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Mar 4, 2011 12:49 PM

Osteria -North Broad.....Been there recently?

Checked reviews here and on other boards. Reviews range from the best ever to really disappointed. If you have been there within the last few months or so we would love to hear your comments.

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  1. I'm in the best ever camp. Last time I went was last December, pre-theatre dinner.

    Pastas and pizzas are simple, but perfect in the detail. The polenta budino with hazelnuts is to die for (and I'm not really a dessert guy).

    I wish I could get there more often.

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    1. re: FrancisdeR

      I too am not a dessert gal and that budino is sublime!

    2. We were trying to get a reservation for 6 and it looks like a long wait....I have heard great things...especially about their pizza!!! Looking forward to trying it!

      1. Hmmm...I was there for lunch a couple months ago, maybe in December? I can't quite remember. Anyway, I've always been in the "love it" camp and found it to be as good as ever the last time I was there.

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        1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

          I ate there about two months ago, off their winter menu. I really enjoyed the quail with persimmon, and the chicken liver rigatoni.

          In my opinion, people have bad experiences there if 1) they are used to huge portions and like that. 2) the pizzas are different than what they are used to .. (and to be fair there are enough people complaining that there may be a consistency issue) 3) they order the entrees there.

          I strongly suggest you stick to apps, pizzas and pastas. Also remember you can order pastas in half portions which would allow you to try more and also not feel weighed down.

          You will most likely be told there is a special of a whole roasted pig. I had it once. I was VERY disappointed.Personally suggest avoiding it. In general though, the entrees are weakest dishes and you can make a great meal of the apps, pizza and pasta.

          Also since we are on the cusp of spring, Osteria is a great place to have ramps. They put them on pizzas and often have an appetizer with them as well.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I'd add 4) they are vegetarian. You can have a pretty good meal there if you don't eat meat but you are definitely missing out on their best dishes.

            1. re: Buckethead

              We're in the "love it" camp -- but agree with those who don't like the entrees. We have a pizza, 2 apps and 2 pastas -- my husband would order more than 2 but I don't let him! We try to go once a month. We absolutely adore the pastas and I don't think you have to order a half portion to try more than one. Hoping to go again this week,

            2. re: cwdonald

              >1) they are used to huge portions and like that.

              That's not me. I don't mind moderate/smaller portions if I think the quality of the food merits it. I left very (almost over-full) from Osteria with sharing 1 app, 2 pastas, 1 pizza, 1 side and 1 dessert. We even took home some food.

              > 2) the pizzas are different than what they are used to ..

              The pizza was quite good and quite in line with what I'm used to - it took multiple trips to Italy and learning to make pizza at home from good flour and the right equipment to realize that pizza was far more than greasy, yucky heavy stuff from a cardboard box for me. I'm all for authentic style pizzas and Osteria comes close to the mark for me, but in retrospect I'd prefer a lighter, crispier crust and there was an excess of un-topped dough on our pie (we ended up using it to spread around our artichoke side dish and better enjoy it.)

              > 3) they order the entrees there

              Nope, didn't. Just didn't find either of the pastas as amazing as I had expected them to be, and if I had ordered the pasta special my SO did, I would have sent it back for the pork being completely overwhelmed and lost in the excessive orange rind flavor. But he's not fussy and doesn't like to send back dishes or anything, so I wasn't going to complain at the time.

          2. Osteria will be a new experience for us. Thanks all for your comments and observations regarding the menu items. I find going in the first time with some knowledge based on experience is extremely helpful in having a good first visit.

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            1. re: Bacchus101

              I'd follow cwdonald's and Beulah's advice and get a pizza, 2 antipasti, and 2 pastas. The one time I got an entree there I was disappointed. The polenta budino dessert is fantastic.

            2. Any recent recs? The SO and I are finally going to get to Osteria tomorrow for an early dinner before going to a concert at Temple. We do love Amis and are all about authentic Italian pizzas and pastas. Would like to know what would be your "must have" dishes there for eaters with no restrictions (except I can't do heavily garlicy, but never had a problem with Marc Vetri's food in that regard.) I know I have to try to polenta budino if still on the menu...