I recently enjoyed a business dinner with a colleague at Ristorante Nuovo Olimpo in Brescia. The restaurant is situated in an ancient monastery dating back to the 1500's. Everything has be refurbished and brought up to today's standards for dining. Olimpo is also has a park and gardens that are meticulously cared for. There is even a small chapel where the monks once prayed.
Ristorante Olimpo is enormous, having a total seating capacity of 1,000 place settings! You can sit in one of the many dining areas on the first floor or out in an open-air terrace that is covered by a retractable roof and sides for inclement weather. I was concerned for the quality of food since Olimpo serves so many customers at any given time; however, everything was just fine with my meal this evening.
We decided to eat outdoors on the terrace where we were afforded excellent, attentive service from our Romanian waitress, Giulia. Tables were set with cloth tablecloths and napkins and several muted televisions broadcast the evening news. The dining area was noisy, though tables were situated as to afford adequate privacy for dinner conversation. After our meal order was taken, we were served complimentary tomato bruschetta and a plate of warm focaccia bread made in the pizza oven.
There is a very extensive menu with a fine selection of meat and seafood antipastos, primi (pasta course) and entree's. There is also a large selection of pizzas that seemed to be quite popular with other guests this evening.
I started my meal with a Seafood Salad for an antipasto. The portion was generous and the seafood was fresh and tasty. This was followed by the Olimpo Spaghetti; a large portion of spaghetti tossed with fresh tomatoes, mussels, clams, calamari, crab and langoustine shrimp. There was nothing special about the recipe as you can find the same in any restaurant serving seafood. I was anticipating something extra, but it wasn't there. The dish was tasty. That's all.
There were a few desserts made on the premises, while others were mass-produced at an off-site location. I had a rather small portion of Crème Caramel while my guest enjoyed fresh yogurt with an assortment of fresh berries. After dinner, we were provided with complimentary digestives (grappa and Limoncello).
Prices were reasonable with our meal, plus a 1/2 bottle of white wine, totaling 75 Euro. I was pleased with my dining experience and enjoyed the outdoor dining on an early summer's eve.
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