If you haven’t heard, Dish Osteria in the South Side is closing! They’ve been open for 17 years and decided it’s time to take a break, and who can blame them? Seventeen years is a long time to do the same thing every day, even if “the same thing” is making amazing food.
Short story: you have until late April to say your good-bye-for-now’s, so hubs and I stopped in Friday. He had been planning on making reservations here for my birthday later this month anyway, so it worked out. And now I get two birthday dinners 😉
Even before they were closing, I would have recommended reservations. It’s definitely required now. We went in for 5, as soon as they opened, and barely got a table. We were so glad that we did, though!
To start, we ordered the grilled eggplant with fresh mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, Sicilian olive oil, and fresh basil. It was AMAZING. I can’t wait to try to recreate it at home.
I ordered the gnocchi bolognese and hubs got the cavatelli with short rib ragu. The gnocchi were pillows of heaven, which is exactly how gnocchi should be. Light and fluffy and flavorful. They reminded me of my grandma’s cooking, which makes sense since she is also from Italy.
The cavatelli were homemade (of course) and so tasty. They were al dente, and the ragu was delicious. We both agreed that we liked the ragu better than the bolognese – I liked that it was more tomato-y. I think my perfect dish would be the gnocchi with the ragu.
For dessert, we splurged. Instead of splitting one, we ordered the tiramisu and the chocolate bread pudding. We knew we loved the tiramisu from a previous visit, and it was just as good as we remembered. The chocolate bread pudding was a surprise favorite. Instead of the normal chunks of bread mixed with custard, it seemed like it was all blended together. There was a layer of molten chocolate and a hint of cinnamon in the pudding. The fresh whipped cream and berry coolie were the perfect complements.
I think I enjoy Dish Osteria so much because it reminds me of my grandma’s cooking. It’s Italian home cooking, but done amazingly well…seriously elevated comfort food in my book. Do yourself a favor and get in there while you can, although hopefully this is just see-you-later and not goodbye.