Talk about over 10 home-made pastas to choose from! Renown chef, Michael White, opened Osteria Morini in New York City in Soho and as well in New Jersey. This young, upcoming restaurant has received fantastic reviews and has been packed through Monday to Saturday every week! It's never not busy. Morini offers an italian home-styled setting and the food compliments the atmosphere. With antipastis to start, pasta to follow and if you're feeling ambitious a main course after that, you are sure to enjoy a wonderful experience at chef White's italian escape.
With their own cured meats, I highly suggest ordering a platter to share ($11 per choice, $19 for three and $29 for five). From prosciutto to bresaola, there are plenty to choose from. They also offer crostini which you can pick what toppings you'd like to accompany your one piece ($6) or three pieces ($16) or five pieces ($28). Veal Crudo, tonnato and a hard boiled egg, rabbit with porcini, cherries and orange, or even smoked trout with olives and sour cream could be a choice to have on your crostinis.
The menu has A LOT to offer, and it's great when you can have so many choices (it only asks that you come back to try the other items you hadn't). Entrées consist of many seafood options like that of Branzino, grilled mediterranean sea bass, and meats like that of duck breast ($28) or braised short ribs ($30). Oh and don't forget about the grilled meats and spit roasts they offer (yes, pork, lamb or a 32 oz dry aged prime NY strip steak for two for $79)... crazy!
Lastly, I was the only one who ate dessert that night, but I had a chocolate hazelnut cake with chocolate zabaglione and olive oil gelato ($11) TO SAY THE LEAST. AMAZING. Such a simple dessert but one of my favourites! Olive oil gelato was delicious!
There is always the case where you cannot decide for yourself on what you might order so they have offered a prix fixe menu available for $70 per person. Learn more here.
Overall I had a pleasurable experience in the living room like restaurant of an old italian barn house. The decor speaks to the 1700s farmlands of Italy. The noise level is pretty moderate but it's a lot of fun to be immersed in such close proximities with other tables whilst dining. The bar menu runs from 5pm-11pm and offer unique drinks and cocktails as well as a large wine menu.
Why go here? Well if you're in NYC I highly suggest Morini because of its home-styled cooking and comfort when dining. It's not pretentious whatsoever and affordable for being in the city. Having dined at many italian restaurants in the big apple, Osteria Morini landed a top spot on my list. Everything tasted absolutely true to the restaurant's roots. Buon Appetito!