About Olio Pizzeria
Olio Pizzeria, opened in July 2010, is a causal pizza bar/salumi bar/wine bar/full bar which was inspired by the myriad neighborhood pizzerie and enoteche (wine bars) found around the corner from just about every piazza in Italy. This idea began to take shape before Alberto and Elaine Morello even opened Olio e Limone Ristorante, their fine dining Italian restaurant next door, in 1999. Wine bars serving boutique salumi and formaggi are all the rage in Italy, as is a new regionalism which they are excited to share with you. Sicily is an emerging powerhouse, and touches of Sicilian food and wine delight their guests. You’ll also find exciting tastes from Campania and other emerging regions on their menus, wine and beer lists. Join Olio Pizzeria for private dining for up to 32, group dining, or send an inquiry regarding catering. Buon appetito!
Pizzeria, Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Brunch & Lunch
Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(805) 899-2699 ext. 2
Contact our Events Coordinator to plan your next catered event. Our pizzaioli (pizza cooks) will make Olio Pizzeria pizzas in your own outdoor wood-burning oven! Antipasti, salads, salumi, formaggi, dolci and more available as well.
Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr).
After 6PM and all day Sunday, there is free street parking on Victoria Street in the green curb areas.
Alternate parking available at the Granada Garage (Anacapa x E. Anapamu Streets) and Teen Center lot (Chapala x W. Victoria Streets).
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining at Olio Pizzeria for up to 22 guests in the Terrazza Room and for up to 32 guests in the Taverna Room. Inquire at http://www.oliopizzeria.com/privategroup-dining/.
Fine Italian private dining for up to 40 guests in the Cucina Room next door at sister restaurant Olio e Limone Ristorante.
Private Party Contact:
Events Coordinator: 8058992699x3
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Olio Pizzeria Ratings and Reviews
We went to OP with the intention of havi ...
We went to OP with the intention of having a small meal before attending a local concert. We started with drinks at the bar and especially commend the bartenders not only for their expertise in mixology but their easy manner with their customers! Our meal was a pizza, prepared very nicely, prefaced with baked artichoke hearts. Unfortunately, the hearts came with an unexpected human hair accoutrement. We brought this to the attention of our server who, very professionally, recognized it immediately, apologized, offered a replacement and, in lieu of that, an adjustment to our bill. Even with this slight inconvenience, we found OP a definite place to which we will return regularly and recommend it highly to fellow Open Table members.
Best pizza in town, the "Umbra" is a spe ...
Best pizza in town, the "Umbra" is a special treat with black truffles...most authentic Italian food you'll find! One of the very few places to serve rapini (a bitter green in the broccoli family) - one of my favorite foods. Take it from a food snob - you won't be disappointed with anything on their menu.
This is the second time we have been in ...
This is the second time we have been in Santa Barbara and the second for Olio. There's no disappointment in this little gem. The place is always vibrant and the food is exactly what you want for casual Italian dining. Staff is attentive, fun and if you like, a little sassy in a nice way. The wine list is just a nice size with a perfect selection of treats to tempt you. The GM even stopped by to say hello. Make a reservation and put Olio pizzeria on your list. You won't regret it .
This a great spot. Love the food that i ...
This a great spot. Love the food that is very creative in a casual atmosphere. Relax and enjoy.
Our waiter, Alessio, was great. The pizz ...
Our waiter, Alessio, was great. The pizza was amazing. Love this place!
Solid gourmet pizzeria
No real complaints about the place. Food, service, and prices were all on point without being either remarkable or disappointing. I would definitely recommend this as a reasonably-priced spot to take a date or family for dinner when on State Street for the night!
Tasty and a bit chilly
We paired a fun pizza combo of mozzarella, parmesan and pancetta on a tasty thin artisanal crust along with a chopped antipasto salad. We also enjoyed a bottle of Italian red wine. On the downside we were seated next to the patio door which constantly welcomed gusts of cold, damp air. Also, it is loud and crowded- not good for low level conversations at all.
I had the gluten free pizza - it was jus ...
I had the gluten free pizza - it was just ok. Certainly not worth $5 extra.
Our favorite pizza place. The best crust ...
Our favorite pizza place. The best crust. Great flavor and love the extra cup of oregano and crushed red pepper. Great wine choices. Love for lunch with friends.
Good food and wine was excellent, but th ...
Good food and wine was excellent, but the service was just okay. Our waitress only checked on us twice throughout the meal and my husband even asked our friends once, "Have you seen the waitress lately?" His drink had run dry. An otherwise perfect experience!
Excellent, authentic Italian cuisine. L ...
Excellent, authentic Italian cuisine. Lively atmosphere and great choices of beers and wines. Staff is attentive and service is very good.
The Noise Level is Insane!
The food is very good. However, I've just about had it with the noise level. It is the noisiest restaurant I have ever been in, bar none. In some areas of the place it is almost impossible to carry on a conversation across a small table. I have eaten here several times and it's ok at lunch but in the evening, the noise makes it impossible to have a relaxing, convivial dinner. The noise is the result of ordinary conversations conducted at ordinary levels, not music. Over time, people are just going to stop going there if this situation isn't corrected somehow.
Great Italian style pizza. Thin crust, c ...
Great Italian style pizza. Thin crust, cooked right. Umbra was yummy though I prefer with a little marinara, which they were happy to bring to the table.
Don't dine upstairs!
Love the atmosphere of this place, the lively, energetic vibe.... that is unless they seat you upstairs. It is deadly dull. Despite making a reservation a week in advance we were told there was nothing available on the main floor and quickly hustled upstairs to the attic-like space..... where only one other unlucky party was dining the entire night. It is not a very inviting, invigorating space to say the least. On top of that, the server seemed to be in a rush to get us out of there. Definitely not the typical enjoyable dining experience we've come to enjoy here.
Great gourmet pizza
Delicious as always...great appetizers, gourmet pizza and all around authentic Italian flavors & preparation
Great pizza, the best seafood pizza ever found in US, really outstanding place and food.
Midiocre food nothing special
Pizzas we ordered were midiocre and octopus appetizer was fishy. Red wind I ordered was cold and crape I ordered was only split of Nutella with nothing else on it, but they charge $9 for that. Service was ok. I would not go back. This place is not Itlaian restaurant enough and I think they are way too expensive.
Great food and service. They were accomm ...
Great food and service. They were accommodating to a party of 8 last minute. Loved every bit of the experience. Glad we came.
Excellent every time. The best pie in town, and that butter scotch pudding is a dream come true...ammmmmazing!
Best Pizza Crust Ever!
My wife and I found this restaurant last December and now whenever we visit Santa Barbara we make sure it is on our list of "must go" eating establishments. They have excellent salads and the pizza has the BEST crust I have ever had. Our personal favorite is the "Diavola pizza." YUM! It's a little noisier than I like for dinner, but it is a great venue for lunch.
We've come back several times since moving to Santa Barbara and the flavor, quality and consistency of the pizza and salads is fantastic...about as authentic as you can get! Their wine selection for the type of food served is easy & affordable.
Great service, we were seated immediately upon arriving for our reservation and the food was terrific.
The ambiance and the service were great. ...
The ambiance and the service were great. The pizza was really good!
We have been to Olio many times and the pizza is always good. This time tried the carbonara pizza and it was especially great! Normally get the tropea pizza and that is our favorite. The classic bruschetta and squid ink calamari are our favorite appetizers. Highly recommended!
Expensive and poor quality
We had the Calamari al nero, two pizzas and three beers and the bill came to over 80 dollars. The quality of the food was low, the buffalo mozarella pizza was suppose to have 'fresh buffalo mozzarella', but whatever cheese it came on it certainly was not 'fresh buffalo mozzarella'. The calamari al nero just tasted of deep-fried, there was no taste of the cuttlefish whatsoever. We will not be returning.
Not your average pizza joint
If you're looking for a typical pizza place, this is not where you should go. Their pizzas have unusual topping combinations, but they ARE delicious. they also have wonderful salads & appetizers.
I was in the mood for something other than pizza so I tried the fried cauliflower with aioli to start followed by the rotolo di spinaci e fontine. Both were GREAT! The rotolo absolutely melted in my mouth. One of the best pasta dishes I have had ever. (And that's saying a lot since I love Italian food!) Also they have Amorone by the glass which is hard to find. Wonderful, wonderful dinner. Can't wait to go back.
The Pizza was some of the best! Don't dr ...
The Pizza was some of the best! Don't drink the water!
Great Go-to Restaurant
The food and service is great at this restaurant. It's a nice place to take vistors too. The tables are a bit close together and you can readily hear the conversation at the next table without trying.
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