One enters the dining room of the very new Prides Osrteria (a remarkably well-renovated former "Harry's 240") through the ubiquitous "sports bar" (with the de rigueur television sets). The bar area is, nonetheless, a very good weigh station with an innovative cocktail list and a surprisingly good selection of wines by the glass. It is a very comfortable space for less formal dining. The refurbished dining room is clean, contemporary and sophisticated and the ambience is complimented by very good art and a cool selection of tunes. The menu (which, we were told, changes daily) offers refreshing, contemporary Northern Italian cuisine. Our appies were tuna tartare and butternut squash soup with ginger...both superb! Salad was simple field greens with perfect balsamic, evoo, rosemary and garlic vinaigrette...delightfully simple! Choice of primis and secondis was very difficult (everything was enticing!). In light of our having just been at an evening showing of Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis will get the Oscar) and having consumed the mandatory medium-sized popcorn, we were happy to learn that half orders were available. Both my wife's handkerchief pasta with basil pesto (we were informed that the chef received the 2008 "Best Pesto" award) and my pasta with veal, pork and pecorino were winners. We were served by an attentive, bright, outgoing young woman who was a very helpful guide throughout the evening. She enhanced our experience. We are eager to return for more sampling from the extraordinary menu! One should visit before the world learns about Prides Osteria!
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