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L'Osteria del Forno/Ideale

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L'Osteria del Forno/Ideale

Windy | Apr 7, 2006 05:46 PM

Six of us crowded around a table for four last night at L'Osteria del Forno.

We shared
two specials: a cauliflower appetizer and a Cornish game hen wrapped in prosciutto
breaola
grilled radiccio
the signature milk-basted pork
pasta al forno--penne in bolognese & bechamel
crespelle--crepes filled with procini mushrooms, ham, and bechamel
a porcini and ricotta pizza bianca

They were out of cipolline in agrodolce.

We also had two bottles of wine, which I ordered but failed to take note of. One was from negroamaro grapes, the other a Li Veli corvina, both roughly $30 a bottle.

Total came to $210 including a generous tip; food alone was under $120 for six.

I had never been to L'Osteria before, and it's certainly a better place to come early, with two people. But all that stress out on the sidewalk quickly vanishes once you're safely inside. Service progressed from stressed to warm and welcoming. We must have ordered the right things.

My own favorites were the radicchio, the crespelle, and the pork. The butter lettuce salad and roasted potatoes, both side dishes that accompanied the pork and game hen, were notable too. I left feeling that the sum of the parts added up to quite a bit more than just the food.

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We then headed to Caffe Trieste for dessert, but they were closing (at 9:45?) so we talked our way into Ideale for panna cotta and limoncello...

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