On Sunday evening I went out to have an authentic Italian meal at Olivetto restaurant in Adliya, Bahrain.
Being the start of the week here, it was a quiet affair which was much appreciated after my very eventful weekend.
The ambience was beautiful and the weather was lovely so I chose to sit outside in the terrace. The first thing that caught my eye were the most prettiest and smallest olive trees I had ever seen, which when I asked about them was shocked to hear that they were almost 700 years old!
I was greeted by their Fronthouse Manager who was describing their new soon to be unveiled menu. All dishes sounded amazing and as I enquired more about them, the restaurant chef, Masterchef Zanotti came over to give me some more information.
I’m not a fussy eater (well not too much) and was very happy for Chef to choose for me.
My starter comprised of a Veal Loin with blackberries, green pea puree and raspberry dressing with sour cream and thyme. It was the perfect starter. The veal was tender and the dressing and puree were divine.
Seeing as I had left it all up to chef, I was eager to see what he had next prepared for me, and to my utter amazement it was a dish that I almost always order at any Italian restaurant which was a risotto.
But this risotto is not any ordinary risotto. It was drizzled on top with a Beetroot and Pecorino cheese fondue, and wait for it…a Truffle sauce. Absolutely delicious! The serving was relatively generous compared to many other places and was extremely satisfying.
Soon after tucking into my plate full of delightful flavours, Chef Zanotti came over to ask if had liked my meals so far, I of course told him that I did and we soon started to chat over the ingredients he uses for his dishes. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Chef Zanotti personally chooses almost all his ingredients from different regional areas of Italy and is totally passionate about Italian cuisine.
Soon, it was time for my desert. Heaven on a plate is the only way to could describe it. Lime Cake, Fennel Gelatine, Marinated Orange and a Salty Chocolate Crumble. The flavours complimented each other so well with the perfect amount of sweetness. Wow!
I must say I was extremely impressed with the new menu, as there were so many other mouth watering dishes to choose from.
This new menu is designed to take you on a journey across Italy, I feel it’s beautifully conceived and can’t wait to continue my tour.