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Osteria

One of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed restaurants, serving outstanding gourmet pizza

Osteria

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Description

Osteria owner and chef Marc Vetri is turning heads — literally. He’s bringing diners to North Broad Street, away from the dining epicenters of Old City, Midtown Village and Rittenhouse Square. And he’s doing it with pizza.

Marc Vetri, who was recently profiled in The New York Times, is also the creative force behind Vetri, Osteria’s Center City sibling.

But for now, Osteria is the sibling in the limelight. Philadelphia Magazine recently ranked Osteria as the city’s best restaurant. And it’s easy to understand why — Osteria serves outstanding, gourmet cuisine in an unpretentious, lively and fun space.

Cuisine

Osteria features a traditional Italian menu consisting of thin-crust pizzas, homemade pastas and wood-grilled meats and fish.

But in a menu full of enticing toppings — like squash, sweetbreads, and even caviar — the Lombarda pizza stands out for its startling medley of toppings. The gourmet pizza comes flanked with bitto cheese, mozzarella and cotechino sausage, finally topped with a baked egg.

Other specialties include: the rabbit casaligna with panceta and sage; wood oven-baked cod with tondini beans and broccoli; and the elaborate rib-eye fiorentina, meant for a couple to share.

To complement your meal, choose from Osteria’s 100-bottle Italian wine list — and afterwards, definitely try the decadent Nutella pizza.

Atmosphere

Osteria has a truly comfortable feel. Warm, cozy and even familiar, the restaurant offers some of the best cuisine in the city in a space that feels like home. It’s a combination that’s hard to beat.

Housed in a former garment factory, Osteria is designed to evoke an industrial setting, while high ceilings and large, sunny windows lend a loft-like feel to the restaurant.

Osteria features an open kitchen and wood brick oven, allowing diners to both see and smell the food they’re anticipating. Beautifully stained wine boxes decorate the main dining room, along with a vintage Faema coffee machine and antique Berkel slicers.

Insider Tip

Osteria features an open kitchen and wood brick oven, allowing diners to both see and smell the food they’re anticipating.

Also, during spring and summer, the alfresco dining area at Osteria — an adjacent garden — is a great place to enjoy the offerings.

Details

640 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-0920
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