Dinner was to be Saturday evening, and on Friday I called for a reservation. The 6 o'clock slot was unavailable, but there was a table available at 5:30. That was fine with us. Our party consisted of my wife, my mother, my sister and myself.
It's a very popular restaurant, as seen by the nearly packed condition of the dining room. The only negatives, in my opinion, are the elbow-to-elbow placing of the tables and the noise level a little higher than desirable.
But the food, the main reason for dining there, is good to wonderful. There were several recited specials, in the appetizer, pasta, fish and dessert categories. I can't remember but a few. Except for dessert, we stayed with the printed menu.
Our waiter was efficient and businesslike. We were brought a basket of house baked breads and a meager dish of olive oil. But we got more olive oil on request. My favorite of the breads was the crusty loaf seen on top; the focaccia was too soft and sweet, but not unpleasant.
|There were some toothsome olives|
My mother and sister both chose fazzoletti, homemade ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, in a fresh sage and butter sauce.
Dessert: my recent history desserts had not been favorable, but Osteria Giotto succeeded in pleasing.
Sra. Cuevas had one of the specials: lemon sorbet on fresh berries, sided by a cloud of whipped cream.
My mother had a simple millefoglie. Berries and cream, again, on the side.
My sister had one of her favorites, a generously sized creme brulee.
I chose a molten chocolate cake, which had not the most attractive exterior, but was pleasing inside. Yes! More berries and cream. Just for the record, I didn't eat all the cream. There was also a scoop of ice cream and a puddle of superfluous chocolate sauce. Over the top! Not to be repeated on a frequent basis.
We all had coffee, which was decent if not spectacular.
Price: (We didn't see the check, as we were treated. But my estimate is $$$+ dollars per person.
Ambience: Bustling, crowded, casual.
Rest rooms: Nice, but capacity limited. There were short waits.
Special Note: No wine or liquor license. BYOB. No corkage fee.
21-23 Midland Avenue