Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Osteria 2350, Revisited

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to head into town for dinner at Osteria 2350. We have been there a few times since our first visit in June 2011 and we always have had a delicious meal for a not too steep a price and they validate parking - plus this time we had a City Dining Card. Here's what we gobbled up:
Bread and dipping oil. Really tasty foccacia and some baguette rounds with an herby oil.

Asparagus Salad - asparagus, homemade ricotta, Swiss chard, honey mustard vinaigrette. Delicious! Just enough dressing to add a terrific tang to the chard plus tender crisp asparagus. Plus homemade ricotta. We used some bread to wipe up all the tasty dressing and cheese smears on the plate.

Polenta - rock shrimp, fava beans, basil tomato confit. So good. The grits were smooth and creamy, plump shrimp bits, lots of tomato flavor. We again used some of our bread to wipe the bowl clean.

Daily special: Scallops with linguine and ramps. I didn't try this because of the ramps but SP said it was delicious - of course he loves seafood and ramps! Just enough broth to keep things moist and flavorful but not drowned.

Gnocchi - house made, fontina, parmesan, tomato sauce. I really wanted the lamb pasta, but our server said the lamb was braised in garlic, so instead I decided to try the gnocchi. Gnocchi is something we've never tried to make, mostly because I fear feeding myself hard, heavy, dense, gummy lumps of dough. These were soft and light, a bit crisp on the exterior, lots of melted cheese, a tasty tomato sauce. So good - I kept eating and eating even though I was stuffed and finally I stopped with only 2.5 gnocchi left on the plate. I was a little disappointed in myself that I couldn't finish them all, but they made a nice treat the next day.

Dessert: Mocha Pie. I think SP wanted the tiramisu, but we wanted to share, and I really wanted to try this, so he said OK. It was very good. We ate only half and took the other half home. The bottom layer is not as rich and dense as it looks, it's not light, but not heavy, and had a terrific mocha flavor. The top layer was nice and light. Definitely a good choice. 



Osteria 2350 remains a restaurant we really like. If you don't like pasta, this probably isn't the place for you, but if you like homemade pasta, this is definitely a place for you. There's also pizzas and sandwiches. The iced tea is fresh brewed. There is a beer/wine/cocktail list, but we just wanted iced tea. Our server was very friendly and made sure to check on the garlic for me. Definitely a place we'll keep going.


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