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Restaurant Review: Osteria Papvero

Osteria Papvero: Delizioso!










Every time I go to this restaurant, I wonder why I don't go here at least once a week.  The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is even better.   As soon as Lindsay and I sat down for dinner, I knew I had a problem because all the choices on the Restaurant Week menu sounded fantastic.

As a first course Lindsay ordered the Ribollita.  It’s a thick soup with Tuscan kale, country-style bread, borlotti and cannellini beans.  I, of course, had a few spoonfuls and was impressed.  I ordered the Assaggio di Pesce: a shellfish and seafood sampler.  It consisted of a delicious scallop cake, an oyster and some calamari.  I’m a sucker for all those items so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

For a main course, Lindsay had the Cappe Sante: seared scallops, citrus and watercress salad with toasted almonds.  The scallops had amazing flavor and the orange and grapefruit slices were a perfect side.  I went with the Lombatello alla Griglia: a grilled hanger steak, potato puree and wild mushroom ragout.  The steak was tender, the potato puree was not too buttery and the wild mushroom ragout was delicious.

Lindsay chose Budino di Caramello: Butterscotch pudding for dessert.  I tend to not be a big fan of butterscotch, but that changed after tasting her dessert.  I went with Torta Barozzi: chocolate-coffee-almond cake, orange compote and toasted pistachios.   The cake had intense chocolate flavor, but it wasn't too rich.   I was a little skeptical when I saw the orange compote on top of the cake, but loved it instantly. 

The service at Osteria Papvero is always friendly, but not intrusive.  Its cozy atmosphere always makes me feel like I’m getting a home cooked meal from a friend who happens to be an amazing chef.




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