I wanted to follow up on a post I made about Osteria some time ago:
I ended up returning to the restaurant several weeks ago. Friends were taking me their and I was excited about the company and was willing to be open minded and give this restaurant another try.
Unfortunately, I had another bad experience. It all started with me entering the cold rear room, but I had to move around a delivery being made around 5:30 and contiunally move my seat in order to accomidate the people moving in wood bread baskets. When they were done they instructed us to move the table back to where it was (meanwhile the front room was half full at the time and the back room was empty, I would have prefered not to have been seated there). The whole thing was awkward and would be meaningless at a casual restaurant, but this is not what I (believe) Osteria is intended to be.
Ordering wine was incredibly time consuming. The sommelier spoke to my friend but described wine in 101 terms "light, refreshing". He also chose to season the glasses, which my friend who knows a lot about wine, says is rediculous. This seasoning process also took him 10 slow minutes.
The bread tasted like lighter fluid, due to the fact that the wood bowls that just came off a truck had been immedietly placed on our table, not cleaned. Our server (who was kind but unskilled throughout) admitted that they came right off the truck (on two occasions), but when the manager came over to apologize he lied right to our face - saying that they had been cleaned 3 days ago and were not dry yet. I don't like being lied to.
Please note that during half of my meal, including my alkward entrance Marc Vetri was in the same room as me and did not seem bothered.
My antipasti (it was a special that day) was miniscule, although the mozarella was good.
My pizza was soggy. So were the other pizza's at the table. I honestly prefer Tacconelli's. Nothing tasted special or gourmet about it.
Dessert was supplied on the house due to the bread bowl situation which was appreciated.
The good news is I did not pay for this meal (otherwise I probably wouldn't go in the first place) but I was happy to hear my friends (who are avid diners) agree with me that they still don't understand what makes this restaurant worth the cost.
I'm interested to hear your perspectives.