7/26/2013 11:38:00 AM

Ristorante Olivio Adds a More Modern Look, Lighter Fare to Menu

The newly renovated Ristorante Olivio; photo courtesy of Brian Samuels Photography
Given that in recent years guests have been leaning on more casual digs and demanding lighter fare, Arlington's quaint Italian restaurant Ristorante Olivio has evolved.

The menu, along with Italian classics, now offers lighter fare such as small plates, a variety of antipasti, half orders of pasta, and paninis and burgers. Examples include an $11 order of gnocchi with mushrooms, butter, thyme and grated Romano, or $18 for a full portion. There’s a meatball panini with mozzarella ($9) and burger choices such as an Angus burger Caprese with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil ($12).

Where there was once a more formal feel, the 10-year-old space now features more exposed brick, a new lounge area and a lighter color scheme to create a more casual setting. Butcher-paper lined tables and dish-towel napkins add to the relaxed vibe. Black and white photos of vintage Italy help keep it interesting.

Ristorante Olivio is open for dinner seven days a week (781-648-2300).


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