New little Italian Restaurant just opened in Settle under the shambles in the market square. The Olive room is tiny, approx 18 covers in the old stone arches of the cellar under the shambles, a beautifully atmospheric room and a tiny kitchen to match, but great food and service. The first thing that we noticed when passing was the fantastic smell, (we hadn’t planned to even try it today) it turned out to be meat balls browning on the tiny hob. Everything is homemade from pizza dough to dressings and ice cream, menu includes a good selection of inexpensive pizzas and pasta dishes, panini, soups and salads.
As we weren’t really planning to eat we just tried a coffee and the antipasto plate to share, including cheese, garlic bread, olives, onion balsamic relish, Parma ham, salami and melon, yummy….
UPDATE OLIVE ROOM TO REOPEN AS GUSTO!
After the closure of The Olive Room back in December 2009 I have an update! The Olive Room will be reborn as “Gusto” and opens on Wednesday the 17th February 2010. Philipa, Paul & Andy will be continuing the Italian theme with an Italian chef, a revised and more affordable menu and extensive wine list including Champagne’s. I’m already looking forward to trying it and watch here for a full review in the near future.