Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of innovative Mediterranean cuisine for $20 at Olivéa Restaurant. Olivéa's award-winning chefs serve dishes inspired by the cuisines of Spain, Italy, and Southern France in an elegant dining room with black furniture, sultry lighting, and warm earth tones, creating an atmosphere that is the scientifically-proven opposite of underwater bowling.
The menu is divided into four sections: charcuterie, starters and salads, flat breads, and entrees. Entrees include exotic mushroom gnocchi ($17), duck meatballs on creamy polenta and shaved pecorino ($18), and butternut squash–stuffed ravioli with brown butter and sage ($16). The house-made flatbreads are filled with flavors such as prosciutto with green olive and manchego ($8). 5280 Magazine recommends Olivéa's fried chickpeas with harissa aioli ($6) for starters: "Ordered with a glass of citrusy Con Class Verdejo or at the table as part of dinner, these tiny golden nuggets are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside." Many of the ingredients are locally sourced (Olivéa partners with several Colorado farms, including Granata Urban Farm), and a gluten-free menu is available by request. The wine list has a huge selection of bottles and more than 20 whites and reds by the glass.
Service is courteous and attentive, and Olivéa's staff is a top-notch crew of culinary masterminds. The chef has worked at restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and Paris, where he cooked under Guy Savoy at Bistrot de l'Etoile Niel. His wife, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, is the pastry chef at Olivéa and has just won Denver Magazine’s Pastry Chef of the Year award for 2009.
- Olivéa is the restaurant you want around the corner from your home—chef John Broening's food is great, owner Stephanie Bonin's wine list short and sweet, and the prices are eminently reasonable. – Wine and Spirits Magazine
Olivéa has a four-star rating on Yelp:
- Oh my God. I think this is what the person who made up the word "scrumptious" must have experienced before coming up with it. – Tiffany C., Yelp
- If high quality ingredients, flavorful combinations, and food inspired by French, Spanish, and Italian influences sound like something you would enjoy, Olivea is the perfect place for you. – Kyla A., Yelp
What You Did Not Know: Famous People Named Olivea
You may have noticed the game-changing spelling of Olivea restaurant. What you probably didn't know is that many famous entertainers were named Olivea at birth, but were later re-named by confused and ill-informed media outlets. Here are some important truths about famous Oliveas:
Olivea Newton-John: Almost did not land her famous role in Grease because producers mistakenly believed she was a centaur. In fact, she has been the ghost of a centaur since 1968.
Olivea de Havilland: This Gone With The Wind actress has not spoken to her sister, fellow actress Joan Fontaine, since 1975. She has, however, erected a giant telescope that allows her to track Fontaine’s every move and see into people’s souls.
Sir Laurence Olivea: In addition to acting and directing, Olivea’s diaries reveal that he frequently battled the Soggies to prevent them from prematurely dampening his cereal. His memoirs helped inspire cereal mascot Cap’n Crunch.
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