A word about OSTIA on 7th Ave South.
My company had our Christmas Party there last night. We were about 50 people with some coming and going.
It was a cocktail party with seats for about two-thirds of the guests (my decision) which encouraged people to get up and mingle.
It worked very well.
They had 4 dining room servers, one outstanding bartender, two kitchen staffers and one of the owners who is a very gracious food and wine industry professional.
His name is Matteo.
They pass-served us outstanding tapas for over two hours and then buffet-served a seafood paella, a Spanish recipe pasta dish, sliced filet mignon and baby lamb chops.
The party included an open bar, minus some top-shelf whiskies, with some pre-selected Navarran wines.
The restaurant was closed for us.
The whole thing was extraordinary.
I won't divulge the price here except to say that it was considerably less than $5,000.
Other prices I got for similar arrangements started at $7,000 and went up toward $13,000.
I think this place is one of the few bargains in the neighborhood and I wish them well.
I thank the staff at Ostia for a job well done.