I fell in love with the rustic charm of Olio e Piu the minute I stepped in. It was a perfect 76 degree evening and the ceiling to floor front panels were opened to reveal colorful sidewalk tables that looked out on legendary West Village sites like the Jefferson Market Library and and CE Bigelow Pharmacy.
I couldn't wait to try what was promised to be real Neapolitan fare including wood oven baked pizzas with homemade mozzarella and pasta made on the premises that you can actually buy from their refrigerator case and take home to prepare yourself for only $6 a pound. They also make their own very light EV olive oil back in the old country that is sold on the premises. I started off with Insalata di Pera ($13), a salad made with extra tender organic baby arugula leaves, moist dried figs, poached pears and candied walnuts and topped with the house olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a touch of lemon juice. It’s one of the best salads I have had all year and is quite filling thanks to the hearty and sweet figs.
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3 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10011