Daily: 10:00 - 22:00
IO Italian Osteria aim to bring the smells, flavours and atmosphere of traditional Italian tavern back to life in modern-day. We want to spread the truthful Italian concept of conviviality, in order to rediscover a rich and important gourmet and the pleasure of spending time together.
From the open kitchen, the culinary team prepares IO’s menu from scratch with only the finest fresh high quality ingredients.
IO Italian Osteria is not only a tavern open from breakfast to dinner; it is also a great place to find distinctive Italian delicacy items, food and beverages.
Great little find for authentic italian food, affordable even with wine. Pizzas look bready but are light and cripy.The baked pork belly is d*** good too. Great place to chill out with friends at any time of day. Full review and pictures here.
The food was subpar. We were very disappointed with their pastas. They were starchy and tasted like flour. We also tried their salmon which was dry and served cold. Sorry to say but their risotto reassembled vomit. It frankly tasted like overnight rice and the cheese coagulated so it looked like someone regurgitated it. The Italian waiter (or could have been manager) was unprofessional and ignored us for a good 30 mins even though we made a reservation. Thumbs down for us.
This is a restaurant with very relaxed vibes and good food.
We started with Schiacciata truffle, which was a lovely crusted bread stuffed with truffled topping, and which was truly delicious. We also ordered a burata special - while expensive at $38 before taxes, it had a nice big chunk of burata cheese, though it could have done with a bit more ham.
We had two pasta dishes, the Orecchiette pork and the special tuna pasta for the day. The pork dish was done in saffron sauce and was well liked, while the tuna, which had pine nuts in it, was okay, though was also on the pricey side at $32.
The braised beef was recommended by the server in lieu of the roasted chicken. It was braised in beer and came with a side of mashed potato, was tender, but was also a little dry.
Desserts were too sweet for me, though some of the party liked them. We had the panna cotta with caramel (the best dessert), a Zuppa Inglese and a dessert of the day, which was something like a meringue.
Staff are mostly of Italian descent and service is pretty good. Parking can be limited, so you might need to wait for a
A couple of friends had been to Italian Osteria and recommended it. Finally got a chance to visit with a friend and we were not disappointed. We ordered the Porchetta and Burrata starters, and pepperoni pizza and parma ham pizza as mains.
The portions were good, and taste was spot-on.
The pork belly is definitely a must-have, with aromatic meat and good crackling.
The parma ham and pepperoni used were excellent.
An uncommon fact about this restaurant: they serve wine in 1/4L format as they dispense from kegs. I thought it was an excellent fact because it caters for smaller groups and also patrons who may want to drink different types of wine as the night continues.
If I had to pick a negative, it would be the service. While we had reservations, we were made to wait. Furthermore a couple of service staff were curt and did not give accurate descriptions of the menu items. This definitely needs improvement.
Overall, a place I will definitely return to.