We'd read lots of good reviews of this place & after one failed attempt (it was closed on the Tues night) finally made it for a visit.
After having been "Antipasti-ed" to death the previous evening ( a delightful way to go but not for the faint hearted!) we decided to play safer & only order 2 antipasti. While we waited we were brought plates of bread, olives, pickled veg & an amazing broad bean puree with crostini. We could eaten our own body weight in ti, it was so tasty!
Our antipasti duly arrived & were fantastic. A big plate of proscuitto & mozarella, & another of mushrooms with grilled cheese. The mushrooms were the best I've tasted - really beefy flavoured & they matched wonderfully with the slightly warm & slightly melted cheese.
For our main courses ( we skipped the pasta) we ordered the much talked-of "Pig Pie" & the lamb. The pie was beautiful - golden pastry top covering tender chunks of flaky slow cooked pork in a rich wine gravy. The lamb was also very tender & flavoured with truffles.
We managed to cram in dessert somehow - again, these were faultless ... the wobbliest pannacotta ever, & a crisp apple slice.
This was a fantastic dining experience - the chef ensured we understood what everything was on the menu, & chatted to us in English quite happily, before chatting away in French to another couple who had just arrived. Both he & the other staff were very attentive & service was cheery & efficient, but it's the food that rightly takes pride of place here. It was a little pricier than some of the other places we visited but was definitely worth it, & I think being able to sit outdoors on a summers evening at the Osteria would be a magical experience. Don't miss out!