Good evening Londonistas! I hope everyone had a spectacular weekend and is not suffering from the Monday blues today..
So, a few days back I got a request from a very special reader and one of my clients to do a few more posts about food since they enjoyed reading about my experience at Burger & Lobster so much. Well, ask and you shall receive. I’ve been meaning to write about this place for a while now, since it happens to be my absolute favorite restaurant in London.
Who doesn’t love Italian food? It is a cuisine that is truly made with love and I have found no better example of this in action than at Osteria Dell’Arte on Clapham Common High Street.
Osteria is like my second home in Clapham.. Every special occasion over the last couple of years has been spent there; Birthdays, anniversaries.. even my first ever date with the love of my life.. and while he’d like to say it was my charm and wit that got him back out on a second date I think it had something more to do with the mouth watering Papperdelle Alla Salsiccia he ate. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach after all.
On this occasion, we walked in on a Saturday evening and as always, the place was buzzing. The quaint little venue is always brimming with a mix of people from a range of backgrounds; Antipodeans treating their stomachs with good quality grub before hitting the favored Aussie/Kiwi hotspot “Infernos” a few doors down to local art students who come to not only enjoy the cuisine but to take in the local art that Osteria takes pride in supporting and promoting to posh ‘Old town’ residents out in big groups catching up over an authentic Italian meal. One of my favorite things about this place is that whether it is your first visit or your 100th, you will always be treated like a family member. In a city where service is often cold and impersonal, the owners and staff at Osteria really take the time and effort to ensure that each one of their customers receives the best possible service. Ushered to our booth in a matter of moments, I scanned over the menu even though I already knew it off by heart..
For my starter I ordered the Bruschetta al
Pomodoro & while I was tempted to go for my usual choice for the main.. Linguine Granchio E Rucola, which is a fresh egg pasta with fresh scottish crab and wild rocket, I instead opted for the Bistecca Di Manzo; a Ribeye Steak with grilled spring onions, watercress and a Bearnaise sauce.
I must admit, I only really started eating steak just over a year ago. As a former vegetarian, I couldn’t possibly imagine anything worse than a dead, bloody piece of cow slapped on a plate in front of me.. but my wonderful partner in crime cooked me my first ever steak just over a year ago (In all fairness, he had to burn it to a crisp before I agreed to eat it but still) and since then, I have slowly but surely been acquiring the taste for a good piece of meat, becoming more and more adventurous with how I have it cooked. In this instance, I requested for it to be cooked Medium Well.. and it was perfection. Served with grilled spring onions and watercress, there was not a stochy potato or overcooked carrot in sight, letting the meat do all the talking and the understated sides acting solely to enhance the flavors of the rib-eye and the Bearnaise sauce.
When it comes to desert, Osteria has a modest selection but every single one of those options is delectable. My personal favorite (and all time favorite desert) is the creme brulee which is easily in my top five I have ever tasted. After finishing desert, we were offered a complimentary after dinner drink of our choice from a range of Italian spirits.
Expect to spend around £35 each for a three course meal and a glass of wine, take it up to £40 each if you would prefer to share a bottle.
If you are already a resident of the area, chances are I don’t have to convince you of giving this place a try since you most probably have already been there.. But no matter where in London you reside, if you are looking for an authentic Italian experience where you get exceptional service, atmosphere and most importantly, quality food for your money, you should definitely drop in. It’s rare to find a place that is less focused on promoting themselves and more about promoting a sense of family and community via their food and Osteria Dell’Arte are executing that sentiment with perfection.
Well, that’s all for tonight Londonistas! Until the next post!
126 Clapham High Street,London
020 7622 0452