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Tag: Olympia


Sandwiches and salads built to inspire

Big taste at Little Roni’s: Forward-thinking food and people-watching highlight lunch experience.

Susan Parker (left) and Daisy Curley enjoy a mid-week lunch at Little Roni’s Sandwich Shop in downtown Olympia. (STEVE BLOOM/staff photographer)

By Craig Sailor
Staff writer

Little Roni’s makes sandwiches. Not Reubens, BLTs or Philly cheese steaks, but versions of familiar food assembled in ways you might never have thought of.

Focusing on craft, freshness and flavor – and most of all creativity – the sandwiches here are unlike anything you can find elsewhere in South Sound. From the fresh, artisan bread to the homemade ingredients, thought and care goes into the creation and execution of every item on the menu.

Little Roni’s occupies a corner spot at Franklin Street and Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia. The space is long and narrow, like a New York deli. But architect Ruben Nunez has taken what could have been a hole in the wall and made it in to a stylish, modern space that feels spacious. Unique plywood stools converse with particle board paneling that covers walls and table tops.
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An authentic Italian escape


By Craig Sailor
The News Tribune

“Authentic” is a word thrown around the foreign restaurant scene with abandon. It lures diners in with the promise of being transported to a faraway land where they rub elbows with locals fresh from a National Geographic photo shoot.

But too much authentic and diners flee for the Americanized safety of Olive Garden and Panda Express.

Authentic, however, is what Olympia’s Basilico Ristorante Italiano is – with just a couple of additions.
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