The Oliver, an epic five-star apartment experience in Calgary, is also a recently opened central hub for incredible Italian cuisine.
Opened last month, this huge space is home to five new food, drink and market concepts inspired by Italian culture.
There is an Italian market, lounge, Prosecco and coffee bar, pizzeria and a classy Italian restaurant.
The Oliver Building is located in the heart of Calgary at 524 10th Avenue SW, Calgary.
It’s basically an Italian food hall with a bit of everything.
Each place is connected to another, making it easy to jump from place to place if that’s what you feel like doing. It’s one of the best food tours in town, and it’s all inside four walls.
The culinary program was created by Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Gennaro, who uses Italian cuisine as a significant influence. As for the cocktail program, it was put together by Tiffanie Hensel, an award-winning mixologist.
We recently visited this impressive building and tried all the food and drink in each unique space. Each feels entirely their own, with different food and drink options, as well as experiments with the changing decor, lighting, music, and more.
Coffee Treno and Prosecco
With espresso style coffee and plenty of bubbles, this was the best place to start our visit to The Oliver.
Patrons of this exciting new café and bar can expect an excellent selection of traditional croissants, paninis, pastries and more, but created with a modern Italian influence.
We tried a croissant sandwich, stuffed with bacon, spinach and taleggio. It was fantastic and super nice on this lower level, with high ceilings, marble floors and walls, and comfortable seating. It was comfortable yet luxurious.
After our quick but lovely stop in Treno, we visited Luca Mercato, a modern and stylish Italian market space.
There were necessities and prepackaged meals in store to go select wines for sale here. Imported olive oils, pastas, snacks, Italian sodas, ready meals and more were found on shelves and inside fridges.
There’s also a butcher counter and deli for fresh baked goods, premium produce, high-quality Italian meats, and dairy, and that’s exactly where we headed.
We ordered a classic Italian sandwich with bologna freshly cut to order and topped with fresh vegetables. It was a great grab-and-go meal if you’re in a hurry or just want to treat yourself to a quick shopping spree.
Restaurant Luca is The Oliver’s new stylish Italian restaurant.
The menu is divided into starters, pasta dishes, salads, meats and seafood. Each dish has a modern take on a classic, elevating the food to something completely original.
Everything is homemade, the pasta is freshly prepared daily and the authentic ingredients will be imported directly from Italy. Even more exciting, the kitchen is completely open plan and in the middle of the room, so every seat feels like part of the action.
This bar has a fully welcoming atmosphere that feels elevated in style and relaxed. It is an ideal place to relax at the end of the day. Guests can expect classic and creative new cocktails, an impressive wine list and a rich, shareable menu.
Cozy booths and chairs give this place an ambience as if you are enjoying good food with friends in a beautiful living room of a summer residence. We shared charcuterie boards, lamb popsicles, lobster bruschetta, and other tasty dishes that we can’t wait to get back to.
The drinks were equally exciting, with cocktails you won’t find anywhere else in Calgary, like the cookie-based milk punch, or the Meta Caesar, built with tomato consommé ice cubes, Worcestershire ice cubes, scoops of celery ice cream, homemade clamato juice served as an accompaniment, garnished with a selection of homemade charcuterie and a wedge of lime.
Last but not least: the pizza.
Pazzi Pizzeria is a Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria with homemade dough and premium ingredients and toppings, all cooked in a wood-fired oven.
There will be nine unique pizzas on the menu here, which look like exciting twists on the traditional pies we know and love.
We tried the Northern Exposure pizza with tomato, fresh basil, fior di latte, Genoa salame and basil pesto. It was cooked perfectly with a wonderfully crispy and chewy batter.
We also had a four-bite pizza, a smaller, unique slice-shaped option that will be great for late bar stops. It was an aglio and olio pizza, a spicy piece made with garlic, olive oil, rosemary, chili peppers and grana padano.
Address: 524 10th Avenue SW, Calgary