Excellent lunch experience
I was in the Collegeville/Trooper area today and stopped for the first time at Osteria (3835 Germantown Pike, Collegeville). I had worked up an appetite browsing the aisles at the nearby Wegman's. Osteria's unwelcoming (sort of rundown) exterior houses two small dining rooms in Tuscan decor. The place was clean (including the rest room!), the waitress was notably cordial and the food was very good. I ordered linguina with mussels and clams ($13) in white sauce and was shocked by the massive amount of clams and mussels that arrived after I eaten a sizable salad and several slabs of excellent crusty bread. I took half of my seafood and linguini home -- the serving was that large. My friend ordered a crab cake ($12 or $13) platter: spring mix salad starter followed by a "scrumptious" (her word), moist crabcake with "absolutely no filler -- all crabmeat". My friend was disappointed that the vegetables (fresh broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) were cooked al dente, as she prefers hers well done. (I prefer al dente vegetables and would have been very pleased.) Osteria has a liquor license so we ordered the recommended Hoegaarden (sp?) on draft with a wedge of lemon. Delicious and refreshing! And, finally.....dessert. I was stuffed from lunch but had seen one of the desserts ordered by another table. My friend and I ordered the same to share: a coconut lemon cream cake (or some such name). That cake is out of this world! If Osteria fails as a restaurant, it could clearly succeed as a bakery if the other desserts are as good. Collegeville is not around the corner from where I live, but I will definitely go out of my way when in the West Norriton area to stop at Osteria. It was such a nice experience. Oh....by the way...foodie here had to stop at Taluto's on Germantown Pike, a few miles away, for yet more goodies.