My husband and I celebrated my birthday at Osteria. I had no idea that it was even there - it's down some steps, not very obvious. It's s smallish place - with maybe 15 or 20 tables and a bar. We had an 8:00 reservation on a Saturday evening, and it was nearly full. It was a little bit on the loud side, but nothing too obnoxious.
The wine list is extensive - all Italian wines. The server was very knowledgeable about the wines.
We started with the Carpaccio di Bufala con crimini e olio al limone - it was excellent. Sliced paper thin, I never thought about lemon juice on buffalo before. We then moved on to the Zuppa alla crema di asparagus con tartufi e aragosta (creme of asparagus soup with lobster) and Caprese vincotto (tomatoes with mozzarella and basil). The soup was just to die for. Creamy, but not too heavy. Nice pieces of asparagus, and bite sized pieces of lobster. I could have eaten that all night. The tomatoes in the salad wer nice as well - surprising, since it's early in the season. Next was the pasta course - Pappardelle alla bolognese. Another excellent dish. My husband is not a fan of pasta, but he really liked this. Nice ground veal and duck, the sauce made with fresh tomatoes, but not in the least bit acidic. The pappardelle was perfectly cooked - a tad bit al dente. Then we moved on to the Filetto di manzo alla dolce gorgonzola e portobello (filet mignon with gorgonzola) and Braciola di argnello grigliato al vincotto (grilled rack of lamb). Each dish also had freshly shucked peas and polenta. The peas were not mushy, nicely sweet. The polenta's consistency was off. It was a little bit rubbery. At first I thought it was mashed potatoes, but the taste was off. It's a little bit dark in the restaurant, so I couldn't see all that clearly to try to figure out what was going on there. It finally occurred to my husband what it was. The filet was done perfectly - rare - with a portobello mushroom cap on top, with the gorgonzola sauce over. The sauce was almost too much - I think the steak would have been good without it. My husband's lamb was excellent - rare as well. If he wants to chew on the bones, I know it's good! He settled for taking his uneaten portion home to enjoy them there. We finished with tiramisu and dessert wine.
Dinner was a bit on the expensive side - but then we couldn't decide what we wanted, so we pretty much got a little of everything. While expensive, I think the portion sizes supported the cost.
All in all, an excellent dinner. We both brought home half of our dinners and enjoyed them for breakfast the next day. We will definitely go back again, now that we know they are there!