Blu Olive

17 Jun

italian food truck columbus

Cuisine: Italian

There are a lot of mom and pop food trucks out there but Blu Olive is a father-daughter operation run by Sarah and Steve Carmean.

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Sarah has just moved back from Cleveland after 15 years up north where she’s been working in esteemed kitchens at restaurants including The Flying Fig and Lucky’s Cafe. You’ll see the Cleveland influence in some of their ingredients such as fresh pasta from Ohio City Pasta. Steve’s background is in graphic design.

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At the moment they are keeping the menu short and simple. Their aim is to cook flavorful Italian food and serve homemade ice cream. Expect to find a couple of changing pasta dishes, some seasonal specials, and the addition of ice coffee to the menu as well. So far we’ve been impressed with everything we’ve tried but the stand-out dish has been the beet and ricotta ravioli with poppy seed butter. The beet flavor is surprisingly mild given the vibrant color of the filling and there’s a lovely sweetness that almost reminded me of sweetcorn. Great flavor and perfectly cooked.

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The meatballs with capellini were also satisfying (they are planning to switch the pasta to rigatoni) – nice tender pork and beef meatballs with a pleasant marinara and a-touch-softer-than al dente pasta. We also enjoyed the salads – it’s always nice to find healthy options at food trucks as well as behemoth burgers and fried food. The finely shaved fennel is a nice addition to the mesclun greens and the lemon and parsley dressing is citrusy without being acidic. The bean salad with roasted marinated tomatoes was refreshing and made for a nice side dish.

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We are looking forward to trying more of Sarah’s homemade ice cream. On our first visit we tried this gorgeous little float with vanilla ice cream, blood orange pellegrino soda and some raspberries.

sarah carmean ice cream

You can find Blu Olive this Monday at the Columbus Museum of Art at lunchtime and at St James Tavern in the evening. For future locations, keep an eye on their twitter or facebook updates. This is one of our favorite new trucks of 2012 and we encourage you to check them out.


7 Responses to “Blu Olive”

  1. Kat June 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Wow. I just had the pleasure of trying the beet and ricotta ravioli with poppy seed butter. This dish is extremely pleasing on the tastebuds. Just the right amount of sweetness combined with the creaminess of the butter make this one of the most fantastic of dishes I’ve ever tried.

  2. cindy August 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Very good…..the bean arugala salad showed a real chef’s touch. Yummmmmm.

  3. Christine January 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I had the beet and riccotta ravioli. While it was quite tasty, the portion should have been considered “sample size”. Everyone else that had ordered had similar responses. It wasn’t worth my $6

    • Christina March 15, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      I agree– It averaged out to more than a dollar per ravioli. Also, while it WAS tasty, it was really on par with ravioli’s that can be purchased in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores. Maybe their hearts lie in some of their other items on their menu (and thus the positive reviews), but clearly it was not in these raviolis. I felt cheated.

      By the way… My raviolis did not even HAVE the beets– they were just run of the mill cheese raviolis.

  4. enadolson May 29, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    We had this food truck out to our home in Granville for a graduation party 2 years ago and had such excellent service and feed back from our guests that we had the back again this year for our son’s graduation party.

    I can tell you that the service and quality of the food was not a fluke. Not only were both parties flawlessly executed by them but the food was consistently gourmet quality and well prepared and the service was prompt and so very professional.

    How did we know this was going to be the case? We actually found where this truck was going to be on Facebook BEFORE hiring them for the first party and drove to Columbus to check them out in incognito mode. We took our family to the truck.. didn’t tell the Blu Olive that we were thinking to hire them… checked out the service and ordered a variety of food and did a taste test right there. Obviously they did not disappoint and we hired theme for 3 events…. so far.

    I would venture to say that this truck is one of the best in all of Columbus… if not number one. They certainly are in our book! We actually had guest that said they missed our first party but heard so much about the food that they were not going to miss it the second time!

    Great job Blu Olive! Thanks for an excellent experience.


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