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“Lovely lunch”
Review of Osteria La Salita

Osteria La Salita
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $49
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 25, 2014

We stopped into this little place after hiking from Borolo to Monforte one morning and upon the recommendation of the owner of our B&B. We were immediately greeted by a lovely green space, and our excitement grew. We snagged a seat outside and ordered a lovely, local wine. It ended up being one of the most memorable meals of our 2 week trip to Italy. Fresh ingredients in the salad. Homemade pasta. Attentive staff. Just perfect.

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Thank HobbsATX
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Montforte holds many fond memories for me. There was once another small restaurant in this charming space, so I decided to check this one out.

It was a warm, mid-May day. Bluebird sky above and a quiet Saturday. Sat in the charming patio seating in what will be a full blown lavender garden in a month or so, plus all the other flowers and herbs.

The menu is small and that's a good thing. It's an osteria, so that's expected (the full name is Osteria La Salita). It has ample excellent choices.

The bread came in a little burlap basket with crusty grissini standing in attention and smaller rolls in the basket. I wasn't crazy about the rolls - somewhat tough - but the pencil thin, crisp grissini were delicious.

I ordered two courses and a glass of Arneis. The by the glass Arneis was a Langhe Arneis and, truth be told, doesn't compare to a Roero (they have a nice wine list, so order a Deltetto, Matteo Correggia or Malvira Arneis if they are on the list and you want a bottle).

For my starter, I went with the Piemontese classic - insalata russa - done beautifully. It was wrapped in two roasted peppers. It had some notes of a delicious tonnato sauce given it was creamy and had lots of course tuna in it, but the peas and carrots made it distinctly insalata russa. I liked that the peas and carrots weren't mushy and still had a bite to them.

My main was my usual favorite - agnolotti di plin with butter and fresh rosemary stuff with meat. Could have been cooked a few seconds less, but I was not disappointed. It was delicious and more than I could eat.

I skipped dessert as I was on a gelati mission.

In my opinion, you can't go wrong with La Salita for a light meal in a delightful surrounding (inside is nice, too). I have heard from restaurant-owner friends who visited it in the autumn that the food was delicious, but service was bad, but I didn't have that experience at all. Michela was delightful.

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Thank VillaArneis
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Up a steep street and back a short alley we found this delight. Small, or so it seemed, we were on the second floor, or the first floor depending. It had been a long day so we were not so hungry and 8:00 was a little late that day. All the food was great, seemed very regional, I had "plin" and a veal main course, the others pasta dishes. The wine did seem pricey compared to the 2 resaurants we had eaten in the nights before, but overall a very nice experience and enjoyable meal. Maybe the rating is due tho the 2 wonderful meals the nights before. I would definitely return

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This lovely small restaurant is run by a husband and wife. The food is very well prepared typical local fare served in a cozy 2 story area. Wonderful wine list and great service.

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Thank SDG13
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were a fairly large group (ca 10 people) and were delighted to get a large table upstairs in an early evening in the not-so-busy restaurant. Until end of the appetizers, things went well and the food was good though not spectacular. Then everything changed - the waitress seemed to completely forget our group, and afte a fairly long wait (ca 30 minutes) the first main courses started to be served - not everybody got their meals, though and by the time, after an additonal 20 minutes, I had to go and fetch the waitress who showed no interest for our group. I finally got my steak (asked for medium) - which was cold, I mean completely cold, from the inside - I sent it back and waited another 10 minutes to get the same steak heated - and dried. Except my disasterous steak, the rest of the group were not unhappy with their various dishes - the lack of service and the long waiting spoilt the evening for all, though.

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Thank JuTaBern
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