Owners Stev George and Deanna Harrington opened Olivea in 2008 and for the past decade their team of amazing staff have worked together to create a warm and welcoming restaurant serving delicious and authentic Italian food. Each year they take a group of the staff to Italy to learn more about Italian food, wine and culture so that they can enhance your experience when you dine at Olivea.
Olivea is a family-run Italian trattoria serving traditional and contemporary Italian fare. We are known for our fresh pasta, sauces and ragùs which are all made by our talented chefs. In addition to our mouth-watering pastas, we serve fantastic antipasti boards with local and Italian salami, prosciutto and cheeses, grilled squid, arancine, panelle, wonderful salads, steaks from Enright Cattle Co., fresh sustainable seafood and house made desserts.
From May to October our street-side patio on Kingston’s Market Square is a perfect spot for eating, drinking and people-watching. We feature live jazz on Tuesday nights all year, and Pasta Sunday from October to April. We also host events like our popular “Dinner and a Movie” and “New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch”. Check our Events page for more details.
Events At Olivea
We have a team of over 15 kitchen staff who work behind the scenes to create the wonderful food at Olivea.
The success of the kitchen at Olivea relies on the skill and leadership of our three main chefs:
Cici worked her way up through the ranks to become our head chef. She is responsible for all the cooks and food that comes out of the kitchen. She is a born leader and excellent chef, able to put out the finest food and direct her staff with ease and a calm presence.
Matt has been with us since we opened in 2008. He is a naturally gifted cook, creating many of our soups, pasta fillings, the famous porchetta, braises and charcuterie. His passion is meat butchery and cookery. You can taste it in our food.
Conner is a powerhouse of energy. She runs the kitchen during the day preparing delicious lunch features as well as all the main building blocks for the whole day – the stocks, sauces, and elements that go into our menu. Her work is vital for the success and smooth functioning of the kitchen.