We were thrilled with our experience at L'Osteria and think they deserve high praise for exceptional food and service.
We had unknowingly arrived twenty minutes before their dinner opening hours, but that wasn't a problem. The kind waitress just explained that this is the time that the staff has their evening meal, but we could sit at a table, have drinks and wait until they officially opened. What a rare kind of attitude!
So, she seated us at a table and served us Prosecco, fresh bread and some of the best olives we'd ever tasted. She explained that the olives were from the owner's mother's garden. We asked if it was possible to buy some jars, but she said that, unfortunately, they weren't for sale. Oh well, we thought, you can't buy everything...
The meal was superb. We started with barley and chick pea soups. They were served in breaded bowls that complimented the soups perfectly. We also had pizza, risotto and the pasta/sauce of the day. To go with the meal, we went with the waitress's recommendation of local red wine. Everything was delicious.
There is a large selection of pizza, but the rest of the menu is quite small. But, to me, this is an advantage and it means that they focus on what they do well and everything is fresh.
The highlight of the evening was when we asked to pay. Instead of the waitress bringing our bill, it was the owner, carrying two jars of olives that he gave to us as a gift. Amazing. We had a nice chat with him about where the olives come from and about the rest of our meal. It's so refreshing to see someone take such pride in his work and to share his passion for good food.
L'Osteria should be rated one of the best restaurants in Livigno, but last night we were glad that we experienced it when it's still a well-kept secret and is able to maintain such charm. But, the owners and staff deserve to be praised and to succeed in their chosen craft.
Thank you, everyone at L'Osteria, for giving us such a lovely evening. We'll be back soon!
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