Philly Eats: Osteria

First of all, thank you so much for all of your nice comments on my last couple of posts! It has been a busy, but exciting past few weeks. I never even got a chance to write out the food we ate during Philly Marathon weekend.

candele with wild boar bolognese

Knowing we would probably want Italian food the night before the race, I made an early reservation at Osteria. Osteria opened while I was living in Philly in 2007 and I had always heard wonderful things about their food. However, my friends and I were die-hard byob-ers at the time, so it kind of got overlooked. I’m so glad I finally got to try it during this trip.

artichokes alla giudia

We started with the artichokes alla giudia, which I promise tasted better than they look in the picture. They were basically fresh baby artichokes pan-fried until crisp. Simple and wonderful.

frisee salad

We also shared the frisee salad with baked sheeps milk ricotta, apples, hazelnuts and mostarda vinaigrette. I honestly never get too excited when ordering a salad out at a nice restaurant, but this one blew me away. The frisee was beautifully presented on a long board with thinly sliced crisp apples and what tasted like pieces of a fluffy ricotta frittata.

candele with wild boar bolognese

My mom and I both ordered the same thing after seeing someone order it at the table next to us: the candele with wild boar bolognese. The delicate long tubes of fresh pasta were perfectly coated in the rich bolognese. It was perfect, and definitely one of those dishes that I’ll remember for a long time.

I was a little too focused on my own bowl of pasta to try anyone else’s dishes…

marinara pizza

Matt ordered the marinara pizza. He said he enjoyed it, but he is a tough critic when it comes to pizza crust. (He prefered Motorino.)

rabbit “casalinga”

My mom’s friend Candace ordered the rabbit “casalinga” with pancetta, sage, brown butter and soft polenta, which looked phenomenal.

pumpkin ciambella

Of course, we had to order dessert. We shared the pumpkin ciambella with spicy hot chocolate and homemade fluff. I can never resist having donuts for dessert. These had a slight hint of anise flavor that I really enjoyed. I didn’t think it needed the fluff, but then again I don’t really like fluff. (I don’t know how I survived being a kid in New England without liking fluffernutters…)

chocolate flan with pistachio gelato

We also got the chocolate flan with pistachio gelato. It was much more like a molten chocolate cake than a flan, but it was absolutely incredible.

Overall, we had an excellent meal at Osteria. I’m still dreaming about that bolognese…

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