Olive a Cena


Olive a Cena… fantastic dinner !!!

As promised here is the continuation of Weekend in Viareggio post where we tell our “taste experience” in this Tuscan town by the sea.

A colors and flavors explosion accompanied us from the beginning to the end.

If you missed the first part (you can find it here) below are some details to better understand Olive a Cena atmosphere and style.


ambiente sala

Chose a corner table with inside and outside view, we drank as aperitif a Millesimato Doc with a traditional cuisine entrees, Pappa al pomodoro.

Colorful and tasty, we tried it once (and finished quickly)… simple but perfect to whet your appetite.


Real dinner started with an appetizer crispy octopus with its sauce and mashed potatoes, a classic very well presented and balanced flavors. The restriction obtained from cooking well mixed with potatoes cream, more delicate, and octopus crunchiness completes the whole.


We chose Prosecco for this dinner, because we prefer sparkling wine, but depends on each.

Continuing with second appetizer, very scenic in presentation on marble tile.

It’s codfish with leeks, olives and crumble made by emptying leeks and using shell to contain cod. Pulp was extracted in quenelle served in two different ways (boiled and sauteed) and accompanied by the crumble. A soft but well defined taste, made stronger by olive paste, and a velvety texture.


After this excellent outset we are inside the menu, with first course, Maltagliati with pumpkin cream, thyme and mussels.

This colorful dish gave off a scent of thyme, which we loved, and match with mussels was perfect. It seemed almost a painting…


Instead second was a croaker with salt ricotta, ginger water and carrots, another blaze of autumn colors.

Fish cooking was great and association with cheese and spicy ginger flavor gave sprint to this soft dish.


We complete dinner with chocolate, elderberry and coffee parfait, perfect at the end.

Delicate and creamy, right sweetened to be lighter, with these pleasant notes of elderflower.


We were really pampered because everything was well-kept and excellent quality.

In addition, we noted with pleasure that some dishes have been created specifically for vegans, offering a quality choice to those who have different tastes or just to try something different.

We haven’t tasted them, but We saw a “Quinoa with vegetables” aesthetically beautiful (unfortunately we couldn’t photograph it) that a customer has very enjoyed.

Last but not least, a temptation with Zacapa Rum, chocolate chips and orange slices.


What else… relaxing and enjoyable evening, great food, good service and very nice owners.

If you go to Viareggio for pleasure or business, or you’re nearby, worth a stop at Olive a Cena to enjoy something tasty.

Daniele, Carlos and all Staff will surprise you surely as they did with us 🙂

A special thanks to Chef Pietro Vairo who took care of us.

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