Fantastic osteria, food great, drinks great and very knowledgeable server Sara, who knew everything about the menu and the beverages and since it was our first visit she made great suggestions and painted a good picture of what we might order. We also had a member of our party with a significant allergy so she helped us understand what he could safely consume. It was a Saturday night and every spot in this large establishment was full. We had reservations so we were seated promptly.
The cocktails were unique and very tasty. The non alcoholic strawberry mint lemonade was refreshingly light. We tried several antipasti including the garbanzo bean salad which was tasty with a hint of spice, the crab gazpacho with fresh tomato flavor was tasted by several of us and that along with the pork belly and apricot marmalade were my personal favorites. The mussels, garlicky, large morsels with broth so tasty it was sopped up with their crusty bread were A+ also.
We ordered 3 salads amongst us. The arugula with mushroom, the fig and prosciutto and the caesar. They were all fresh, large portions, the caesar in particular had an unusual preparation in that the egg that is usually raw and mixed into the dressing came soft boiled and rolled in a light crumb that crowned the salad and just begged the diner to gently cut into it so the soft warm yolk and white could be mixed as little or as much into the salad and dressing as the diner desired. This preparation takes away the "stigma" of the raw egg approach which some diners object to.
Two couples at our table ordered different pasta entrees and the other couple ordered one of the pizzas. The pasta was hand made, which is a rarity and both the dish that was veal broth based and the linguini with tender bay scallops were thoroughly enjoyed. The wood fired thin crust pizza with garlic spinach and burrata cheese drizzled with an aged balsamic was the surprise in that you couldn't eat just one............slice that is!
Coffee, espresso and desserts were offered and just because we were full does NOT mean we passed. Espresso was brewed well, the Affogato was creamy, cold, ice cream with a piping hot espresso poured over and it was delicious and partly responsible for the time of this review. The one item we feel should be removed from the menu was the triple mini cannoli's. We wanted to like them but just couldn't. The flavors of all three were off point. Despite that everything else, including Sara's expert service, was outstanding and we will definitely return.