After enjoying the sun setting with the wonderful Tuscan landscape as a foreground we headed to the restaurant of the hotel, Oliviera. Just like La Suvera, this place has a past, in fact the restaurant is set in an old olive oil mill and you can still admire the antique machinery inside. With a cozy fireplace and impressive chandeliers Oliviera is the perfect setting for a romantic candle dinner. Here you will explore Tuscan specialties accompanied by an excellent selection of wines that defines this iconic Italian region. Influenced by the Tuscan territory, the restaurant’s chef, Giovanni D’ecclesiis, has created a menu where he brings local quality products into dishes with a modern twist. Included in the Michelin Guide 2017 you can be guaranteed the high quality of the food and the authentic flavors sourced in the local surroundings while respecting the seasonality.
Dinner at Oliviera – restaurant with Tuscan cuisine
As starters I had king scallops with Jerusalem artichokes. I love scallops and these were from the coast whereas the Jerusalem artichokes from the inland’s of Tuscany. Francesco opted for a crunchy egg with blue cheese, shiitake mushrooms, Tuscan bacon and black truffle which he found to be very tasty. The Tuscan cuisine is very meat oriented, however as I don’t eat meat I had no difficulties finding the perfect dish as a main course. Lentils and quinoa, apple chutney and potato foam with saffron, a pure culinary delight for my taste buds. Oliviera is a vegetarian friendly restaurant, if you find a dish you would like to have as a vegetarian alternative they do their best to create a vegetarian alternative. Francesco had a sirloin beef (Tagliata Toscana) served with grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes.Tagliata Toscana is a common traditional Tuscan steak, grilled over a wood or charcoal fire. Tagliata means cut and a tagliata Toscana is prepared by slicing the meat just after it has been grilled and reached the preferable temperature.
We accompanied our dinner with a glass of a fine Bolgheri DOC red wine, a Sangiovese based wine from Tuscany. Bolgheri is a region, south of Livorno, a city in the western part of Tuscany. The excellent taste of these Sangiovese grapes are much thanks to the sea breeze, as the vineyards are set on the hillside along the coast area. With its fruity taste the Bolgheri wine goes very well with a steak.
Breakfast at Oliviera
In the morning the very next day we returned to Oliviera where an impressive breakfast buffet was waiting for us. Filled with Tuscan specialties but also everything that would please guests who prefer a traditional or English breakfast. As I’m a big admirer of the Italian cuisine I was over delighted to find delicious home-made cakes and tarts, organic jams and marmalade, tasty Tuscan pecorini cheese, fresh Ricotta cheese, charcuterie and fresh fruit according to the season. Warm beverage such as tea, hot chocolate and of course the typical cappuccino was included in the breakfast and so was fresh juice. The breakfast can be enjoyed either in the charming terrace surrounded by lush flowers or inside. To enjoy the very last summer days we settled in the terrace with the warming morning sun as company.
Both the dinner and the breakfast was beyond our expectations. The setting of the restaurant itself is simply extraordinary and the ancient artifacts left from that period reminds you about its history which adds a unique feeling to the overall atmosphere. Waiters were very service minded and kindly gave us suggestions when we were in doubt for a dish and even made some modifications. If you will be staying at La Suvera we can definitely recommend a gourmet dinner at Oliviera to complete your visit with all your senses.
Oliviera – via La Suvera, 53031 PIEVESCOLA