A Good Move
Olivia's same mouth-watering mix of Moroccan and Italian dishes in new location
For those who were worried when Oliva moved out of New Preston after 17 years, worry no more. Their new location in Bethlehem is ideal and the food is better than ever. Unlike the former space with its various rooms and levels, the new space is housed in one of Bethlehem’s oldest buildings and features a proper, well-lit entrance with room to stand while waiting for a table. The original tin ceiling has been left intact; mirrored sconces, striped shades, and white tablecloths add to the feeling of having entered a comfortable farmhouse.
The menu is much the same as before, with its eclectic mix of Moroccan and Italian dishes. Start the meal with two simple but delicious appetizers: freshly made hummus with wedges of crisp pita bread and the standout flatbread pizza with fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Among the specials the night we were there was a hearty veal stew with mushrooms and a generous helping of mashed sweet potatoes. The wild haddock with garlic, ginger, capers, fresh tomato, leeks, cilantro, and lemon is a winner. No meal is complete without dessert and Oliva does a stellar job with chocolate lava cake with coconut ice cream—big enough for two to share.
Oliva on Main
15 Main St. Bethlehem