The Oliv Pit: Boca Raton's New Mediterranean Restaurant
The Oliv Pit is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Boca Raton, FL that has the same name as before, but it has been completely transformed itself within. The chef, management, and restaurant decor has been completely renovated. The pit of this new "Oliv" is open and ready to share its changes with the residents and visitors in the Boca Raton region. My husband and I did not have the opportunity to dine at the initial restaurant, but we made sure to stop by on the second night of the Oliv Pit's grand reopening.
The restaurant is intimate, and has a quaint European ambiance. The restaurant's wood beams, white walls with kitchen utensils, and boutique setting makes you feel like the Oliv Pit family invited you over for a home cooked meal. It also has outdoor seating in the back of the restaurant to allow the guests to enjoy the Florida weather.
The staff and management team are incredibly friendly. Make sure that you ask for Kathryn or Brittany to be your server. They are both such genuinely nice ladies and do a great job of making sure that they do their best to ensure that you have a great experience. David, one of the members on the management team also makes sure that each table is happy. As a new restaurant, I saw them host large groups and small groups back to back without any hiccups. I could definitely tell that the staff members are very seasoned.
The Oliv Pit caters to an authentic Mediterranean palate. It also offers vegan, gluten-free, and paleo friendly options. So, there is definitely a dish to meet almost any diet restriction possible. For our appetizers we had the Trio Spread (picture above) and the Fried Calamari (picture below). The Trio Spread has to be my most unique sides experience that I have had with pita bread. I've been to many Mediterranean restaurants in my day and the pita bread is usually served with hummus or Tzatziki. However, at the Oliv Pit, the Trio Spread can come with any 3 spreads: Fava, Tzatziki, Tahini, or Paprika. It was nice to have the option to dip, taste, and figure out which one I preferred. I liked the Tzatziki and Paprika dip the best.
The Fried Calamari was served with tartar sauce, lemon, and parsley. It was prepared differently than we are used to seeing it in most Mediterranean restaurants. It's lightly battered and it is definitely a healthier version than I'm used to being served. Unfortunately, I prefer the traditional deep fried calamari over the Oliv Pit's version. I think that if you like grilled calamari, this may be a dish that you may like.
For our main entree, I ordered the Grilled Prawns (picture to the left) and a green salad (picture below) and my husband ordered the Grilled Whole Bronzino . The Grilled Prawns were nicely sized and and had a delicate meat within. All of the main dishes are served with a side option of fries, steamed string beans, jasmine rice, lemon potatoes, and green salad. I chose the green salad (picture below).
My husband's Grilled Whole Bronzino was served with lemon capers, vinaigrette, and parsely. It was brought to the table and filleted by one of the staff members. Seeing David, one of the members of the management team, filet the fish piece by piece and somehow make it look beautiful again is an experience that adds to the meal. I am always going to be honest with you, it wasn't my favorite Bronzino. However, my husband seemed to enjoy it.
Extra information: We did not try the dessert, but The Oliv Pit offers Baklava, Chocolate Ferrero Cake , Greek Yogurt, and Orange Cake. So, you should definitely let me know what you think of the desserts.
Would I recommend it: I am honestly not sure. The restaurant is still in the beginning stages, so maybe things will change. The ambiance and staff are in place. I'm just not ready to rave about the food yet.
The Oliv Pit
6006 SW 18th Street - 6B, Boca Raton, FL 33433