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Monday, 21 November 2011

Osteria dell'arte

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Sitting in Osteria with its light wooden tables, picture covered walls and the rustic bread/olive station, the general feeling is of Italian Nostalgia; cosy, homey and an expectation of good food.

Sharing a starter of tomatoes and mozzarella salad the meal started out brilliantly. This salad is so easy to get right, yet is also extremely common to get wrong. Osterias version was spot on, with vine picked tomatoes boasting deep earthy flavours and exceptionally creamy cheese, this dish hit the mark. One thing it was missing however was more basil, which would’ve made every fork-full just that little bit better.

Pasta for me has to be simple yet abundant in flavour. The squid ink linguine with crab, garlic, chilli and olive oil was cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of flavours which all complimented each other and had a party in my mouth. The dish did however lack the chilli kick which I was expecting, and therefore the chilli pieces added nothing but sporadic extra colour.
An Italian meal is nothing without some Tiramisu, and the Osteria homemade version delivered everything a rich, moist, mascarpone based dessert should do. I can’t fault it, and will go back for more.

Overall this is a great addition to the high st, and a great alternative to the Italian chains

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