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This mini-chain, formerly known as Pizza Paradiso, may have expanded from being a one-off Soho stalwart to a three-restaurant chain, but it still has enough individuality and charm to knock the socks off most of its chain rivals.

This small Southwark branch has the atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria (buzzy, with tightly packed tables and slightly frazzled staff), yet it’s the food that’s really authentic. Appealing seafood and meat mains prove there’s more to cheap Italian fare than pizza and pasta – though these are memorable too, with options going beyond (but including) the reliable favourites. Every neighbourhood should have one.

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Olivelli says
The Olivelli name has its roots in the distinctive Sicilian food culture. Rita and Enrico Olivelli opened their Bloomsbury restaurant in the '30s - a home-from-home for students at nearby drama school RADA as well as famous London theatre actors of the day. Legendary performers such as Mae West and Bob Hope also dropped by whenever they were in town for its famous warm welcome and unrivalled homemade pizza!

Sicilian-born brothers Giovanni and Salvatore Salamone bought the restaurant in 1993 - the first of their exclusive chain across the capital.

Olivelli Waterloo opened in 2000, minutes from the South Bank and cutting edge theatreland with historic Old Vic and Young Vic theatres nearby. It's a buzzy venue ideal for pre-theatre and post-theatre suppers, an espresso with friends on a Saturday morning or an early evening 'special'. Pavement seating is on offer, too.

Quality, fair priced, authentic regional dishes with seasonal, fresh ingredients sourced from certified sustainable producers. Homemade pizzas (including the award winning 'la campagnola'), pasta, regional meat and fish dishes and a wide range of delicious traditional desserts including the irresistible gelato. We also offer daily specials, as well as specially selected superior wines.
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Venue name: Olivelli
Address: 61 The Cut
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11.30am – Midnight
Transport: Tube: Southwark tube/Waterloo tube/rail.
Price: Main courses £7.95-£19.95.
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