A little less than a month after its opening, Olivia celebrates its entry into the gourmet world with an open day primarily dedicated to journalists and bloggers to mark the start of Biennale Enogastronomica. Panizzi just had to be there: for the occasion, Walter Sovran, our winemaker, brought the perfect wine to match the quality of Olivia's street food fried in olive oil. We are talking about Vernaccia di San Gimignano Vigna Santa Margherita, the best one, according to Walter, for structure and acidity.
What can you eat at Olivia?
Olivia's mission is clear and special: it offers a menu dominated by street food fried in extra virgin olive oil, but twisted the gourmet way by an exceptional chef: Simone Cipriani, a promising young Tuscan cuisine chef that, thanks to his creativity, enhanced Olivia's food's most characteristic featres giving even more dignity to Tuscan traditional cuisine.
We tasted garlic bread to start, followed by beef meatballs made of La Granda meat, Slow Food presidium. Then it was the turn of pappa donuts, savory puffs with a heart of pappa al pomodoro (tomato sauce), and fried ravioli, each course accompanied by special sauces, made of seasonal vegetables or cheese.
And the oil? Strictly coming from Frantoio Santa Tea, Gonnelli family, active in the production of extra virgin olive oil since 1585.
Which Vernaccia di San Gimignano?
Walter presented a double choice: Vigna Santa Margherita 2014 and 2013. This Panizzi Vernaccia, for structure and acidity, for its floral and fruity notes, is best suited to accompany food fried in olive oil. As for the vintages, the 2014 was interesting because of his energetic touch, and the 2013 confirmed itself as incomparable.
What is special about Olivia?
Besides the optimally designed gastronomy project, the location of the restaurant, right in front of Pitti Palace in the heart of the most authentic part of Florence, the first part of the city to grow and develop, and furnishings are the result of a specific project. Nothing is left to chance: the furnishings are custom made to accommodate the products on display, the colors alternate beige to olive green, also used in the furniture, tables and lamps are the work of young interior designers that enhance the history of Gonnelli family: a table uses an ancient millstone used for pressing oil, another one is the result of the restoration of old wooden boards in use in the mill, some chandeliers are made with the old nets for the collection of the olives.