FOOD & DRINK

For Unique Italian Dining, Try Atlanta’s Osteria Eatery

Atlanta is among the top cities in the country for its high-end shopping, luxurious homes, and top-rated restaurants. There are many famous attractions and well-known sites, including The World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the Mercedes Benz stadium, and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights.

Atlanta is filled with activities for people of all ages, and fine dining is easy to find. Top Atlanta-born restaurants include The Sun Dial Restaurant that sits atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, a rotating bar and restaurant famous for its stunning views of the city and exquisite brunch, lunch and dinner.

Others include The Varsity, Bones, and the Colonnade restaurant in midtown. Among the many fabulous restaurants is one dear to my heart. Osteria 832 Pizza & Pasta at 832 North Highland Avenue in the beautiful neighborhood of Virginia Highlands. Osteria is the Italian word for a neighborhood eatery serving up wine and made-from-scratch food prepared with simplicity.

Just a short five minute walk from my house, Osteria was created by Richard Chey in 2003. Interestingly enough, I actually attended school with both of his daughters for many years. My father, who works for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, is one of their main alcoholic beverage suppliers.

Luckily for me, his partnership with the restaurant and my family’s weekly Friday night dinners landed me a job as a hostess there in the summer of 2017. As I began learning how the restaurant business works, and specifically Osteria, I soon realized what sets Osteria apart from other Atlanta restaurants. 

The friendliness and hard work of each individual can be easily seen by every customer. Each employee is there to make the customer’s experience the best it could possibly be by exceeding expectations with service, speed and food quality. 

Specialty items include Osteria’s famous thin-crust pizza, known for its flakey, delectable texture, light consistency, and perfectly melted cheese. Their pasta sauces are created in house with the freshest tomatoes and high quality Italian olive oils, herbs, and spices. The pasta itself is made fresh each day, and there are a variety of choices, including a gluten free option. 

Along with their savory dinner dishes, Osteria provides brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. On their brunch menu, customers can find dishes including their famous Highland benedict and their tasty breakfast pizza. A personal favorite, the benedict pizza is made with two poached eggs, pancetta, spinach, mozzarella, and is adorned with hollandaise sauce.

Osteria is known for its outstanding service, reasonable prices, and fine dining, and the restaurant serves many imported wines. The wine list includes white wines from the California coast, red wines from the vineyards of Oregon, and sparkling wines from Spain.

Osteria’s atmosphere is another attraction. At the front of the restaurant, the customer is welcomed by the hostess and has the option of sitting under the shimmering patio lights or in the homey dining room. Both two-person and 4-person booths line the edges of the restaurant, while comfortable wooden tables fill in the center of the dining room.

On the left side of the restaurant, the bar stretches across the wall and provides a casual, welcoming vibe where individuals and couples can dine away from the main seating area. Decorations are simple, including dim lighting, wine cases scattered inside the restaurant, and chalkboards that reveal daily specials. 

After a long day at Buckhead shops, or even a visit to the High Museum of Art, Osteria is a perfect place to fuel up and is in a prime location, a short 10 to 15 minute drive from just about anywhere in Atlanta. 

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