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Pittsburgh - Dish Osteria on the South side

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Pittsburgh - Dish Osteria on the South side

mhessman | Sep 27, 2007 04:54 PM

Heard great things about Dish Osteria so I decided to take an out-of-town guest there last evening. The setting was a little dark, but romantic. We decided to order a few appetizers and then split an entree. (We really wanted to try a few different things based on the recommendations).

The first appetizer came within a minute (sardines). They were alright, nothing special. The second appetizer came 30 minutes later with our salad. It was the calimari which was essentially two tentacles served on raw greens with fried potatoes. The potatos were the only ingredient that provided any flavor to the dish. The octopus seemed over cooked since it was very difficult to cut with a knife. The salad, which we hoped would come after the appetizers, was a fennel with greens and orange slices. It was drowning in, and thereby overpowered by, the dressing. The salad also included onions which were cut similar to the fennel pieces. It was hard to see whether you were about to bite into an onion or a piece of fennel...which can provide quite a surprising difference to your tastebuds. The entree did come to the table already split (Nice). It was the fettucine with mushrooms and was the best dish of the night.

The dinner was poorly paced, we had to ask for small plates each time a dish was served, not once were we asked how was everything or did we need anything. (The restaurant was not packed and the owner was there to welcome us upon our arrival). Overall, I may go back for the pasta, but that is it. I think this restaurant was overrated.

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