Review: Osteria in Laurel Heights – Bargain Italian Food
3277 Sacramento Street
(between Lyon St & Presidio Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94115
After a trusted friend recommended this place as a great value, locals secret in Laurel Heights, I went to Osteria for some Italian food. My friend was right! I had always thought that, being on Sacramento Street, the bustling Italian restaurant was for higher-income budgets. Well, as another friend always says… rich people are rich ‘cuz deep down they like bargains, too. 😉
I had a pasta with meat sauce, and the price was only $1-2 more than the same thing at a Pasta Pomodoro down the street. The difference in taste was remarkable, though, so why not come here when you have some time to sit and catch up with a friend?
My friend and I didn’t make any reservations on Sunday night (though it was so busy, I will next time). However, we were seated promptly and were treated very nicely by the head floor guy. Be prepared for an even din, though not a racket, of noise. General patrons are locals, and they tend to run older or more family-like. I have no problem with that – as a Grubgirl, I’m all about the food. 🙂
The only caution I would provide for the true grubbers is that the size of the entree is not going to provide you with any leftovers for a second meal at home. In fact, I was only “just right” satiated, and I usually eat for 20 minutes more after that point. Fortunately, they do provide ample bread and olive oil for dipping. We were also treated to a wonderful emulsion of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and what seemed to be fresh pesto, so it looked like a pesto-colored hollandaise sauce. Truly divine.