My boyfriend and I decided to try Osteria for two reasons, the wonderful reviews and the fact that we can always smell the fabulous food when we go to the movies in downtown San Mateo. We made a reservation, definitely a good idea as the restaurant is not exceptionally large, We were seated right away next to a front window which was wonderful for people watching. They immediately brought us fresh bread and olive oil.
My only complaint of the evening was the waitress. Our waitress was clearly not concerned with our table as she took our drink and food order and we didn't see her again until we received the check. She also seemed quite irritated when I asked for a recommendation on the wines, as they were all italian and I was not familiar with most of them.
MUST HAVE the meatball appetizer. It was absolutely to die for. My boyfriend and I were practically fighting over the third one. I had the baked rigatoni for my meal which was absolutely incredible, but very rich. My boyfriend ordered the pork, sausage, and speck pizza and absolutely loved it.
This was wonderful food for reasonable prices. We would absolutely come back!
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