Where: 11 West Victoria Street, 899-2699, oliopizzeria.com.
What: Olio e Limone’s newest venture, a casual enoteca specializing in regional cuisine and pizzas of Italy.
How Much: Lunch paninis $9-$14, pizzas $11-$19.
The Dish: Olio Pizzeria flanks its fine dining sister restaurant, Olio e Limone, serving everyday artisanal Italian food in a casually convivial environment. Tavern-style lighting illuminates the deep-set space, which houses bar seating on the left and tables on the right. The Pizzeria has its focus on regional specialties that are easy to share and simply prepared, ranging from antipasti to insalate to salumi/formaggi plates to pizzas. Start with calamari al nero, a fried squid ink calamari with lemon aioli, not overly battered and a rich black and smoky color. Salad plates are lightly dressed, and the insalate di carciofi is a favorite for its thinly sliced raw baby artichoke hearts topped with shaved Parmesan. Salumi and cheese plates are categorized by region, while also matching flavors. The main draw, of course, are the pizzas, which come straight off the wooden pizza paddle to plate (try the traditional Roman Capricciosa). The pizzeria serves paninis at lunch: Choose from 12 different sandwiches made with house-made pizza bread.
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