|The newly renovated Ristorante Olivio; photo courtesy of Brian Samuels Photography|
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).