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“Friendly and cheerful Italian”

Olive Oil Restorans
Ranked #58 of 947 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$22
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: A cosy Italian restaurant with an excellent cuisine. It can be found at Pils laukums 4, near a park and opposite to the Riga Castle. This is the quieter part of the Old Town, a great place to hide from the crowd while still in the distance of a two minute slow walk from the Doma Square. The restaurant has a vast terrace with a view on a park and the Riga Castle during the summer. The restaurant has references to the film based on "The Godfather", the famous novel of Mario Puzo. The name of the restaurant is coming from the film too. The restaurant is divided into three relatively separate parts, each of them decorated in a different style. There is a Venice room with a six-seat table, a hall designed according to Sicilian tradition, and Sala Verde with a bar and checked table clothes. The warmth of interior painting together with antique breathing of a house in the Old Town of Riga creates a veritably homey atmosphere filling you up with agreeable peace and anticipation of a meal. And you will not be disappointed for the time spent in anticipation. The food is indeed that of the highest quality, with refined and balanced taste. Moreover, the prices are very reasonable. They have a thoroughly thought-out menu - classic, yet interesting, a menu where everyone, be it a vegetarian or a taste aesthete, can find his or her favourite dish. Seafood soups, pastas made at the restaurant, pizzas, brusquettas, traditional Italian snacks, meat and fish dishes are available there. And the dessert, of course, is an Italian classics - Tiramisu, Panna Cotta and other delights depending on the season. While you are waiting for your ordered meal, a waiter serves freshly baked bread with olives in a small basket. Italian restaurant "Olive Oil Trading Co." is one of the best combinations of location, interior, cuisine, and price that you will find in Riga. It can be most conveniently reached on foot.
Staffordshire, England
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Friendly and cheerful Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Just around the corner from The Grand Palace Hotel this is a cheerful and friendly Italian Restaurant. In the UK it would be described as a Trattoria, in France a Bistro. Large comprehensive menu from basics to more fancy items. Food was good and tasty although I don't think the pannacotta would have passed the test in Italy ! but the rest was nice.
Relaxed place - not too busy on a cold night in December. Cheerful, friendly and efficient service and not rushed at all. Four of us had a good first evening here. Good value for money

Visited December 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely FRESH pasta”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

Despite the restaurant being quiet there was still a good atmosphere. A complimentary warm and fresh bread basket arrived before the stater. Delicious.
We shared a bruschetta to start which was average, no more than that because for some reason the bread was covered in a cheese spread before being topped with tomatoes etc.
I wasn't therefore expecting much from the main courses...I'd ordered fresh pasta with squid in its own ink while my wife went for a Palma ham/rocket pizza. The pasta was a revelation*Thick noodles, homemade, and tasted great. I would happily have eaten the pasta simply drizzled with oil and without the topping it was so good (however, the squid was delicious!) The pizza arrived thin and crisp with a perfect amount of quality topping.
A good wild berry panacotta rounded off a delicious meal. With a bottle of house white and bottled water the bill came to 22 Lats (less than 30 €).
*NB: If you are used to eating over-cooked packet pasta you may disagree....:)

Visited December 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013

Really enjoyed our meal here. We had a goat's cheese salad to start, a pasta carbonara and a pizza and a bottle of the house wine ( Italian. Can't go wrong if you an oak hater.) Less than £35. Good service and nice atmosphere. My only complaint would be the TV on over the bar which really isn't appropriate in a restaurant, especially as our table was right next to it and it was a bit annoying. A good night in spite.

Visited December 2013
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Haapsalu, Estonia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exellent place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

First time here was really great experience. Best Italian in Riga for sure. Interior looks like a true Italian restaraunt.

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Rostock, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great local Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Visited this Ristorante recently with some work colleagues for dinner.
Outstanding bread and olives served to begin. The food is fresh and tasty, atmosphere relaxed. Good wine choice and friendly stuff.
Thank you for a nice evening.

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