Restaurant Road Trip: Olives and Oil – Italian Cucina in New Haven, CT

olvies and oil new haven ct restaurant road trip

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This week on Restaurant Road Trip, Chef Plum is taking you on a culinary adventure to New Haven, CT. “Olives and Oil” is a trendy Italian cucina with handmade pasta, small plates and wine on tap.

Restaurant Road Trip with Chef Plum is presented by: Ergo Chef KnivesAsylum Distillery, and Go Nation.

Olives and Oil is the brainchild of Chef John Brennan. You might know Chef’s work from his other hot spot, Elm City Social.

We have 16 wines on draft, plus seven beers on tap. I like to call our cuisine “electric Italian!” Vintage throw back, everything from scratch.

In true Italian fashion… it’s all about “family” at Olives and Oil:

A lot of this food is based on stuff I grew up cooking with my mother and my grandmother. My mother is actually my Pastry Chef here. So we do fresh pasta, everything’s from scratch. We do small pizzas, Italian small plates, we have a crudo bar.

One of the feature dishes is rigatoni bolognese:

We do it here with strictly pigs, so I call it Three Little Pig Bolognese. It’s pulled pork, braised pancetta, and sauteed ground pork. This is like, really typical of Sunday morning at home with my mother. You know, wake up to the smell of braising pork.

Visit Olives and Oil and tell them Chef Plum sent you: 124 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510

Be sure to support the local businesses who make this show happen: Ergo Chef KnivesAsylum Distillery, and Go Nation. Do you have an idea for a place for us to visit on ‘Restaurant Road Trip?’ Visit us on Facebook to let us know, tweet Chef Plum, or email us.

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