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The Green Olive - Federal Hill

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The Green Olive - Federal Hill

Slippery | Sep 1, 2004 01:04 PM

After walking by The Green Olive on Cross Street in Federal Hill and noticing that it is open (apparently 3 or 4 weeks), we tried it out this week and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. It has a Spanish inspired menu with a sampling of tapas in the $5-$10 range and entrees in the $18-$25 arena, the wine list is moderately priced with selections from Spain, Italy, and the U.S. Thin slices of tasty rustic bread are served with an olive oil to start off the meal. We had a delicious appetizer special of figs wrapped in Prosciutto ham served with cheese and a caper berry. An entree of roasted chicken served over creamy polenta (almost too rich) with a spicy Ratatouille was also really good. The only dissappointment was an appetizer that we thought would be like a traditional bruschetta but instead turned out to be thick slices of bread brushed with an olive oil and fresh tomato juice mixture, weird and without a lot of taste - the free bread on the table was much better than this plate. Service was competent. Decor is sleek and modern with muted colors of green and red, along with exposed bricks, making the dining area warmer and cozier than most trendy type atmospheres. A welcome addition to the Federal Hill dining scene, I'll be back.

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