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The Paradiso story began with Olivelli's Hotel and restaurant which was founded in 1934 by Sicilian-born Rita and Enrico Olivelli. Situated in Store Street - heart of Bohemian London, it quickly became a culinary haven for students from nearby RADA and established actors and actresses at London theatres.Olivelli's name spread rapidly thanks to its warm, friendly atmosphere and authentic, value-for-money food. Such was its reputation that the Marx Brothers insisted on eating at the restaurant on their one and only visit to England. Among other famous diners were the legendary 'naughty girl' Mae West, Danny Kaye, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope and Liberace.When Sicilian-born Giovanni and Salvatore Salamone…
All reviews pasta pollo arancini tiramisu garlic bread prawns pudding old vic italian food theatre goers pre theatre excellent pizza booked a table portion size lovely restaurant waiting staff set menu
We arrived at this restaurant about 5.15 pm in The Cut SE1 needing something to eat before our visit to the theatre. It was already buzzing with about half the tables taken and the remainder bearing "reserved" markers. We were warmly greeted and after confirming...More
Good location near Southwark Tube and Waterloo Station. Nicely lit restaurant, and not crowded. Food was more interesting than usual at this end of the market. I had a vegetable antipasta starter which was varied and flavoursome, and an asparagus pasta main course where for...More
Booked this for its convenient location for a meetup of 7 old friends.
As others have said, they've crammed the place with tables and there's not room to swing a mouse let along a cat. We were shoe-horned into a table behind a column and...More
We stumbled across this restaurant last night, a fantastic experience. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The food was perfect evidenced by clean plates at the end. Already thinking about a return visit
Booked tables for 10 people prior to going to The Old Vic, which is just a few minutes walk away.
The reservation was confirmed by email and the tables were ready for when we arrived, even though travelling by coach, we were 20 minutes late!...More
Date of visit: December 2018
DannySal, Owner at Olivelli - Waterloo, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2018
Thank you for your kind comments, we hope to see you soon
My son along with my husband & 2 granddaughters had a lovely meal here. The waitress was very efficient & friendly & the food was delicious. Lots of choice on the menu to suit all tastes. 4 of us had pasta dishes & 1 of...More
Visited here with friends for an evening meal. Nice décor and plenty of waiting staff. Plenty of dishes to choose from. Ordered arancini but sadly the gorgonzola ones lacked depth of flavour. Main course of pesto pistachio was nice. Overall the meal was okay, not...More
Arrived here on a friday night the place was busy, good sign, with a couple of tables available. Sat at a table and the order taken for drinks. The drinks arrived and meals then ordered, with a garlic bread for starter.
A hour later the...More