Great night at L'Osteria
I just wanted to thanks all the previous posters with their spot-on reviews of L'Osteria. We had some out of town guests visiting who really wanted a red sauce experience that wouldn't burn a hole in their pockets. We had a blast! Excellent bread....nice crust and firm chewy texture. Their $7 Chianti glass was a great value (D.O.C.G.!!), as were the Caesar salad for 2....not too much dressing and the olive oil and lemon really shined through. Our friends loved their antipasti. Dishes were all thoroughly enjoyed by all including manicotti, clams/garlic/linguine, Chicken L’Osteria and Veal Braciolettine. I had the clams, and the only draw back was they were fresh/chopped. I would have preferred in the shell, but the sauce/preparation was so good that I didn't mind in the end. Some places give you such a watery concoction that you end up with plain tasting pasta and clams. Theirs clung well to the pasta and had plenty of garlic/oil/butter. We had a young child with us and they were very accommodating. Service was great.....we had order a side of pasta w/butter and cheese for the little one, but it came out with a creamy garlic sauce which she wouldn't touch..they removed it as soon as we mentioned it and they returned very quickly with a replacement. The total came to $138 for 5 adults, 1 kid before tip. (no dessert, wine for everyone). Validated parking in parcel 7 came to $3....we'll be back!
My old boss was the quintessential salesman, always knew the right way to get to the heart of what a prospect wanted with aplomb and tact. L'Osteria was his favorite place in the North End to entertain clients. It's not really my favorite style of Italian food, but his guests always raved about it, which was of course the point.
Thanks for posting this...I lived in the N. End for many years and L'Osteria was always one of my favorite places when I wanted a good basic meal and didn't want to break the bank. If you like veal, try the veal agrodolce (red wine vinegar and wine sauce) next time - delicious, and not something I've seen on any other menu in the neighborhood. It's a family-owned place and they are kid-friendly - first time I had lunch there many years ago, the family kids (looked around 12) were bussing the tables - some of them are probably running the kitchen at this point. <g>