In Italy there are three main types of eateries: “Ristorante” (the most expensive, with white table cloths & a formal dress code), “Trattoria” (a little more casual, but still with a set menu), AND the ever popular “Osteria”.
According to tradition an osteria is a place where weary travellers, finding themselves in a country town late in the day, can break their journey, rest & revive while sampling some good old-fashioned local hospitality.
The word “osteria” (Italian pronunciation: [oste'ria]) has its roots in the latin verb “to host” & it immediately implies a place where you can sit back & relax because someone is taking care of you.
Most importantly, there is no formal menu at an Osteria. What’s on offer changes daily according to the season & the creativity of the cook. One night you might find deliciously fresh Pasta al’Uovo (egg based fresh pasta), or perhaps La Porchetta (spice infused pork slow roasted in the woodoven), & the next it might be una bella Cozzata (fresh mussels), or perhaps hand made Gnocchi (potato pasta).
The secret is to simply sit back & ask the cook to feed you well & this they will do because their food is delicious, abundant & reasonably priced.
Suffice to say, in the Italian way of things, we aim to make you comfortable, feed you well & send you home with a full belly & warm heart. Our ever changing menu includes everything from Antipasti to Fresh Pasta, Traditional Woodoven Pizza to beautiful Coffee & Deserts – made fresh in-house & designed to tempt.
We post updates on our web & facebook pages, and you’re welcome to ring ahead to hear what’s on offer or book a table.