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 70 ratings


Makdissi St., Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon


The word pizza, as it is currently spelled, was used to describe both sweet and salty pies in the Middle Ages, but took the form that we are now familiar with in pre-Renaissance Naples, a large city in central Italy.

It’s said that the pizza that made Naples world famous is the Pizza Margherita in Italian or Pizza Margarita to the rest of the world. A local man and the town baker called Esposito first baked it in 1889. He created the pizza in honor of a visit to Naples by the Queen of Italy, Queen Margherita which she loved, and what eventually became Pizza Margherita has since become an international standard. Neapolitan pizza is still widely regarded as the best in the world, probably because of the fresh ingredients available to Neapolitan pizzerias.

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57 Reviews for Olio Restaurant

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Elie M.

Elie M.   
 January 2, 2017
Le mall sefer 3al chmel B3ayit lal waiter bi choufne el manager Bi oum el manager bi rou7 3and el waiter w bi 2elo 3am bi 3aytoulak
Jana S.

Jana S.   
 August 25, 2016
Good pasta, average pizza
Farah S.

Farah S.   
 August 20, 2016
First experience was at the le mall branch and was good. Second experience was at the hamra branch and was horrible.. The waiters were practically waiting over us to finish to remove the items with the constant "are you done? Are you done?" we were two, and we ordered a qinioa salad and a goat cheese pizza. The salad was horrible and the pizza was good, however both of us suffered food poisoning afterwards.. Im never going back there and would never recommend it to anyone
Razzouk R.

Razzouk R.   Savvy Savvy
 May 7, 2016
Pizza not bad
Ahmad E.

Ahmad E.   Savvy Savvy
 December 25, 2015
Cozy Yummy food Amazing staff Great service
Murielle H.

Murielle H.   Savvy Savvy
 November 12, 2015
One of the best italian restaurants in town with a perfect service and great prices
Ahmad E.

Ahmad E.   Savvy Savvy
 August 19, 2015
Cozy seating and extremely friendly waiters. I am not so familiar with Italian food and pastas and the waiter was very patient and had no problem explaining the different things to me. Ended up ordering ravioli and a pasta that comes with shrimp, both if which were delicious.
Robert M.

Robert M.   Savvy Savvy
 July 10, 2015
Excellent italian restaurant!
Lanloun K.

Lanloun K.   Savvy Savvy
 June 3, 2015
The pizzas is super delicious but the pastas is not rich in sauce especially the carbonara ones. As for the sushi I like it so yummy.
Marwan S.

Marwan S.   Savvy Savvy
 December 29, 2014
I like this restaurant a lot. Very cozy, amazing food, great well picked staff. Its the best italian restaurant choice if you live nearby.
Tsar ..

Tsar ..   Expert Expert
 November 25, 2014
Nice cozy place, pasta is good prices are fair.
Life+is+miserable C.

 November 24, 2014
The food is tasty and the menu is big. You can find all your favorite italian platters. The appetizers are good in general and the quality of the food is exellent. Unfortanetly there is many problems. First it's difficult to find the restaurant. I think the owner was passioned by the game hide and seek because olio is in the best place to hide in hamra and last but not least the restaurant is very small. Finally olio is a very good restaurant and i encourage people to order olio at home.
Marwan+ S.

Marwan S.   Apprentice Apprentice
 October 25, 2014
The tastiest, one of the best italian restaurants in Lebanon. Amazing food, good seats, friendly and well trained staff. Definitely a good place to visit and revisit again and again :) would have been even way better if the prices were a bit less, but still its very worth it.
Sabine D.

Sabine D.   Apprentice Apprentice
 September 17, 2014
Best pizzas in town! A bit overpriced though..
Hannah D.

Hannah D.   Apprentice Apprentice
 September 16, 2014
Amazing pasta. A bit over-priced. They barely put any shrimps in the shrimp pasta though!
Asem A.

Asem A.   Savvy Savvy
 September 7, 2014
Very good place for Italian food. The pasta is great there.
Rita K.

Rita K.   
 August 2, 2014
A good Italian restaurant.The Pasta there is very good but unforrunately the pizza there is very oily...
Ram A.

Ram A.   Savvy Savvy
 July 28, 2014
Quiet area, good service. Over priced. Too much pesto , too much cherry tomatoes . Salmon pizza is good Soto sushi is not bas but overpriced as well
Marino M.

Marino M.   Savvy Savvy
 July 7, 2014
Bad experience. Over priced.
J Z.

J Z.   Savvy Savvy
 June 17, 2014
Truly one of my favorite Italian restaurants. Great pizza and even better pasta..never disappointed me. Highly recommended for anyone who values real Italian food, highly not recommended for anyone who doesn't know what real food is. Great services and prices are very reasonable due to their generous portions. Keep it up!
Walid N.

Walid N.   Savvy Savvy
 March 19, 2014
Average pizza. Value for money is poor
Maysaa Z.

Meso Z.   Savvy Savvy
 January 31, 2014
Their pizza is very good... The pasta portion is small.. Service is fine but should be better.. Olio is my second best Italian restaurant
Tarek T.

Tarek T.   Savvy Savvy
 January 5, 2014
At the restaurant the food is excellent but the delivery services are: 1 Very slow (up to 2 hours max.) 2 when u order sushi it's become a salade 3I order one time a pizza but incredibly it fell on the road and an another time the motorcycle wheel explode. Really bad delivery .
Nadim C.

Nadim C.   Savvy Savvy
 December 31, 2013
A really good service, a bit overpriced, but the food is great, and the service is very fast.
Sarah M.

Sarah M.   
 September 13, 2013
I'm still craving for the salmon pizza!! It's really good
Ziad O.

Ziad O.   Apprentice Apprentice
 September 13, 2013
Today was the first time I eat there. I tried the Linguine Alfredo, but it wasn't THAT delicious! It was all covered with tahini, which isn't good. And we tried the salmon pizza, which was amazing! And I'd definitely go back to try another thing! And not to mention that the service was really good!
Anonymous User

M N.   
 September 11, 2013
Very good
Muslimah M.

 August 19, 2013
Perfect perfect perfect pizza. No complaints at all
Georges D.

Georges D.   Savvy Savvy
 August 19, 2013
Heavenly delicious pizzas really recommended
Cherry P.

Cherry P.   Savvy Savvy
 August 13, 2013
They have one of the best pastas in lebanon delicious
Medawar J.

 August 5, 2013
A great food
Grace E.

Grace E.   Savvy Savvy
 August 5, 2013
I love their salads... Especially the one with fig jam...mouthwatering. Pizzas r excellent too.
Aya A.

Aya A.   
 August 5, 2013
The best pizza resto, loved it
Nicolas H.

Nicolas H.   Savvy Savvy
 June 18, 2013
Pros: Great food, calm and relaxing atmosphere, good service, friendly and helpful staff, best Italian restaurant in Beirut. Cons: Somewhat overpriced (Ex: 5,000 LBP for a can of coke). Recommendation : Linguini Alfredo.
Mayar I.

M. I.   
 June 16, 2013
Like the place as an ambiance but it turned out not my type ..
Thierry A.

 June 2, 2013
Amazing food. Love the pizza. Great service.
Kevin G.

Kevin G.   Savvy Savvy
 June 2, 2013
Great place,awesome food, but not an ambiance i wld be comfortable with
Nagham F.

Nagham F.   Savvy Savvy
 June 2, 2013
Delicious pizzas and pastas. Menu has a very wide choice of food. Nice place.
Nicolas H.

Nicolas H.   Savvy Savvy
 June 2, 2013
Pros: Great food, calm and relaxing atmosphere, good service, friendly and helpful staff, best Italian restaurant in Beirut. Cons: Somewhat overpriced (Ex: 5,000 LBP for a can of coke). Recommendation : Linguini Alfredo.
Jeffrey R.

 May 16, 2013
Good food, fresh ingredients. The house hot pepper olive oil is great and for sale. Could offer smaller salads as starters rather than meal salads only.
Anonymous User

 April 11, 2013
lovely restaurant one of best places:)
Sara A.

Sara A.   Apprentice Apprentice
 April 9, 2013
Nice place.nice food but they put lots of salt in the food.clean and good price.nice atmosphere and friendly people.they have great sushi
Jean-Baptiste G.

Jean-Baptiste G.   Savvy Savvy
 March 21, 2013
Shocked to see how people are fooled by the atmosphere. Food cannot be called "Italian" just because of the restaurant name..
Diana C.

Diana C.   
 February 23, 2013
Lovelyyyy pastaaaa ..♥♥
Chahwan A.

 January 28, 2013
Best italian restaurant in lebanon by far!
Sally Z.

 January 11, 2013
Nice and cozy. The food is yummy esp pizza
Anonymous User

 January 11, 2013
salads r awesome the Genovese pizza is 1 of a kind (pesto sauce) never go back to tomato again. gr8 value 4 money.a very wittty waitress in sine elfil branch!
Wissam A.

Wissam A.   Apprentice Apprentice
 January 6, 2013
Very nice and comfortable ambiance and place at Kaslik's branch, and delicious sushi!
Moh B.

Moh B.   
 September 30, 2012
Nice, tasty pizza. Bit expensive but worth it.
Anonymous User

 July 11, 2012
Great food but mushrooms are cold
Anonymous User

 June 4, 2012
One of the best places for Italian food, I have ever tried. Best futtocini Alfredo
Muri 1.

 May 26, 2012
vEry nice place great food ambiance prices
Wassim N.

 May 19, 2012
Good for a first date , no?
Hussein B.

 May 6, 2012
Amazing ... I have tasted the spinash ravioli in almost all the italian restaurants in beirut , olios was the best ... The taste was sooo good
Anthony E.

 April 5, 2012
The Hamra Branch in specific is definitely the best. Food is great. Staff is friendly and knowledgable. Prices are reasonable. Portions are perfect. Atmosphere is always pleasant. During my 15 years it's the Best Italian in Beirut by far.
Anonymous User

 February 6, 2012
great food and ambiance
Anonymous User

 February 5, 2012
Great italian food!!!really satisfies ur craving for pizza especially of u love pesto!! Very wide variety!!

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