This past week was my mom’s birthday, so we decided to celebrate again down the city at a place called Osteria an Italian restaurant located in the heart of Philadelphia. The chef has won numerous awards for his take on classic Italian food from antipasti, homemade pasta and even Neopolitan and Roman style Pizzas. The ambiance was very nice and inviting and they also have a great outside area as well. They have a lot of GF options to choose from on their menu but they do not offer GF pizza crusts or pasta just yet. I will warn you that you should definitely make reservations if you’re planning on going.
To start the meal we had the vegetable antipasti..seasonal wood roasted veggies which included arugula, tomatoes, roasted corn, shishito peppers, zucchini and fresh parmigiana cheese . I also ordered the Little Gem Insalata which had fennel, peaches, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan crisps. The salad was good but it did have a lot of dressing and some of the lettuce was very soggy.
For my entree I ordered the Oven Roasted Halibut which had a tomato vinaigrette and included spinach and zucchini which had a pickled taste to me, but went well with the rest of the dish. It was also topped with a bit of mint and olives which was a great addition to the halibut. Some of the items offered on the menu do come family style, so we also decided to get a side of the Roasted Potatoes with garlic and rosemary and they were fantastic. They were cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of crisp to them.
I don’t normally get dessert but this sounded way too good to pass up and it was already GF…Polenta “budino” (which in Italian means custard or pudding). It was gianduia mousse and candied hazelnuts. This was my absolute favorite part of the meal! I’ve never tasted anything so rich and full of flavor and it just melted in my mouth. I would go back just to have this dessert! It was a great ending to a good meal and everyone left happy.