Fred Neuville's Wild Olive opens on Johns Island

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As a fan of the Fat Hen, I've been waiting months for Fred Neuville's Italian restaurant, Wild Olive, to open on Johns Island.

A couple weeks back, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) was supposed to have a dinner there — I was pretty excited about getting a sneak peek — but the evening was canceled. Boo.

Now, finally, Wild Olive has opened after a complete renovation of the old Live Oak Café space on Maybank Highway. I plan to get out there as soon as I can, although today I'm hitting Bambu Ali Baba for lunch and the new Jacob's Kitchen in I'On for dinner.

A copy of Wild Olive's menu showed up on my desk this morning, and it looks pretty tasty. Some of the dishes that immediately drew my attention were the roasted pheasant with white wine, garlic and cream atop fettucine ($18.95); the venison osso bucco ($24.95); veal skirt steak ($16.95); roasted rack of lamb with gorgonzola mashed potatoes and escarole ($25.95); and the chestnut-encrusted grouper ($19.95).

The menu's also stocked with classics like lasagna ($13.95), spaghetti and meatballs ($13.95), fettucine ($12.95), and a variety of risotto dishes.

Todd Mazurek has moved over from the Fat Hen to open the kitchen at Wild Olive as the executive chef.

The restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner. Check it out and report back. We'd love to hear what you think.

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