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Olio e Limone Ristorante Restaurant Review: This friendly neighborhood trattoria enjoys an enthusiastic local following. Alberto and Elaine Morello toiled at Celestino and Prego down south before opening Olio e Limone Ristorante in Santa Barbara in 1999, starting out with 13 tables and later expanding twice to the current 34 tables. Consider the specials, many from Alberto's native Sicily, perhaps pumpkin ravioli, Dover sole, or tortellini with spinach and salted ricotta. The menu is modest, but dishes like warm seafood salad, veal scaloppine with fresh artichokes, duck ravioli, and roasted quail are comforting and sing with layers of tastes. There is a wine list highlighting Italy and California, and a fine band of pleasant waiters. Assorted house-made desserts include imported Italian gelati and sorbetti. The adjacent Olio Pizzeria serves simpler but equally good food, including antipasti, pizzas, salads and fried calamari. Also nearby is Olio Crudo Bar, a sister spot specializing in Italian raw fish.