Olivella Earns Coveted Forbes 4-Star Recognition

Luxury Resort Signature Restaurant Scores A Perfect 49/49 Points To Receive Prestigious Award

OJAI, CALIF. (February 22, 2017) Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list today, naming Ojai Valley Inn's Olivella, as a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant for 2017. This makes the luxury resort’s signature restaurant the sole Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and AAA Four Diamond restaurant located between Los Angeles and the Northern California region. With the announcement of this distinction, Olivella becomes one of just 13 new Four- Star restaurants in the United States and joins the exclusive ranks of the 27 Four Star restaurants throughout California.

The Four-Star designation is bestowed on restaurants that meet the stringent and uncompromising standards of Forbes’ professional and anonymous inspectors with rigorous testing of every aspect of the property experience, regarded as the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.

“The dedicated team at Olivella has worked tirelessly to provide the best possible dining experiences that bring to life both the beautiful bounty and spirit of the Ojai Valley,” said Alex Kim, Managing Director of Ojai Valley Inn. “We are very proud and truly thankful to have achieved this tremendous distinction.”

Olivella presents an innovative concept that celebrates the flavors of the Ojai Valley through both traditional and modern interpretations of Italian cuisine. The kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Andrea Rodella, who marries the season’s best ingredients with the preparations and techniques he learned as a boy growing up in Northern Italy.

Signature dishes include California Burrata with Heirloom Tomato Tartare, Oven Dried Olives, Garlic, Garden Herbs and Pistachio, and Rigatoni with Chef Rodella’s Grandmother’s Bolognese recipe, which has been handed down since the late 1800’s.

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit For additional information on Ojai Valley Inn, please visit or call 1-800-422-6524.

Nestled in the idyllic enclave of Ojai is the historic Ojai Valley Inn, a luxurious retreat that has been one of California’s most revered destinations since opening in 1923. Located just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, the resort overlooks the unspoiled natural beauty of its mountain surroundings and celebrates the relaxed glamour of California’s past to create an unparalleled resort experience that is quintessentially Ojai. The resort continues to turn the page to a new chapter with a series of fresh elements that further elevate the resort experience while remaining true to its authentic spirit.

Fresh touchpoints include: re-imagined grand arrival experience; apiary and immersive beekeeping program; chic outdoor oasis Indigo Pool; signature restaurant Olivella; the thoughtfully refreshed, historic Wallace Neff Heritage Bar, and Libbey’s, a fresh artisan market, café and boutique.

Set on 220 oak studded acres, the resort offers an abundance of active and peaceful pleasures with a George C. Thomas designed golf course; soul soothing spa therapies at the 31,000 square foot Spa Ojai; instruction that encourages creative consciousness in the Artist Cottage; essential oil blending in the Apothecary; multiple pools, and more than five dining outlets with settings that range from fast-casual to fine dining, recognized by Wine Spectator with the 2016 Best of Award of Excellence. In 2016, the Inn was honored as the #5 Best Resort in Southern California by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and ranked #8 Resort Hotel in California in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 “World’s Best Awards.” These and other accolades affirm the Inn as a treasured destination that authentically combines the regions unspoiled spirituality with 21st century luxury.

For additional information and guest bookings, please visit or call 1-800-422-6524.

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