Chef/Owner Joe Cassinelli of the Alpine Restaurant Group (which includes the Painted Burro, Rosebud American Kitchen, Posto, and Posto Mobile), has added Osteria Posto, a high-end Italian steakhouse to the group. As a fan of the Painted Burro and Posto, I was excited that he was opening a suburban restaurant a relatively short distance from my home. Osteria Posto had a soft opening last week and I was invited as a media guest to check it out this week. Because they have only been open for two weeks, I'm providing my initial impressions and not a complete review. Once more time has passed, and I've dined there multiple times, then I'll provide a more detailed and official review. I will say that my initial visit was impressive and that the restaurant seems to be running very well.
Osteria Posto "features fresh and vibrant seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients, homemade pasta, and high quality meats." Sustainability is important to them and the restaurant is LEED certified and has a raised bed garden, designed by Green City Growers, which they hope will provide fresh produce in the Spring. The Executive Chef is Robert Fathman, who has thirty years of culinary experience and has worked at some New England restaurants including Grill 23 & Bar, The Federal, The Red Lion Inn, and Legal Harborside.
There are about 20 wines available by the glass ($9-$18) with a book of wines available by the bottle. Though Italian wines dominate the by the glass list, the bottle list has plenty of California wines as well as wines from other regions. In addition, there are about 21 beers, draft and by the bottle, on their list, most priced $6-$8.
Over the course of the evening, we also enjoyed several wines by the glass, including the NV Adami Garbel Prosecco (not too sweet, nice citrus flavors), 2014 Otella Le Creete Trebbiano (crisp, dry, tasty apple & citrus flavors), a Barbera (didn't get the name but it was the only one of the glass list--fruity and light), and the 2011 Barolo Damilano “Le Cinque Vigne” (a bolder wine, perfect for steak).
The Menu has plenty of interesting options and you could fill up on smaller dishes and never even make it to the Entrees. There is Charcuterie (6 choices from $8-$16), including many from the nearby Moody's Delicatessen & Provisons; Cheese (6 choices from $6-$9); Raw (6 choices from $16-$18), including Oysters, Steak Tartare, & Crudo Misto (tuna, halibut, salmon); Salad (2 choices from $14-$16); Appetizers (12 choices from $12-$16); Pasta (7 choices from $19-$26); Entrees (5 choices from $26-$34); Meat & Fish (11 choices mostly from $26-$44), including Bistecca Fiorentina, a 44 oz. T-bone for two people which is served rare for $90; and Vegetables (6 choices for $10-$16.
The steaks are served a la carte and you won't find the traditional steakhouse sides here. There isn't potato au gratin, mac n' cheese, creamed spinach, or similar such dishes. Instead, you'll find items like fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, chicories and cauliflower. The restaurant appears to be opting for more healthy and seasonal options.
In addition, we got to sample an Oyster, with yuzu granita, olive oil, & black pepper. It is basically an oyster slushy, and I enjoyed the citrus taste of the yuzu atop the briny oyster. We also tasted some of the Trippa (aka Tripe), with a spicy romana sauce & pecorino. I'm not usually a tripe guy but I loved the Trippa at Posto, and the Trippa here is obviously similar and just as tasty. Tender and flavorful, this dish would convert any Tripe hater.
As for Desserts, you have 7 choices, priced from $7-$11, as well as 6 different Italian cheeses.