Twisted Olive, which opened less than three years ago in Green, is among the country’s “Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America” for 2017, according to a survey compiled by online reservation site Open Table.
Open Table said Thursday that Twisted Olive (pictured above) is one of nine Ohio eateries to make the list. It joints two other Northeast Ohio spots in the Top 100: Greenhouse Tavern and Lola, both in Cleveland.
The other Ohio eateries on the list are Columbus eateries: The Avenue Steak Tavern, Forno Kitchen and Bar and The Pearl and Cincinnati spots E+O Kitchen, Mita’s and Nada.
The list is generated from more than 10 million OpenTable diner reviews collected between Feb. 1, 2016 and January 31 of this year.
Open Table says it first created a list of “qualifying restaurants” comprised of all reviewed restaurants that met thresholds for a minimum overall score and number of reviews.
The “qualifying restaurants” were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “hot spot” was selected as a special feature.
The complete list is at www.opentable.com/m/diners-picks-hot-spot-restaurants-in-america-for-2017/.
Owned by the same people behind Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Twisted Olive is in an extensively renovated and sprawling former home off Massillon Road.
Twisted Olive “features Italian dishes with a healthy dash of American flair.” It overlooks two small lakes that previously were park property. The menu is at www.thetwistedolive.com.
Executive chef is Andre Silva, a native of Brazil and a 2009 graduate of the University of Akron’s hospitality program.
Last month, Open Table said the Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard was among the country’s “100 Most Romantic Restaurants,” according to a survey of diner reviews.
(That's Scott Swaldo, general manager of Twisted Olive, in the restaurant's main dining room. Below is a picture of the interior of Twisted Olive. Both pictures were taken by the Beacon's Michael Chritton.)