(Uhh well actually…guess we just did.)
Jazzed up in our finery, we sauntered on over to Olives Restaurant in Vegas in October.
And as is the case for eye candies, we were appropriately seated at the window. The restaurant is deceptively large. But due to the low lighting, dark rich wood flooring and furniture, it was quite cozy.
Two hotsie totsies, satiated by a lovely dinner.^
You start off with a trio of in-house tepanades, which is served with assorted leavened and unleavened breads. Kells is not an Olive-holic as is I… so I got the trio to myself. Warning though: they’re salty!
We ordered the Truffled Risotto**, Olives Chicken Parmesan & Handcrafted Gnocchetti.
When we were here the previous year with our other friends, I ordered the magnificent Risotto. (I dreamed of this until I could experience it again. And heyyy this was my lucky night.) Oh my… perfectly al dente rice coated in lavish mushroom creamery. Amazing slight tang of parm and dotted with fine slices of funghi. Kells enjoyed it as well.
Last time, Kells ordered her go-to Butternut Squash Tortellini. I had a mere taste and it was delightful yums. Amaretto wishes and brown-butter dreams. But this evening, she branched out.
The Chicken Parm was served bone-in. Bold choice for a restaurant. (And we like that moxy.) But bone-in makes for a tender flavourful piece of meat. It was so tasty good, accompanied by roasted garden veg and taters.
The Gnocchetti was quite a lovely surprise. We figured that it’d be good. But not this fantastic! Rich, mouthy Bolognese sauce nestled inside sneaky grooves of pasta. I thought there was a hint of cinnamon. Kells surmised tarragon. Whatever the heck it was, it was molto bene. Excellent job, Olives team!
The portions are healthy. We didn’t finish. And yes, fair enough we ordered 3 entrées to split between the 2 of us… we felt so bad to say goodbye to the tasty morsels. They didn’t deserve to be let down like that. Poor lil guys patiently waited to get into our bellies… and instead got the rude awakening of the bin. (Not by choice, lil morsels, not by choice.)
Have you eaten here? What was your experience?
Or, have we enticed you to try it out?
The End Pieces
*we were in our twinsies floral cold shoulder get-ups from Torrid. And we were sporting our fantastic strappy black heels from Nine West.
** I’d have to say that this runs a close 2nd to the Crispy Kalbi roll (CKr) at Yellowtail.
^this is where our Blog Story began.
We contacted Olives twice for collabs but they didn’t respond. Imagine. Being too busy to respond to N&K?! As busy as Yellowtail is, they responded when we reached out.