THE DISH: Olive's Oven and Grill

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Olive’s Oven and Grill

1386 Indian Trail-Lilburn Road, Suite 300, Norcross



Open since: May 2009


• Cajun club salad — Romaine lettuce, chicken, feta cheese, calamata olives, tomato and cucumbers, $7

• Buffalo wrap — Wrap with fried chicken, romaine, tomato, ranch and buffalo sauce served with a salad or fries, $6.75

• Pesto chicken panini — Grilled chicken, peppers, provolone cheese and pesto mayonnaise served on homemade focaccia bread along with a salad or fries, $6.75

• The Cardiologist Favorite — Pizza topped with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and ham, $9 for a 10-inch, $13.50 for a 12-inch and $15.95 for a 16-inch

Location: Olive’s Oven and Grill is near Meadowcreek Elementary, just off Indian Trail-Lilburn Road on Georgia Belle Court.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays

Owner: Olive’s Oven and Grill is chef owned and operated. Dunwoody resident Lam Rarbaje, a native of Morocco, has worked in the restaurant industry for almost three decades.

Atmosphere: Rarbaje said Olive’s is a popular choice for the lunch crowds in the area.

The small cafe offers booth and table seating. Customers should check out the beginnings of a mural on the far right wall from the entrance. Rarbaje said the custom mural, created by one of his friends who is an artist, will be finished soon.

Menu: While pizza is certainly on the menu, Olive’s Oven and Grill is more than a pizzeria. The restaurant offers made-from-scratch Italian and American cuisine with the most popular selections falling under the categories of paninis and wraps.

The Olive’s panini is a popular menu item, made with grilled chicken, pepperoni, provolone cheese and marinara sauce on homemade focaccia bread, which Rarbaje said is a big draw. The most popular wrap is the Greek wrap made with grilled chicken instead of gyro meat, along with romaine lettuce, feta cheese, calamata olives and Caesar dressing.

The Good Old Boy is another popular menu selection. The 1⁄2-pound burger is topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red onion and mayonnaise and served with a salad or fries.

Popular entrees include the lasagna — layers of pasta stuffed with beef and ricotta, romano and mozzarella cheeses baked in a marinara sauce — and the baked shells — shells stuffed with ricotta and romano cheeses baked with mozzarella and marinara sauce. Both dishes are served with a salad and garlic bread.

Olive’s offers 11 specialty pizzas, from the bacon cheese burger — pizza topped with bacon, ground chuck and cheddar cheese — to the spanakopita — toppings include spinach, feta, mozzarella and romano cheeses.

Olive’s specials change every three months to coincide with the current season.

Summer specials include the Sicilian chicken flatbread made with grilled chicken, roasted eggplant, roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The Olive’s burger is also a summer special. The 1⁄2-pound burger is topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled red onions and chipotle mayonnaise.

A lunch pizza combo is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for customers dining in and include a slice of pizza, a small salad and a drink for $5.50.

Olive’s serves sodas, tea and water. During the winter, the beverage offerings are expanded to include cappuccinos, lattes and mochas.

Things you might not know: Rarbaje uses what he calls the best cheese available — Grande cheese — in all his dishes. “Even if we don’t make a lot of money, we use the best products,” he said. “That’s just the way I am.”