We had been eagerly looking forward to dinner at Osteria. We finally made it there last evening. We were shocked to find the restaurant practically empty since they had no availability on Open Table. We managed to "wrangle" a reservation by calling the restaurant directly.
We were promply seated and the service throughout the evening was excellent.
The food, however, was a different story. We started with the sauteed artichokes. They were tasty but extremely greasy. I was certain that they had been deep fried but our server said that they were pan fried.
For entrees my sig ordered the special of the evening, roast pig. I had the pizza parma. My sig asked if he could have the saffron potatoes. He was informed that they only had enough for the dish they were supposed to accompany! What's with that?
I let out an inner gasp when the roast pig arrived. It was described as meat from different areas of the pig. It was more like scraps. A teeny tiny portion of meat . Couldn't have been more than 4 ounces of meat. It looked like a bit more because of the two large bones on the plate. Even with the bones it looked tiny. They hammered us $32 for that "special" .
My pizza was supposed to have mozz, fontina and parma ham. The description did not mention the mountain of olive oil that must have been poured on the pizza before serving. There was so much oil that my hands were greasy just from holding it and the plate had a puddle of oil under the pizza.
We both had to go home and take an antacid.
For those who would try to attribute this to our lack of appreciation for truly "authentic" Italian cuisine, we have spent months in Italy and know the food quite well.