I have visited Osteria 3 times since it first opened. It's a beautifully designed room with a long communal table surrounded by smaller tables that seat 2-4 people. Italian wines are sorted along one wall according to region. The first time I went was for lunch and the meal was great. I was impressed by the changing menu and the fresh apps were fantastic. It was a flurry of nice and clean tasting dishes from Italy, accompanied by a bottle of Prosecco. I could barely go back to work and almost fell asleep at my desk with a smile on my face.
My second and third trips to Osteria were awful experiences. I'll only tell you about the third one for the sake of brevity. We sat at the communal table next to some loudmouthed elementary teacher that reminded me why I hated school as a kid. Fearful of my last experience, I went for a simple lamb and maccheroni dish. I ended up sending this dish back twice because it was under cooked. How hard is it for an Italian joint to cook pasta? My server tried to explain to me that semolina pasta was supposed to be white and crunchy in the middle and she offered to give the kitchen a third try. As my girlfriend had already finished her meal I told her to forget about it and asked for my bill. I was not willing to get home to find yet another disappointing dish. When the bill came, they did not comp me anything, not even my beer. With two terrible experiences in a row, I'm never going back.
Take heed! Pass on this place. I wanted to like it but it's overpriced, overrated and lacking in quality control. Their sisters at Terroni are much better.
106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA