Wednesday, October 19, 2016


UPDATE: Sadly, Osteria Posto has closed for good.

uona sera! Eat Up New England and Mrs. Eat Up New England are just back from a breathtaking vacation in Italy. We have been craving Italian food, so we checked out Osteria Posto in Waltham, Massachusetts. In Italian, Osteria means a restaurant that serves wine and simple foods. Posto means "sit and relax." Perfect!

We were struck by the beautiful decor at Osteria Posto. It's really quite elegant, modern and spacious inside. Of course, they have a full far stocked with wine, beer and all kinds of spirits. I kept it local and ordered a Jack's Abbey. They brought us several rounds of bread with butter and olives. It was starting to feel like we were back in Italy again.

Appetizers include Caesar, sugar pear and arugula salads. They also have spicy mussels, shrimp cocktail and the ever-so-tempting "Nonna's meatballs." We enjoyed their lemon arancini, rice balls with mozzarella with just enough of a hint of lemon.

For dinner, I loved their "Mezzi Rigatoni," a veal, pork and beef bolognese. It was so tasty and so filling. Other pastas right now include a spinach ravioli, gnocchi with braised short ribs and squid ink pasta. Entrees right now include salmon, swordfish, steal, a Tuscan seafood stew and roast chicken.  I say "right now" because their menu is ever-evolving and changes with the seasons. Osteria Posto is so fresh that they grow their own herbs. They are in several bins outside to the left of the entrance.

Perhaps the most fascinating item on their menu is the "Whole Roasted Pig." They describe it as a "locally raised VT pig" served with herb sausage stuffing, roasted vegetables and a seasonal salad. It serves as many as 10 people. The pig is yours for $675 and requires two weeks notice.

Osteria Posto has a second location in Somerville. Eat Up New England can't wait to come back to try those meatballs!
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