The first Olivo to be opened back in November 1997, Olivo - Guildford is set in a building believed to be a late Elizabethan timber-framed house, dating back to the early 1660s. The current Restaurant Manager is Mr. Paolo Ditale, whose passion for food, service and detail has inspired an amazing menu and a superb style of service. Olivo's cuisine is based on three basic principles: Traditional Italian methods, modern interpretation and the use of quality raw ingredients. It is traditional Italian because the staff do not compromise on the basic principles, and yet it is modern because these classic recipes are revisited, interpreted and adapted by the creativity of the kitchen team. They have also carefully selected the wines in the cellar to provide you with a wide range from all over Italy.
Antipasti / Appetisers Antipasto Misto dell 'Olivo' £7.50 A selection of Parma ham, mixed Italian salami, wild mushrooms, olives, artichoke, sun dried tomatoes, and mixed leaf salad (also available for 2 to share at £10.50). Bocconcini di Mozzarella alla Tirolese £5.95 Buffalo mozzarella wrapped in speck (smoked cured ham) and lightly baked in the oven, served on a bed of salad with a balsamic vinegar dressing sauce. Bruschetta £4.50 Traditional Italian Bruschetta bread, topped with garlic, fresh tomato, extra virgin olive oil and rocket salad (v). Carpaccio £5.90 Wafer thin slices of beef and rocket salad dressed with lemon, oil and parmesan shavings. Caprese £5.95 A salad of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, rocket and oregano (v). Asparagi alla Milanese £5.50 Fresh asparagus wrapped in ham and baked in the oven with white wine, butter and parmesan. Crostini Rustici £4.95 Ciabatta bread topped with caramelised onion and goat's cheese and baked in the oven (v). Contorni / Side Orders Olives (free of charge) Mixed olives marinated with olive oil and mixed herbs (v). Pane £1.00 Basket of bread (v). Pane all'Aglio £2.95 Garlic ciabatta bread (v). Insalata di Rucola £4.75 A platter of rocket seasoned with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and parmesan shavings (v). Insalata Verde / Insalata Mista £2.95 Green leaf salad / Mixed leaf salad (v). Insalata di Pomodori £3.95 A salad of tomatoes and onion dressed with oregano and extra virgin olive oil (v). Schiacciata al Pesto e Pomodoro £3.95 Pizza base flavoured with Tomato and Pesto sauce (v) (nuts). Pane Pizzato £3.95 Garlic ciabatta bread with tomato and mozzarella (v). Primi Piatti / Pasta dishes Trenette al Pesto £8.50 Trenette pasta, tossed with potatoes, garlic and Pesto sauce (v) (nuts). Tagliatelle alla Bolognese £7.50 Tagliatelle pasta, served with Ragu - a rich meat sauce. Lasagne £7.50 Traditional Italian meat lasagne. Pasta alla Marinara £12.95 Linguine pasta served with a tiger prawn, langoustine, mussels, clams, tomato, garlic and white wine sauce. Pansotti di Preboggion al Sugo di Noce £9.90 Individually handmade Ravioli filled with spinach, mixed herbs and ricotta cheese in a warmed walnut sauce (v) (nuts). Penne alla Zeneize £9.50 Penne pasta served with garlic, chicken and our Pesto sauce (nuts). Farfalle al Pollo e Funghi £8.50 Farfalle pasta served in a rich mushroom, chicken and cream sauce. Ravioli all' Ortolana £9.50 Ravioli filled with spinach, mixed herbs and ricotta cheese, served in a courgette, sweet peppers, garlic and tomato sauce (v). Ravioloni all'Astice £14.90 Square ravioloni filled with ricotta cheese, mixed seafood and lobster, served with tiger prawns and langoustine on a bed of rocket salad in a garlic, white wine, chilli and tomato sauce. If you are in a hurry and cannot wait, please ask your waiter what can be prepared a little quicker to suit your time restrictions. A discretionary 12% service charge will be added to your bill. This charge is entirely given and split by the staff 'Tronc master' with a 20% deducted by HM Revenue and Custom. Due to the high number of ingredients in our menu we are unable to guarantee any dish of being free from nut traces. Please discuss any dietary requirements with the restaurant manager. Our fresh ingredients are delivered on a daily basis, therefore some dishes may not always be available, we apologise for the inconvenience caused. Il Pesce / Fish dishes Spada alla Livornese £13.95 Pan-fried swordfish loin cooked in a mussels, olives, cherry tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Fritto Misto di Pesce £15.50 A selection of Calamari (squid), Langoustine, tiger prawns and scampi delicately coated and deep fried. Served with lemon wedges on a bed of Lollo Rosso and mixed leaf salad. Orata ai Gamberi £14.90 Pan-fried fillet of sea bream, served with a courgette, tiger prawns and garlic sauce. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Spigola all'Acqua Pazza £14.90 Pan-fried fillet of sea bass cooked with mussels and clams in a light white wine, garlic, chilli and cherry tomato sauce. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Grigliata di Pesce Spada £13.50 Fresh loin of swordfish brushed with olive oil and lemon, and gently cooked on the char grill. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Le Carni ~ Meat dishes Pollo alla Cacciatora £10.95 Pan-fried chicken cooked with mushrooms, sweet peppers, courgettes and olives in a tomato, garlic and white wine sauce. Scaloppina di Vitello al Marsala £13.85 Pan-fried veal escalope cooked in a rich Marsala wine sauce. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Agnello alla Toscana £13.95 Grilled lamb steak served in a delicate garlic, rosemary, mushroom and white wine sauce. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Bistecca di Manzo al Balsamico £16.95 Grilled Scotch sirloin steak, served with a delicate balsamic vinegar and caramelised red onion sauce. Accompanied with vegetables of the day. Grigliata Mista di Carne £32.00 Mixed meats on the char grill - a selection of sirloin steak, supreme of chicken, sausage and lamb steak (for 2 to share). Accompanied with vegetables of the day. La Pizzeria - a large thin pizza cooked in a stone-based oven in the traditional Italian way. Margherita £5.75 Tomato and mozzarella (v). Pizza dell 'Olivo' £8.95 Tomato, mozzarella, black olives, sausage, onion and mixed vegetables. Quattro Stagioni £9.50 Tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, anchovies, ham, artichokes, peppers and olives. Prosciutto e Funghi £8.50 Tomato, mozzarella, ham and mushrooms. Vulcano £9.95 Tomato, mozzarella, hot spicy salami, sweet peppers and onion. Funghi £7.50 Tomato, mozzarella and mushrooms (v). Vegetariana £9.50 Tomato, mozzarella, black olives, oregano, artichokes and mixed vegetables (v). Calzone £9.50 Folded pizza filled with mozzarella, tomato, ham, mushrooms and sausage. Parma £9.90 Tomato, mozzarella, Parma ham, rocket and parmesan on top. Salmonata £9.90 Tomato, mozzarella, smoked salmon and rocket. Salciciotto £10.90 A rolled pizza filled with mozzarella, onion, sweet pepper, tomato and sausage. Served with a fresh tomato dip and side salad.