Friday, March 10, 2017

Bridgeport Edition: Oliverio's Ristorante

OliveriosNorth Central West Virginia is like a mini Italy right in the mountains, so it makes sense that there are quite a few delicious Italian restaurants that made the Division of Tourism's most recent 101 Most Unique Places to Dine in WV list.

From the mountains of Calabria to the appalachian hills, Oliverio's Ristorante has been bringing old-world cuisine to West Virginia for more than 40 years. Known as one of West Virginia's most respected Restaurants for fine italian cuisine and top-knotch service. Oliverio's flagship restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Bridgeport. It is locally owned and operated by the Oliverio family. This old world, stylish trattoria has been a family tradition for generations. We are open seven nights a week featuring nightly specials, homemade pastas and sauces, our famous house italian dressing and homemade breadsticks, great seafood and steaks, creative appetizers, fresh baked desserts, and our extensive wine list. Stop in for lunch Monday-Friday and enjoy our large selection of outstanding sandwiches including our famous hoagies and paninis, or treat yourself to a plate of angel hair pasta with our award winning meatballs and sauce. Three generations of Oliverios participate in the daily operation of the four location family owned business. The tradition of quality food and service has been passed down for generations. From our family roots in Calabria, Italy, to your table, all the love and care that went into these family recipes is still a part of every dish. Join us today to enjoy italian cuisine at its very best.

OliveriosOliverio's Ristorante is one of the larger Italian restaurants in the area, with a sister location in Morgantown, as well. I have been to the Morgantown location but never the original Bridgeport one. Their inclusion on the 101 list prompted me to mark them off my list sooner rather than later.

OliveriosOliverio's has a ton of parking, which is an added benefit over the Morgantown location. Walking in, they certainly know how to set a scene. Large brick entryway with an extensive wine collection in full view. Green plants drape the corners, and small twinkle lights make the space seem intimate.

OliveriosThe menu has everything you'd expect: lasagna, ravioli, eggplant parmesan - plus a variety of steaks, seafood, chicken, and veal dishes. I ordered the chicken marsala over angel hair because I've had their red sauce multiple times, so I wanted to try something different. And, doesn't this sound good: tender medallions sautéed with mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, garlic simmered in a Marsala Wine sauced served over angel hair pasta.

OliveriosBut, first, these freshly baked bread sticks. They're dusted with parmesan, and they are heavenly.

OliveriosThe salad with house dressing is decent; it's not bad, but the dressing isn't super duper exciting for me either. And, maybe a bit overdressed?

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The main entree was great! I loved the tons of veggies that were perfectly cooked. Angel hair is usually not my thing (because the more carbs the better), but I loved the pasta, the creamy rich sauce and the tender chicken. Seriously good.

OliveriosAnd it was all quite tasty. I think, a lot of times, you can get a fairly mediocre Italian dish at so many restaurants in the area. But, there are few that really take the time to perfect a dish, go above and beyond with service AND make you feel like the experience overall was worthwhile. Oliverio's did that. My server even bagged up some fresh breadsticks for me to take with my leftovers.

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This restaurant has had plenty of experience with perfecting the, well, experience of dining out. I would definitely bring family here for a nice meal or use it as an excuse for a nice dinner outside of town.

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Grade: A
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