Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza arrives in Newton today, courtesy of the new Olivia’s Bistro, opening at 4 p.m. in Nonantum (136 Adams St.). With several familiar faces from Boston’s food and hospitality world involved, the restaurant brings a selection of Italian dishes to the neighborhood.
Olivia’s took over the space that previously housed Ginger Root, as previously reported. The owners are Dessy Rushe, who served as general manager at The Burren in Somerville’s Davis Square for 20 years, and Karl Roche, who also owns West Street Tavern in Newton and was previously involved with the Corrib Pub, which has locations in Brighton and West Roxbury. The duo partnered with chef John Hanlon, who comes to Olivia’s after five years at Michael Schlow’s Alta Strada.
In addition to Neapolitan pizzas made in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, Olivia’s Bistro will serve antipasti — including selections of meats, cheese, and vegetables — along with salads, mussels, and bruschetta. The main courses include chicken parm, grilled hanger steak, pan-roasted chicken, and braised lamb shank, and there are several pasta options, including a squid ink linguini. Pizzas range from the classic Margherita to a white pizza with several cheeses, a sausage version, one topped with prosciutto, and another with clams and white sauce.
On the beverage side, Olivia’s is serving craft beers on tap and a selection of cocktails. The bar is open Sunday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with restaurant service from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.