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I N D E P E N D E N T R E S TA U R A N T S Fresh & Authentic Celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant takes great pride in its Italian classics made with the best ingredients the Chesapeake region has to offer. company profile The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant Headquarters: Aberdeen, Md. Employees: 400 Specialty: Authentic Italian cuisine and fresh seafood Mindy Hapsis, owner: “Our guest base has increased tremendously in addition to our loyal patrons.” >>The Olive Tree Restaurants take advantage of the fresh, local seafood, incorporating it to a variety of homemade pasta dishes. T he Olive Tree Italian Family Restaurant was a concept inspired by the owner’s childhood home on the family olive grove and vineyards. Growing up with the freshest local ingredients and making their own olive oil and wine, Nick Hapsis  knew he wanted to share that kind of unique dining experience. He and his wife, Kaliopi, started on their venture of making his dream a reality. Aberdeen, Md. is where it all began in 1992. When it opened at 1005 Beards Hill Road, The Olive Tree was a modest affair – 10 bar stools and 8 booths – a far cry from a corporate-like setting. Nick and his wife spent seven days a week, 16 hours a day at the restaurant making sure that every guest had a great dining experience. The restaurant quickly developed a reputation among its patrons for offering freshmade pasta, homemade authentic Italian dishes and phenomenal seafood the locals love. Today The Olive Tree has widely expanded and now even offers a bustling catering carryout called “The Olive Tree 2go!”   If you find yourself in the Maryland area, looking for an Italian restaurant with fresh produce and local seafood, you must stop by one of The Olive Tree Italian Restaurants. The menu embodies The Chesapeake Bay’s regional influence with the ingredients and comforting feel of an Italian kitchen. Everything is made from scratch, from the wide variety of savory sauces and one-of-a-kind signature dressings to the pasta and piping-hot breadsticks. “We learned the importance of making everything fresh from scratch from an early age,” explains Mindy Hapsis, daughter of the founders. “My siblings and I all had our first job as The Olive Tree Pasta Makers. We learned how to make pasta using the pasta machine, which was in the lobby and on display for guests to see. People still recognize us as the little kids at the Olive Tree!” The privileged coastal locations in Maryland makes fresh seafood readily available. Olive Tree has fresh seafood and ingredients delivered every single day. Even its produce is local and often from Harford County locals’ favorite, Hopkins Farm. Some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes have a direct link to their geographic location. “Maryland is famous for its amazing seafood culture,” Hapsis says. “Our Jumbo Lump Crabcakes are 192 food and drink • fall/winter 2012 •

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012