Thursday, December 25, 2008

Osteria Bel Sogno Springfield, Pa

Sometime you find a neighborhood gem and want to keep it to yourself. I am all about sharing wonderful new restaurants with everybody out there. I met the owner of Osteria through a friend one evening when I was reviewing Steve Starr's new Parc bistro in Center City Philadelphia. We talked and I promised him that I would visit his restaurant in the near future. My partners in crime for dinner were Da Other Food Critic and his wife. Osteria is an intimate BYOB located in the town of Springfield just a few miles outside of Philadelphia. When you walk in you will be greeted by the gregarious owner Mario. And on the wall is a huge mural of a Mediterranean seaside town. The service was attentive and the waitress did a nice job of serving us throughout the evening. The menu is simple Italian cuisines prepared like you would at your grandma's house. The food is very comforting and the flavors simple and delicious. Da Other Food Critic noted that he will recommend Osteria to his parents who are of Italian descent.

Da Other Food Crititc & his better half

Roasted portobello mushrooms filled with mozzarella cheese and roasted peppers

Caprese Salad with Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and a drizzle of Pesto

Italian Sausage wtih Cannelini Beans and Brocolli Rabe

Linguine Pescatore the pasta was cooked al dente and the sauce had a nice fiery kick to it which complemented the fresh seafood.

Lamb Special was the highlight of the evening marinated 24 hours with herbs and spices and served with red wine reduction.

Pan Roasted Sirloin was prepared exquisitely with mushrooms and roasted peppers the sides were sauteed escarole and oven roasted olive oil potatoes.

Tiramisu is my favorite dessert and this was one of the best I have ever had. The marscapone cheese had a thin layer to it and the espresso soaked lady fingers just melted when you bit into them.



Mark said...

Nicely done and everything looks very tasty! Gonna have to pay a visit to Bel Sogno (Beautiful Dream)pronto.

jill said...

Actually there are two owners, Davide and mario. Davide makes all the soups, pasta and desserts. Hes a very humble guy. Maybe thats why you didnt notcie him because hes always in the backround(cleaning, cooking, and helping out with the staff). He is from rome, italy and has owned a resteraunt with his family making amazing food. Thats why the food at Osteria Bel Sognio tastes so authentic.

DaPhillyFoodCritic said...

thank you jill for giving Davide his props. take care

Tom said...

This restaurant is a shell of its former self. Owner, Davide, seems disinterested. The food is far worse than it was on previous visits. The restaurant is nearly empty most nights. I suspect this place will be closed shortly (as it is exhibiting all of the "classic" signs of a restaurant on its way out).