Sunday, February 14, 2010

Oliva - restaurant review

We wanted a quick dinner after an art show in Aiken and found Oliva. The menu is short, interesting items but only one pasta and one entree I would have wanted. I chose the pasta, Tagliatelle with Bolognaise Sauce, a half portion because I was told that would be sufficient, and at $15 it should be sufficient. The bolognaise was very good, but the portion was small for the price. Steve had the Cannelloni with Italian Sausage and Marinara sauce - a full size helping for $17. It would have been more appropriately priced at $12 or $13. He said it was very bland. I could understand the pricing if the place had an upscale atmosphere but at best it could be described as a bistro. It was very noisy, probably due to the fact that there were no soft furnishings. I sat on an uncovered hard wooden built in, Steve on a small, not plush chair. The tables were cheap with no table cloths. The silverware was not good quality and the faux paint job on the walls must have been done by children. Needless to say, our one and only visit.