Osteria Napoli is a small neighbourhood Italian restaurant along Renfrew and 1st Ave. It’s been there for ages but we finally had a chance to try it out when we saw the Groupon special.
Their sandwich board promises live music. However I think we got there too early so no music for us this evening.
Since it was a very early dinner, the restaurant was mostly empty so we had our choice of tables. Inside the restaurant was had a 80’s like decor, but all was clean and well maintained. It was a bit stuffy though.
We started with an Italian beer.
It was not satisfying because it was not ice cold. It was almost lukewarm. Not fun to have on a hot summer day. It would have been nice if they put the glasses in the fridge.
Complementary appetisers included this bread with some cheese and tomato sauce.
We also received dinner rolls.
These were like hot dog buns. They came from the oven so it was nice and hot with a bit of crisp on the outside.
For our appetiser, we ordered their Melanzane Alla Siciliana (baked eggplant).
While the server was bringing it, I thought it was or lasagne main. The eggplant was baked in a very rich and tasty tomato sauce with some melted cheese on top.
For our mains, we first ordered the Lasagna Della Casa.
It was a good size with lots of cheese melted on top. They were also very generous with the cheese between the pasta.
Next we ordered Spaghetti Alla Bolognese.
The meat sauce was also very rich while the pasta was cooked al Dante just as it should be.
Service here was friendly and the food preparation was efficient. The atmosphere could have been improved with better air circulation especially for a summer day with their windows facing west during evening sunset. Beer needs to be cold. Aside from these few hiccups, the food was good and this would be a nice neighbourhood restaurant to visit for enjoying some authentic Italian food.
SFDD gives 3 out of 5 Delights.