Guess it is true that all good things must come to an end. We visited Osteria Mazzantani for a Easter Dinner with family. I have to say that we had great expectations given the fabulous dinner we had there in November 2013. At that time, everything we ordered was tasty, very authentic tasting and so different from the usual Italian restaurant fare.
We had so enjoyed this dinner that we chose to make Mazzantini our restaurant for our special dinner on Easter Sunday. What a big disappointment. Food was mediocre at best. I had the whole fish "special" on rissoto. I found the rissoto very "al dente" - almost inedible. Since we were with a guest and family, I chose to just eat "around it" thinking it was perhaps just an aberration. At the next table, I heard another diner complain about the rissoto, that he couldn't eat it because it wasn't "properly cooked". The waiter told the customer that the chef said it was "supposed to be that way". Huh?
We tried the same ravioli appetizer (or similar ) to what we had in November. At that time, it was absolutely delicious. This time, it was dry, pasty and tasteless. Nothing comparable to what had previously been served. I've made better with grocery store packages.
Contrary to some of the reviews, our service, like before, was excellent.
I do agree that the prices are high but tolerable if the food was a treat like it was in November. Given the quality of our dinner, however, the prices are ridiculous.
We live in the area but most likely won't return. There are far better Italian restaurants nearby. Such a disappointment in Osteria after its very promising start last Fall. They must have had a guest chef to open the restaurant. They need to bring him/her back.