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Osianna - Fairfield, CT very good

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Found myself in Fairfield around 7:00 last night -- tired, hungry and with nothing waiting for me at home to cook for dinner. Having just read positive reviews regarding Osianna earlier in the day (and just so happened that I printed out a copy of their menu -- good fortune!), my decision was simple. Place a call for some takeout!

Since it was just myself dining tonight (DW was working late) I decided to go with three small plates so I could get a good representative sample of their menu. I can report that, overall, I was mostly pleased with the dishes. What I ordered and my thoughts:

- Red and Golden Beet Salad which was topped with baby arugula and dressed with an orange balsamic glaze. Great fresh ingredients, very light and tasty. A touch of salt helped wake the dish up. It was definitely not over-dressed with the balsamic glaze, in fact one could say that it was a touch under-dressed, even skimpy. I would be one who would say that. I'd give the dish a B; could have been a B+/A with a bit more dressing (it was tasty dressing, just wasn't enough of it).

- Meyer Lemon and Artichoke Risotto. Absolutely brilliant. One of the best risottos I have ever had. Great citrus flavor while completely avoiding the potential to overpower the rest of the ingredients. Lots of artichokes and perfect texture for the rice. A major winner. A+

- Petite Veal Ossobuco. The only potential miss. The online menu stated that the dish came with homemade gnocchi, however it is now served with homemade flat noodles (basically a tagliatelle or fetuccini). No problem, the pasta was delicious and perfectly cooked; the sauce sublime. The problem was with the Veal itself. Not the flavor, mind you. That was superb. Fork tender, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. There just wasn't enough of it. Unfortunately, more than half of what was on the bone was nothing more than fat. While I expect to usually find some fat with my ossobuco, this was a bit much. I only got about 2-3 smallish forkfuls of actual meat. So I'm conflicted on a grade for this dish. It was really delicious. The pasta and sauce (kind of a variation of a bolognese, it was, I believe, the braising sauce the veal was cooked in) were excellent. The veal itself was really good. Just wish I had less of all that fat on the bone. Let's go with a B.

So overall, I would definitely go again, despite the couple missteps. There was definitely more than enough good to counterbalance the not-as-good, and the flavors (particularly with the risotto) were really outstanding. The service was extremely friendly and courteous. I look forward to actually dining on premises.

Total cost = $31 (certainly not cheap, but reasonable to my mind given the overall quality)
Final grade = B+

My first CH review, hope you enjoyed!
Brad

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  1. We just came back from lunch at Osianna. I posted about it awhile back, here's the post, but alas, no responses!
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/489795
    We go for lunch a couple of times a month, always good, the mussels are always great, and we usually get the octopus which has been delicious. A few misses, but overall a really nice option. We've never gone for dinner...can't really get past the no reservation policy.