640 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1913039.964316 -75.161119
Monday To Wednesday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Wednesday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Thursday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Thursday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: North Philadelphia, Fairmount/Art Museum
Still one of the best in town: rustic, honest, impossibly deep flavors define this casual spot. And yes, the pizza is still as great as anything you'll find in NYC.
You have to be a foodie to understand – I have to disagree with the previous reviews. This place is everything that the professional food critics have been raving about. Osteria is not the sort of food that caters to the masses (hence no herbs in olive oil. It is such good grade of olive oil that it does not need to disguise by herds.) It is true Italian cuisine. The food is simple, yet usually cooked to perfection. Granted every chef has his off days, but I have yet to be disappointed. The two negative things I must mention is the service. There are too many servers to a table. You never seem to get the same person twice, which is annoying when you need a refill on your drink order. The other negative is the wait even when you make a reservation. All in all, the food is usually incredible and up to the expectations that Vetri restaurants are known for. Try to go on a weeknight. It?s not as crowded
Disappointed – I am totally in agreement with the other reviews on Osteria. We were very disappointed! We had 8:30pm reservations on a Wed. and they didn't seat us until 9:05pm. When we were finally seated we weren't given even the slightest apology or offered a glass of wine on the house. Staff (except for bartender who was very nice) was without much personality. Food was okay, but I certainly wouldn't trek to N Broad for it again. Someone at our table ordered the lobster which was excessively salty. Perhaps the sauce sat for too long and over-reduced. When we told the server about it she said that she had talked to the chef and that it wasn't too salty. I'm not sure that is the best way to earn a return customer! Overpriced and out of the way for what it offers.
Big Disappointment – I went to Osteria last night with great expectations given the good reviews and hype, and left majorly disappointed. For one, the location of this restaurant is very unfortunate because it is really not walkable from Center City. The actual space and decor of the restaurant is okay -- I did like the wall that was made up of pieces of wooden wine boxes, but overall nothing about it was too striking. I sat at a 2 person table with my boyfriend and felt like we were far apart. The wait staff was pleasant enough and attentive, but the real problem is that the food is so BLAH! Both my boyfriend and I were uninspired to really try anything on the menu, and we even passed up on our usual appetizer and dessert because nothing looked good. The complimentary bread was decent, but the olive oil they give for dipping had no herbs or spice to it. I ordered the salmon main dish, and even though it was not much food, I did not finish it and was turned off by the fact that it was uncooked through the middle and hard to cut through with my fork. My boyfriend ordered the chicken, and again he did not finish his meal and wanted to tell the people next to us who were also ordering the chicken to "pick something else"! Another problem I had with this restaurant is that our food came out too quickly and we literally were in and out the door in 40 minutes. At such an expensive restaurant, I want to sit an enjoy my evening. It was very disappointing to have spent so much money on such a quick and unappetizing dinner! I gave this restaurant only 1 star because I thought the wait staff was nice, but I would never recommend it and have already told several people to save their money and go elsewhere!
Just OK, overall disappointed – After reading so many great things about this restaurant, we were excited to try it last night. Didn't have reservations, so sat at the kitchen bar. I don't know if it was a case of having too high expectations, or that we just ordered the wrong things, but we were very disappointed.
Started with a pizza with mushrooms. It was OK, but the crust was toooo thin and it was rather greasy. There was nothing special about it, especially for $18. We shared a few other appetizers: fried mozarella, which was very good; artichokes, which were burnt; polenta that had a gluey consistency; and a pasta and crab salad that was OK, but it contained shells. I told the waiter about it, and he apologized, but did nothing. Didn't take it off the bill or offer us a drink or desert.
It is getting a lot of buzz, but I am not impressed. For the price, it is definitley not a place I would frequent.
an array of delicious plates and excellent pizzas – For those who think of homey, tasty, and inexpensive Italian food when hearing ?Osteria? ? well, getting two out of three is not bad if you can afford the prices of Marc Vetri?s second restaurant venture. The warm brown tones of the nicely styled restaurant are inviting and there is an informal and relaxed air in the almost always full restaurant.
The menu features something for everyone hungry for Italian-style dishes. A wonderful plate of salumi, including lardo, mortadella, intense salami, and nutty prosciutto, is a great starter made even better when nibbling at the same time on the fabulous grissini made in house. For vegetarians, there is a fine array of freshly grilled seasonal vegetables. I never miss the wood-grilled octopus plate, the lightly charred tentacles providing a salty counterpoint to the potatoes on the plate. And then, of course, there are the pizzas: perfectly fired pies with wonderful toppings ? clams, snails, eggplant, or the simpler but perfect margherita. Of the pastas, I could eat a triple serving of the robiola francobolli (stamp-size ravioli), and I like the robustly seasoned gnocchi sardi (the prosciutto makes them nicely salted). I am less fond of the bucatini with testa ragu (finding the ragu a tad bland and the bucatini overcooked).
Of the main plates, the choices are many. I loved the stuffed bay lamb, the wood-grilled halibut, and the rabbit. The aged rib-eye for two will satisfy the most intense carnivore desire. The wine list is interesting and priced fairly, with many uncommon Italian wines that match the food very well.
A couple minor complaints ? the saltiness of some dishes is very pronounced and the appetizers plates tend to be quite small for the price. Also, when I ordered the cheese plate, three of the five cheeses were very similar, aged hard cheeses. These are minor quibbles. Jeff Benjamin and Marc Vetri have a winner on N. Broad street and I plan to eat at Osteria as often as my pocket book will allow.
Two hours and fifteen minutes for lunch?! CRAZY! – We went. Five of us. All but one ordered the pizzas. We waited 75 minutes for the food and the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. We were starting to get upset and the manager informed us that the cook had burned the pizzas. So, we had to wait even longer to get them. The waiter took 30 minutes to get my Diet Coke for me. He also spilled ice cubes all over the floor as he was filling a water glass and a table busser dropped a spoon on me. Then, for dessert, they had only 3 items on the menu. The waiter had to come back to tell us that they had run out of the berry torte! And, to top it all off, while we were there some sort of white substance started spewing out of a vent all over the cappucino machine and the floor. The food editor for the Inquirer and one of the owners were there during the 2+ hours we were there. Maybe that's why they neglected our table. OVERRATED, in a bad location, TERRIBLE service and mediocre food. I've never been more unhappy with a dining experience.
Big Disappointment ! – The main room, the staff, the sommelier, were all great. ? the back room, not so much. We were in the front but our expectations were not met. There were 6 of us and other than the excellent ?Ciareghi? (an in-house made type sausage) with sunny side up egg appetizer, the rest of our meals were ?OK to Good?. This is not what you expect in a place run by Marc Vetri. The ?Lumaca? pizza (snails, spring onions, mozzarella), as well as another snail appetizer were nothing to write home about. The biggest disappointment was the Gnocchi ? it not even being in the same class as his Spinach Gnocchi at his other location. Entrees including the rabbit, chicken and halibut were underwhelming. The lamb was good. With wine, tax & tip around $160 per couple. We?ll return to one of his restaurants again ? but not this one.
RUDE Bartenders – I have been to Osteria three times since its opening. Twice I have dined at the bar because it is ridiculously impossible to get a table. On both occasions while dining at the bar the bartenders have been completely miserable and just simply rude. Their lack of dining etiquette and poor service is completely appalling considering it is a "MARC VETRI" establishment. A friend who recently had dinner there experienced the same rudeness from the same bartender. One would think at $180.00 for dinner for two people, at the bar nonetheless, that the staff could at least be pleasant to you. One redeeming quality was the female sommelier who was outstanding with her wine recommendations. She very pleasant and hospitable - SHOCKING!
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