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Posted by powerS on 09/25/2007
We did not have a reservation on a Saturday night and the host/s got us a table for 2 within 30 minutes.This was at the height of the dinner rush. Paul the server was very friendly helpful and accommodating. In all they were very friendly and very accommodating. I appreciated that coming from a hoity toity joint. The lobster and buffalo appetizer was outstanding. The roasted rabbit over polenta was ok. Then again its a very simple dish(as it should be). I was expecting elaborate flavors. The stuffed baby lamb was very good. I'm definitely going back again to try the pasta and pizza dishes, they sounded tasty. Its not too pricey if you don't drink alcohol.
Posted by FG on 08/21/2007
The food is really good. The pizza is special. The breads & breadsticks are house made and are better than most top notch bakeries. The pastas are all house made & are cooked to perfection. The pork milanese was superb. Our waiter & waitress team could not have been nicer. The front of the house even called a taxi for us. The front staff was professional & sincere. The wine list affordable and solid. Two quartinos of sangiovese @ $12 each was great. We would say go to Osteria when you want really inventive fare.
Posted by Joe on 08/18/2007
My wife and I ate here on a whim. We intended to go to another place but wound up at Osteria. It was packed but they found us two seats at the Chef's Bar. The service was fantastic. We had a very knowledgable waiter who was into discussing the ins and outs of the food. We are both foodies and we found the meal one of the best we've had in our year and a half in Philly. I went with the veal and cured pork salad and the smoked pork ravioli while my wife had the rabbit. All dishes were prepared wonderfully. The desserts were great too. A chocolate flan with pastacio gelato and the fig tart. Again, prepared perfectly. We came away very satisfied and plan to return. The only drawback is that the place is a bit pricy. Having said that, we were not upset in the slightest having dropped a bit more money than we had intended.
Posted by Dining Critic on 06/18/2007
The server was a total creep. He spent the majority of his time trying to look down my top. The food was OK but you can find lots of better places. Bathrooms were not very clean either. I won't be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/15/2007
The service we received was amazing but the food was not that great. I think that some people think the food at Osteria is great just because it is expensive and named something fancy. I could cook a higher quality of food at home (it's mostly pasta and pizza). Also, I was disapointed with the limited amount of vegetarian options. The gelato $8 or $9 and it doesn't come with anything.... just 3 spoonfuls of gelato. Unless you live within walking distance and like to burn your money go somewhere else. Other people that I spoke with came away with the same impression.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/22/2007
Four of us dined at Osteria last evening and had a wonderful experience. We began our meal by sharing an egg pizza as an appetizer. It was a delectable blending of egg, pork sausage, and cheese on a thin crispy crust - molte bene! Next we shared delicate ravioli with savory mushrooms - light yet satisfying. For my entree, I opted for Pork Milanese, a thinly pounded, breaded, succulent pork chop topped with arugula and shaved parmesan - a simple dish but I savored every morsel. In fact, many of the offerings on the menu at Osteria bring back fond memories of dining in Italy - simple dishes where the flavors speak for themselves. Dessert was what I can best describe as "chocolate pizza" - melted chocolate in between two crispy pizza crusts dusted with powdered sugar. We paired our meal with a very reasonable bottle of a 2003 Campaccio. Not only was dinner delightful but the service was impeccable. At one point my husband knocked over his glass of water and before any of us had a chance to react, two servers were at our table cleaning up the spill and replacing our linens. The atmosphere is young and happening and even though not one of the four of us is that, we nonetheless truly enjoyed it. The décor is very reminiscent of many chic New York restaurants. I look forward to returning to Osteria very soon and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly appreciates a great dining experience!
Posted by pab on 04/04/2007
I thought when you went to a restaurant, they were supposed to accomodate the customer. Well, I went into Osteria & ordered the rigatoni w/ gorgonzola & radicchio. I personally do not like radicchio & asked the waitress if she could ask the chef to please leave the radicchio out. She told me that the sauce was already made & that the chef does not like to alter his dishes, because it does not taste the same. But I personally know that the radicchio had to be added at the end, because if it would have been added any sooner it would have become soft & wilted. The reason I know that is my father is a chef also for a well known restaurant in the city & also my father ordered the rabbit & it came out bland & with no sauce. My recommendation is for them to add some flavor to theirr food & try giving better customer service. Remember the customer is your bread & butter.