Osteria, Trattoria: the very words evoke the pleasure of dining out on great Italian food. In Italy, however, they denote much more than generic names for the Italian restaurants found in London and New York.
In Italy, an osteria has always been a popular restaurant among poorer folk and is typically simple and inexpensive, with a very basic menu. A trattoria maintains a similarly unpretentious charm but, if you’re on the hunt for something a little fancier, it is widely considered the more ‘upmarket’ choice.
What continues to make the Italian osteria and trattoria so special today? They showcase the best of authentic Italian spirit: an attachment to tradition, strong family loyalties and a passion for real, home-cooked food.
These types of eateries are largely family-run. This homely feel is evident as soon as you walk in the door. With mismatched décor reminiscent of a rustic living room, the shared common tables are always lined with eccentric and lively locals.