Great Italian food in Philadelphia! Great Italian wine too! Ring the bells! Get your bellies ready!
I don’t want to sound snobby right now, but I have had a hard time finding a good Italian restaurant in Philadelphia that even comes close to matching the great restaurants we have in Providence. Yes, Philadelphia has a great foodie scene, but where are the Italians???
I found them.
My fabulous husband and I went to Osteria in Philadelphia with two of our friends for a weeknight dinner. Osteria isn’t in the most glamorous neighborhood, but it quickly draws you in. Upon entering the restaurant I knew we were in for a good night. The lights were dim, and the glow of the light against the walls gave the whole room a gorgeous amber light. I felt as though I had stepped into Florence, Italy. PB and I sat at the bar for a drink before our friends came, and I may have squealed when I saw the wine list.
Dinner was really great. The portions were a little on the small side, but that was my only complaint of the evening. We sat in the outside courtyard (it is glassed in) and had a great evening of food, wine, and laughs.
While we perused the menu we all had some bread with olive oil. I can taste when olive oil is fresh and when it has been sitting around- this olive oil was FRESH. It was so delicious and thick, for lack of a better word. I was in heaven. Also, my glass of wine was spectacular. It was pricey at $13 for a 3 oz pour, but it was one of the best glasses of wine I have had this year. Unfortunately, their extensive wine list is not online, and I did not take a photo of which wine I had, but I will be sure to write it down the next time I am there.
And Good olive oil:
The four of us shared an appetizer… A pizza of course! We ordered the parma pizza with mozzarella, fontina, arugula and prosciutto di parma (description from the menu). The crust was excellent- chewy and crunchy at the same time, and the peppery arugula was a great combination with the creamy cheese. Oh, it really brought me back to Florence! I miss Italy so much (did I ever share that I spent 8 months there?).
Look at that crust. Yum!
For my dinner I ordered the “Ribollita Ravioli”, with borlotti beans and tuscan kale (decription from the menu). For those that do not know, ribollita is a classic Tuscan soup. Also, borlotti beans are my absolute favorite type of bean, but they are not so easy to find! The last time I saw them I was in San Francisco! I was so curious about how these ravioli would taste that I had to order them.
My dining companions also had delicious meals. Nadine had the squash tortelli with amaretti and sage (description from the menu). This was even better than my ravioli. It is hard to find ravioli that are made fresh fresh fresh these days, but these tasted as though they were made in the kitchen just moments before we ate them. What I really lovedi was that they weren’t too sweet. Sometimes dishes with squash are on the sweet side, but this was savory, and completely lovely… Melt in your mouth good. (Yes, she shared a few bites!)
The boys ordered one of the specials of the day which was made from a whole roast pig. It was various parts of the animal and served with a few roasted potatoes. I did not try it but both of the husbands finished their dishes, so it must have been tasty.
You can’t visit a new restaurant without ordering at least one dessert. I never say no to dessert in a new place, because you never know what lovely treat awaits you. We ordered three different desserts:
Chocolate Flan with pistacchio gelato for Dave:
Fresh fig strudel with raisins and mascarpone gelato for Nadine and I to share:
Cannoli with Torrone gelato and candied fruits (I don’t have the exact description) for PB:
I had a bite of PB’s cannoli, and I had to go for another few tastes. These cannoli were amazing. Have you ever had Torrone? Imagine a creamier, smoother version of it. Perfection.
For fun… Dave & Nadine (who we credit for introducing us- we met at their wedding!)
I wore my new earrings that I bought on a shopping trip at an antique store with Leslie. I love them!
PhillyBoy and I:
Dinner at Osteria was so encouraging for the new girl in town (aka me), especially since it is close to where we live. I don’t consider myself “PhillyGirl” yet, but I love living in Philadelphia. Now that I have a restaurant I love and can’t wait to go back to again, Philadelphia really feels like home.