Where Happiness is Homemade
by Courtney McEwen
Vincent Van Gogh once said, “What is done in love is done well.” Oliva Italian Eatery in Keller truly embodies these timeless words. From their first conversation to the restaurant’s present day popularity, Justin and Cynthia Loeb have included one consistent ingredient – love. With decades of distinguished experience in the food, wine, service, and hospitality industries, the concept of opening a family restaurant with generations-old recipes was a natural one. Cynthia says their mission from the very first day has been to create a home away from home for their customers. Mission accomplished!
There’s an infectious joy present, a welcoming atmosphere with an undeniable aroma of home in the air.
Upon entering, there’s an infectious joy present, a welcoming atmosphere with an undeniable aroma of home in the air. Perusing the menu, you’ll find affordable gourmet dishes from Lobster Ravioli to numerous gluten-free options. Each is prepared with the freshest ingredients that result in a celebration of your senses. I, quite literally, could’ve consumed the entire pot of Minestrone soup, but it was my first visit – I’ll save it for my second. The Mediterranean salad was also delightful, so enjoyable that it may have ruined me for all future greens. The basket of homemade bread sang proudly my life’s mantra, “No bread left behind”. Slices of such warm goodness could bring a man to his knees and as a complement to Justin’s family recipe, Chicken Florentine, it is incomparable.
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