Went to Roberta's Osteria last night - phenemonal! Had an over two hour dinner, and we were the only two in the restaurant - such a shame!!
Started with Chestnut soup ($5) an incredible appetizer of seared tuna belly over white beans in olive oil ($6 - you can't even buy tuna at whole foods this cheap - it must have been 6 ounces at least) The soup was rich, but didn't taste too creamy.
We each had two glasses of wine ($4.50 each) Incredible - I had the dolcetto - simple and tasty.
Mains were equally impressive - braised monkfish($8) and the best plate of tagliatelle with pesto I have ever tried ($8) Perfect in its simplicity.
Desserts were good, but not as stellar as the rest of the meal - Chocolate budino - not so much my taste and a tirimusu that could have use more espresso punch (Roberta - if you're out there - please serve the cannoli from the grill in the Osteria - they are amazing!!!!!!
So the grand total for 2 apps, 2 mains, a side salad, a bottle of still water, 4 glasses of wine, 2 illy espressos and 2 desserts was $80. Far, far better than anything else that passes for mid-priced (or even low-priced) Italian in the city. Why are people spending their money at dreck like Pasta Mia and Buca di Beppe when Roberto will feed you much, much better at half the price - I don't get it!