Osso Buco •
07 Oct 2013 • 40 reviews • 0 follower
Worth a try, though we didn't think the ambience was as cozy or romantic as we had expected. The wide tables make it a bit difficult to have a conversation with your partner without letting all your neighbours know what you are talking about. Still, we'd give it an 7-8 out of 10. We are divided over whether we would come back a second time given all the other Italian places out there.
We started by sharing an entree of mussels and clams flown in from Europe. This came in a great broth and we had to ask for extra bread to soak it up. The clams, about the size of your fingernail, were nice and sweet though the mussels were a bit ordinary. If we return, we'll go for the burrata or full plates of parma ham that one of our neighbouring tables had.
For the mains, we had osso bucco ravioli, which was one dimensional and disappointing, and a great orrechiette dish with crisp parma ham and fresh porcinis. Anything with bacon added tastes great of course, but this was a well conceptualized, well balanced but rustic and lusciously rich "cold weather" dish.
The service was fine although I was annoyed when a waiter tried to get me to upsize to a more expensive wine. It was superior to the one I had selected, but I didn't feel like paying $40 more. He just wouldn't stop pushing the other one, which was a bit embarrassing in front of my date.
Dinner for two, including a lovely Brunello Marronetto (order early to give it ample time to breathe) was around $300, on the pricey side given one of our mains was a dud.