enthusiastically greeted by a charming Italian waiter. Everything that followed was superb: the polpo appetizer, the mista, and the fantastic flank steak main course. We shall return. Prices were very reasonable in view of the exceptional service and delicious food. Great place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Hostess wasn’t very friendly. Waiter wasn’t very knowledgeable about the menu and not very helpful.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pizzas and great service.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and so was the service. There are a few restaurants named olio which made finding this one a little hard

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Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great family birthday dinner.
We had great service from Matteo among others.
Thanks for making it an enjoyable night out!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoy the authentic Italian cuisine and easy-going atmosphere of the Olio Pizzeria

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place with plenty of room between tables. Friendly and efficient service, with well-prepared food and good wine

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G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizza, very casual place, noise level was acceptable. Good beer selection too. Recommended.

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roxanne is the best of the best! My husband and I only ask for Rosanne. She is kind, professional, thoughtful, and know what we like!

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B
Nashville
80 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Believe the great reviews! It is a very cool and quaint atmosphere. Got seated downstairs. Server was friendly and helpful. We had the meat and cheese plate which was huge and delicious. We followed that up by splitting the parma pizza. It was so tasty with a perfect crust. A little black on the bottom. HD fresh mozzarella, pruscuitto, and arugula. Also asked for and got some hot peppers on the side. We washed it all down with a bottle of Nebbiola! Great dinner! Highly recommend Olio pizzeria!

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M
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza! Great salads!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious, service was great but we sat upstairs and the wood edging and hutch were so dusty I couldn't get past it. When ever I see that much dirt in a restaurant I question what it looks like in the kitchen. Sorry for being so petty on this but its a huge pet peeve of mine.

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MW
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mushroom truffle pizza is the best! Rose provided us with absolutely the best service ever. She took her time to educate us on the designation given to cheeses, and other things we wanted to know about. Very knowledgeable. Took her recommendation for the top shelf Parmesan in the Caesar salad. Wow! what a difference it makes. Will always order this now. Try it. You'll be amazed at the difference!

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olio Pizzeria is our favorite in Santa Barbara. We bring friends and family for all occasions. The food and service is like being a guest in someone's home. Thank you and hope the best always.

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JA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious selection of food and drink. Very good service.

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E
Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a very pleasant evening at Olio Pizzeria. I love the ambience. Service was nice. I like that you can order different sizes of wine portions by the glass. My only disappointment was that the food tasted a bit mediocre yet it was decent. I ordered the bruschetta. Kind of lacked pizazz. My husband and son-in-law ordered the calzone. They said it was good but not great. Sorry I can’t say anything better. But we’ll go back and try it again and maybe opt for a pizza.

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M
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and well prepared food with wonderful presentation and service for a fair price.

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P
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite SB restaurants. Good wine list, the Umbra Pizza is the best. We keep trying others but always come back to it. The meat and cheese board is wonderful, although I would like a little less meat and more cheese. Wonderful dining experience. Upstairs the service is a little slower but we were not in a hurry.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place
The service was a bit slow for a Friday .
But the waitress managed it well ( with help of a wonderful young Latino bus boy who spoke several languages including French ! Nice !).
Excellent wine list !
Bravo Alberto 👌

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DW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olio Pizzeria has a very comfortable yet bustling atmosphere. You could be in Italy.
The food and service are excellent as you would expect from the owners of Olio Limone Restaurant which is adjacent to the Pizzeria. I would definitely recommend a visit.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, the food is excellent. It reminds me of osterias in Italy.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent pizza! The prices were a bit high especially the wine. Resented paying so much for the wine!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

You know what you get. Nice placeBusy, bar was backed up too long time for wine. Small salad was better than large....2x price. OK Not great

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s
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

While the food is great and the ambiance cozy, I've had terrible service both times I've tried it. Won't be going back for a third time.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We’ve been coming here for years, the food is really good. However, we had a really bad experience on Friday Feb. 22nd. Service was truly terrible. Our waitress didn’t greet us for a good 10 minutes. Drinks took forever, and she basically ignored us the entire time despite trying to flag her down several times. It was really disappointing and ruined our experience.

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