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Dinner at Osteria

christianne | | Jun 25, 2007 07:42 PM

My partner and I wrangled a reservation for a 6 p.m. dinner this past Friday at Osteria and were very satisfied overall with the whole experience. The wine list had a number of reasonably-priced bottles, and a nice selection of Italian whites--we split a bottle of dry Prosecco which accompanied the food well without being overpowering. Resisting the urge to begin our meal with one of the pizzas (thus rendering us able sample much more of the menu), we started with the yellowtail crudo, which was extremely fresh and sliced very, very thin), and the wood-grilled octopus (great flavor, but some of the larger pieces were unpleasantly gritty). The pasta special we shared was a squid-ink spaghetti with scallops, halibut, mussels and clams in a tomatoey broth, all of which was done to perfection. We were disappointed by the tricolore salad with bagna cauda (ersatz Caesar) dressing--it was seriously overdressed--but the berry crostata and particularly the polenta pudding (sorry, "budino") with olive oil gelato for dessert made up for it. The cappuccino lived up to its hype, too--piping hot, strong without being bitter, with a great crown of foam. Service was extremely attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly--our server rather sweetly stuck a candle into my dessert when she learned we were celebrating a special occasion. The only serious criticism I can offer is that someone in the kitchen seemed to have a heavy hand with the oil--the yellowtail and octopus were drizzled with a little too much, and the pasta could have done with about half of what was left at the bottom of the bowl when we finished. That issue aside, however, we are intent on dining there again as soon as we luck out and can book another reservation!

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