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Osteria.

As I said last week, my family & I celebrated my birthday at Osteria in Philadelphia…one of my favorite restaurants.

The table was set really nice when we first sat down…

Shortly after we sat down, the lemons (which were real by the way) were replaced with delicious bread…

I don’t want to make this a really long post, so I am going to quickly recap most of the food we had that night…or at least try to…

Three awesome pizzas…

Marinara - crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, oregano, & garlic.

Parma - mozzarella, fontina, arugula, and prosciutto di parma.

and my personal favorite…

Polpo - Octopus, tomato, red chili flakes, and smoked mozzarella.

I loved the smoked mozzarella on this pizza.  Next time I make pizza I am definitely making one with smoked mozzarella!

Next up…I ordered this…

Fusili with fava beans, pecorino and mint.

Really good, nice and refreshing taste.  Another pasta I ordered was…

Robiola Francobolli with royal trumpet mushrooms and thyme.

This was awesome.  I ordered this the last time I went to Osteria.  I love their Raviolis…they are tiny and practically melt in your mouth.

Mozzarella in Carrozza with olive oil poached pear tomatoes and capers.

Rabbit "casalinga" with pancetta, sage, brown butter, and soft polenta.

Wild Halibut al cartoccio with olives, potatoes, and oregano.

House aged rib-eye "fiorentina" with grilled spring onions, watercress, and balsamic.

and we all ended the night with all different flavors of gelato/sorbetto…

Thanks Todd!! 🙂

I ordered Fior Di Latte (sweet milk), yogurt, and blueberry sorbetto.  All were amazing.  I was so stuffed by the end of the night but everything was absolutely delicious.

Todd & I

Hope you are having a good week so far.  Later this week I have an awesome summer recipe to share to help you use up some extra tomatoes you might have in the kitchen.

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Amis.

If you are familiar with restaurants in Philadelphia, you may be familiar with Vetri or Osteria.  Marc Vetri is the owner and executive chef of both of these restaurants.  This year, he opened up his newest restaurant in Philadelphia, Amis.

Just a few notes about Marc Vetri:

  • Trained in Bergamo, Italy.
  • Within two years of opening Vetri, he was named one of Food & Wine’s Ten Best New Chefs and received the Philadelphia Inquirer’s highest restaurant rating.
  • In 2005, Vetri won the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.”

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I have never been to his oldest restaurant, Vetri.  I hear amazing things about it… although, I hear it is a bit expensive.  While his other restaurants are still very expensive, I think it is worth it.  I have been to Osteria several times and it is definitely my favorite restaurant.  The other night I finally made it to his newest restaurant, Amis.  I thought that this restaurant was great.  I loved the portion sizes because it allowed us to try several things on the menu without going overboard.  I was expecting this restaurant to be a little less expensive than his other restaurant, Osteria.  However, I found that it was around the same price.  The quality and taste of the food was so good that I did not mind paying a good price for it.

Todd sitting at the table with the kitchen behind him.

Todd and I both started off with a glass of red wine.  I ordered the Poggio alle Sughere, Morellino di Scansano ‘06 (“coastal chianti”/dried cherries/balsamic; Toscana).  I am not a wine connoisseur but I really did enjoy this wine.  Todd ordered the Alpha Box & Dice, “Fog” ‘06 (nebbiolo/cab/tannat/licorice/smoke/leather; Australia).  He enjoyed it but thought mine was tastier so for his second glass, he went with my choice of wine.

To start, we ordered Brushetta.  We went with the imported Bufala ricotta and black pepper drizzled with olive oil.  However, they brought out a complimentary Eggplant Caponata Brushetta as well.

I was so happy that they brought out the Eggplant Caponata.  Both were awesome but I really liked the Eggplant Caponata better.  I wish I took a closer picture of it to show you, but there were pine nuts and golden raisins in the mix with the eggplant…so good!!

Todd is a big fan of Arancinis, so we ordered the Arancini di riso with meat ragu as well.

Arancini

While I probably would have never ordered this, I had a bite and thought it was pretty tasty.  Not my top choice, but Todd really enjoyed it!

I am a huge fan of the Raviolis at Marc Vetri’s other restaurant, Osteria.  Therefore, I knew I had to order them here.  I ordered the bufala ricotta ravioli with spring asparagus.

Yum.  Check out how tiny & delicate these are.  I love them.  They are nothing like those big, stuffed Ravioli’s you typically will see.  So delicious.

Todd ordered the gnocchi alla romana with oxtail ragu.

While I did not taste his, he seemed to really enjoy it.

We also ordered marinated fava beans and peas with ricotta salata.

This was delicious.  I love fresh and simple dishes like this.

After all of this delicious food, we had to finish it off with a delicious dessert.  Todd ordered an espresso, I ordered tea, and we split the Rice Pudding with Balsamic marinated Strawberries.

Delicious.  I love, love, love rice pudding.  Ever since I was little my Mom-Mom has been making our family rice pudding.  She makes the best rice pudding that I have ever tasted.  It was funny because apparently this rice pudding is the Chef’s Mom-Mom’s recipe.  I’d like to do a throwdown though because I think my Mom-mom’s rice pudding beats this.  However, this rice pudding was definitely my second favorite that I ever had.  Very good and the marinated strawberries were a good touch.

So, overall, I loved Amis.  Amis is definitely added to my list of favorite restaurants.  I already can’t wait to go back.  Now, I really have to try out his first and most expensive restaurant…Vetri.