Having been a fan of Osteria del Teatro for years, only visiting on special occasions so that it would keep its charm every time, you know the whole "oh my God I can't believe I forgot about how good that is" feeling, I recognize I was probably gonna be a tough critic for Sardinia. But, Frodnesor said he would try Osteria, so we tried his place. I quit my job yesterday so we were in a very good mood (yup one of those jobs).
We decided the interior decor was a little trendy for our taste, we prefer a more "homey" feel to a restaurant, so we sat outside. The setting was nice, and the waitress seemed nice enough. Soon we discovered she was terribly disorganized, which of course is a polite translation of slow. But we just pretended she was new and decided we'll just be understanding about her first night, and had a good time with it.
The thin and crispy bread arrived and it was good and the olive oil...well they got my interest at that point. We ordered our wine and Polpettine (veal meatballs with braised fennel). It was great. We loved the grandma-must-be-cooking-back-there feel to it. Then came our pastas. This is usually all we order our fist time at an Italian place. That tells us whether we should come back (I mean if they get THAT wrong....)The cockles were fresh and the pasta al dente but I have to say the sauce was not quite right. It was light and pleasant, but I would not order it again. The rabbit ragu was delicious IMO and the dish lighter than it looked which made me happy, means I can eat more of it. Then came the Tiramisu. I have to keep reminding myself that that was the name of that dessert, because it just tasted like a delicious strawberry cream, not Tiramisu at all. But as I said it was delicious, so next time I will be sure to ask for the strawberry mascarpone cream again ;-).
Did I like it more than Osteria? Absolutely not. Did I have enough dishes to judge entirely? Absolutely not. So we will be back hoping for more hits, to try the specials and whatever else you all think we must have of course :-) I was intrigued by all the antipasti, maybe I will make it a girls night out for antipasti and wine? Thanks Frod for the recommendation, we had a lovely time out on our Friday date.