Saturday, October 25, 2014
Inquirer Daily News
Osteria
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Address:
640 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia , PA 19130
215-763-0920
Neighborhood: Art Museum - Fairmount
Parking: Street parking only. Valet Thursday-Saturday, $12.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Cuisine type: Italian
Meals Served: Lunch Dinner
Style: Since opening in 2006, Osteria has become more than simply the casual, more accessible sibling to Vetri. It’s become a showcase for talented co-owner/chef Jeff Michaud to produce inventive seasonal pastas and salumi, plus modern twists on rustic Italian cooking, from spit-roasted meats to superb wood-fired pizzas. It has also, in the process, become one of Philly’s best all-purpose restaurants, whether for a power lunch, big special event or an intimate night out over sublime antipasti with one of the area’s best Italian wine lists to wash it down.
Specialties: Pizzas – Margherita; lombarda; pannocchia; mortadella. Vegetable antipasti; house-cured salumi; warm cheese sformato; baked sardines; porchetta tonnata; cotechino; tomato tortellini; lentil tortellini in capon brodo with cotechino; beet plin; chicken liver rigatoni; corzetti with clams; robiola francobolli; candele with wild boar Bolognese; rabbit “casalinga”; suckling pig special; roasted lamb shoulder with saffron beans and minted baby artichokes; artichokes alla giudia; pine nut and caramel crostata; budino; honey panna cotta. Dinner entrees, $24-$35 (Dry-aged ribeye for two, $100.)
Alcohol: A smart list of 36 Italian wines focused on small producers and rustic flavors, almost entirely under $50 a bottle. Several wines by the glass, great Belgian and local beers, and a nice grappa selection give the cellar value and character.
Weekend noise: The room is a boisterous 82 decibels, but conversation is still possible. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m. Lunch Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: $$$