At the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in the West end of Toronto near Pearson Airport, Olio presented their Summerlicious menu for the first time:
They offer $15 three course lunches and $25 for dinner.
(*Items I would recommend and/or order again)
The bread is baked fresh daily and delivered to Olio in the morning.
It's probably one of the best bread baskets I've had! The butter is melt-in-your-mouth smooth and creamy and they offer a variety of breads: multigrain, olive and rosemary bread and the large sesame crisps (all of them were delicious) and almost heavenly with the butter.
Olio caesar salad, parmesan and creamy garlic dressing
The salad was okay since you can never go wrong with Caesar Salad. The dressing had a sharp taste to it and there was a lot of cheese on top (almost like a cheesy dressing).
*Tomato and mozzarella salad with grilled red onion and herb olive oil
This was almost too pretty to eat! The colours were vibrant and bright and it just looked so nice. I thought it would be a simple caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella on top of thinly sliced tomatoes, but they took the traditional insalata caprese and jazzed it up with some greens, a mint leaf on top of each mozzarella and tomato combination, grilled onions and a deliciously sweet balsamic and olive oil mix. It was a mouth-watering appetizer. You've got to try this!
*Pan seared fillet of rainbow trout asparagus, fingerling potato & sweet pea coulis
Amazing and such good value! The fish was a big cut of boneless meat, perfectly flaky and very nicely seasoned. The surprise of the dish was the sweet pea coulis! It was absolutely amazing (and that's high praise from a girl who doesn't like peas)! It didn't taste like pea at all and I found that it really tied the potatoes, asparagus and fish together nicely. I can't forget to sing the praises of the asparagus and fingerling potatoes: perfectly grilled and cooked. Everything was PERFECT!
*Smoked chicken penne, sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and goat cheese cream sauce
What a huge plate of pasta! (and for $15??? Insane!) and it was enjoyable and very tasty. The goat cheese sauce was a little heavy and very creamy (but the waiter told us to expect that), the vegetables were fresh and the chicken was abundant. This dish just worked so well together with all the ingredients - this is what simple and delicious Italian food should be about!
*Warm wild blueberry and white chocolate bread pudding, rum caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream
Toasted on the outside and warm and the pudding was drenched in blueberry sauce inside. With the frosty vanilla ice cream and rum caramel sauce, you just can't go wrong with this dessert.
*Olio tiramisu, kahlua, mascarpone and chocolate shavings
One of the best I've eaten (even if it's not as great as Paese), but they taste very similar.
It had a strong coffee flavour (possibly from the kahlua), but it was a little mushy (maybe from being left out for too long). I'm a complete chocoholic so I loved the chocolate shavings.
Overall: Hands down, the best value of all the Summerlicious restaurants I've tried this year. 1) Absolutely stunning food: simple, perfectly executed and delicious. 2) Quick and fantastic service (the waiter gave great advice and was very attentive). 3) $15 for a three course lunch? AMAZING! You've got to try it here!