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.
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.