Restaurants & Bars

Lunch at Osianna (Fairfield)

sibeats | Feb 14, 200804:08 PM

We stopped in to Osianna yesterday for lunch. The menu has a ton of small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. We decided to share a bunch of small plates. The owner was very friendly and recommended 4-5 small plates for the 2 of us to share. We were glad to be able to try that many things, but some of them were huge, and it was a lot of food.
They started off by bringing bread with a little bowl of hummus. The hummus was really good, but the bread would have been better if it was warmed up. We ordered the grilled octopus with arugula and red onion salad, the mussels with chorizo, capers and white beans, the baby eggplant stuffed with kasseri cheese, the petite osso bucco and the shrimp saganaki.
The octopus was tender and nicely grilled, and the salad went nicely with it. The eggplant was probably my least favorite, didn't get much of the caramelized onions and overall it was a little bland. The osso bucco came with little ricotta pasta. It was cooked well, very tasty, but probably not something I would order again. The mussels were incredible in a garlicky parsley broth with huge caperberries, slices of chorizo and white beans. We probably would have drank the rest of the broth with a straw if we weren't so full! The shrimp saganaki was also very nice, two big shrimp under a blanket of bubbling melted cheese with chopped tomatoes, garlic and more small chunks of feta underneath. It was cheese-alicious, and as my husband said as he was soaking up the sauce with his bread, you didn't even need the shrimp! My only complaint was that all 5 dishes came at once, but we didn't say anything beforehand, so no fault of the restaurant.
Looking around, we saw lots of huge salads and sandwiches going by. The sandwiches didn't look like anything special, but the salads all looked really nicely composed.
It seems as though the dinner menu has at least twice as many options for small plates, and we'd like to go back and try more things. I did ask the owner why they didn't take reservations and she said that they tried it and it didn't work because they couldn't turn the tables over after 9:00 or something like that. I asked how long the wait was if you came in at 7:30 and she said an hour and a half!! Personally, that's a deal breaker. No way would I wait that long for dinner. I don't understand the no reservation policy at all, and I can't imagine that someone coming to eat at 7:30 would be content to wait that long, especially since there is no bar and you'd have to leave and come back later.
That being said, we'll give it a try in the 6:30 range and see what happens. The food was good, and the place was nice, so definitely give it a go for lunch at the least!

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