Well, I didn't realize this would end up being so topical...but last night my SO and I finally went to the Osteria. To start, SO got an arugula salad with parmesan and a lemon vinaigrette, I opted for pasta instead as appetizer choices were limited (there was also a veal with tuna sauce, and a roasted beef appetizer, but the idea of tuna sauce makes me cringe, no matter how good it might be) and got fettucine with a rabbit ragu. The salad was a bit basic - the lemon didn't quite come through as much as I would have hoped - but it had a nice saltiness and the parm muted the arugula's bite. My pasta was very good: well cooked, and the sauce was incredibly rich and flavorful without being gamey or overly tomato-y. For main courses, SO got the meatballs in tomato sauce over polenta (YUMMY! probably the same meatballs as for the grill sandwiches), I got the roasted chicken. It was nothing I can't make a reasonable facsimile of at home, to my palate, but it was well-cooked with crispy skin. The herbs didn't overwhelm the flavor of the chicken. It came with some mashed potatoes, which were...well, potatoes. Again, nothing fancy. Though it was good, I would probably get something else next time.
For dessert, we split a sauteed peach that had been filled with an amaretto, um, filling, for lack of a better word. It seemed to us that it was the same filling used for the amaretto cake that we made when we took one of Roberto's cooking classes a few weeks ago - which was very rich and yummy. It had been fashioned to look like the peach's pit, very cute. There was a peach sauce as well as a pistachio sauce, and some puff pastry filled with something ice cream-like (I can't remember the description from the menu, sorry).
I had a glass of barolo and a glass of dolcetto, SO had a martini and a glass of barolo. Service was pleasant, if not overly warm and fuzzy (which is fine by us). Altogether, with tax and tip, it came to $90. Not bad for what I thought was a well-made, comfortable, tasty meal with a couple of drinks apiece, though as I implied, I would have liked a little more creativity on the salad and chicken.
One other thing I would have preferred was a few more options to choose from - the appetizer, pasta, and main courses only had three choices apiece. I realize that it's August, there aren't a lot of people around, and that it's not cost-effective to have too many choices. Maybe there will be more if we go back in September.
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