The Olive Press


The Olive Press is an Italian restaurant located in West Oakville. I went here for my first visit with my friend Anila. We had just finished up meeting with someone from Kijiji, so we decided to go for lunch after. We wanted something shareable, so ordering a pizza was the obvious choice. We also shared an appetizer.

Appetizer

The appetizer we had was the Crispy Polenta Bites ($10.95). I don’t think I’ve ever had polenta before, so I had no idea what to expect.

It did have rosemary fried within and you can taste hints of it. Parmesan was also sprinkled on top with a side of marinara for dipping. The polenta bites were crispy but not crackling crispy. Like mentioned, I’ve never had polenta before, so I can’t really judge on how it’s supposed to taste but it was like a textured tofu bite. It was good, slightly dry, so the marinara helped with that.

 

Pizza

For the pizza, we picked the Gorgonzola & Pear ($18.95). We opted for the dinner size, instead of having separate lunch sized ones, because of cost. When we asked about the size difference, the lunch sized pizza was not worth it for the price. The Gorgonzola & Pear pizza contains bacon, pear, red onion, walnuts, garlic, mozzarella, rosemary, and a balsamic drizzle. I’ve always liked the idea of pear or apple on a pizza because it adds some sweetness to a savoury dish.

The pizza was thin, slightly crispy and charred. I was slightly worried about the balsamic dressing because sometimes it might be too much of a vinegar and not work but the sweet hints of it accentuated the sweetness of the pear and toned down the acidity of the onion. It was great tasting pizza overall and definitely recommend it. Only wish it was a bit bigger.

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I wouldn’t mind going back to try one of their pasta dishes. For portion sizes, it is a bit pricier but it has quality taste. If you’ve been here, let me know your thoughts on this place.

 

– Synthia T.
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