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Italian Restaurant$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
  • ‎ןıɥd ʍ.
    "Tagliarini and pesto are lacking flavor."(2 Tips)
    Stephen J.
    "The hazelnut flan and zabaglione desserts are truly fantastic."(5 Tips)
    Robert G.
    "fresh pasta and peas."(11 Tips)
    Micha P.
    "Get the hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream."(2 Tips)
36 Tips and reviews
  • tagliarini
  • desserts
  • good for dates
  • pasta
  • pappardelle
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  • Bruce C.
    Bruce CJune 30
    Great food and service! Nice mix of elegance and hospitality.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenMarch 23
    Try the Dow's Aged 10 Years Tawny Port - What's not to like about port? (via @Foodspotting)
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenMarch 23
    Try the Creme Caramelle - Yummy custard! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenMarch 23
    Try the Osso Bucco - Lovely lamb shank in tomato sauce with fresh pasta and peas. Yummy and more than enough to have lunch from the leftovers (via @Foodspotting)
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenMarch 23
    Try the Linguine Vongole - Baby clams and Manila clams in a white wine butter garlic sauce. Also available with red sauce. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenMarch 23
    Try the Scallops Meuniere - Lovely seared scallops in a lemon butter sauce (via @Foodspotting)
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenMarch 23
    Try the Vino Belnero Banfi - Great Tuscan IGT - yummy! (via @Foodspotting)
  • ‎ןıɥd ʍ.
    ‎ןıɥd ʍɐןNovember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh no guys, what happened? Tagliarini and pesto are lacking flavor. Gnocchi has lost its wonderful mouthwatering appeal. I'll give it one more chance, but this is not the Osteria I grew up with...
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CrarySeptember 3, 2015
    Outstanding Italiano and very nice staff. New favorite.
  • Nana
    NanaJune 28, 2015
    Tastes like home made food. I'd rather stay home, cook and eat that! 😡
  • Angel F.
    Angel FuMarch 31, 2015
    A really cute Italian place. My favorite is their Spaghetti Carbonara. Also recommend their Tagliarini.
  • B
    BMarch 1, 2015
    The molten chocolate cake is pure lava, but delicious nonetheless
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoeJuly 14, 2014
    The food is always amazing...delicious
  • Christina R.
    Christina RathJune 11, 2014
    Great veal picatta- get it with creamed spinach as a side!
  • Gina
    GinaJune 9, 2013
    We were a party of two with no reservations on a Saturday night and I had to ask my friend to go in and get seated while I find parking. No problem getting seated.
  • Ms. Nicole
    Ms. NicoleDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fabulous food... Everything tastes delicious
  • Stephen J.
    Stephen JacobDecember 14, 2012
    Tasty as always. There are very few restaurants as consistent in quality (and good!) over multiple decades as Osteria. The hazelnut flan and zabaglione desserts are truly fantastic.
  • Tuhin K.
    Tuhin KumarOctober 28, 2012
    Ask for the special dishes. They are often good.
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WhiteMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great service to match the food.
  • Meredith D.
    Meredith DozierApril 29, 2012
    Yummy pasta! The complimentary bread is fresh & divine. But our waiter was completely creepy and awkward.
  • Micha P.
    Micha PoratApril 18, 2012
    Get the hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream. Wow.
  • Denaya D.
    Denaya DaileyApril 15, 2012
    So yummy you can't go wrong! I LOVE the buffalo di mozzarella!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HillMarch 3, 2012
    Food is amazing! Be sure to get a desert or two.
  • Jason F.
    Jason ForcierFebruary 11, 2012
    Veal Scallopine!
  • HD L.
    HD LeeJanuary 23, 2012
    Nice food, Reasonable price.
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy ChouDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the minestrone soup. Out of the pasta dishes, Penne Fantasia and Pappardelle Osteria are good.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HerzogNovember 12, 2011
    The dressing on the butter lettuce salad is delicious.
  • Maria L.
    Maria LambertNovember 12, 2011
    Watch out for the cranky maitre d. If you're missing one person from your party of 8, they won't seat you.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WheelerSeptember 10, 2011
    Authentic Italian.
  • Liz R.
    Liz RiceApril 8, 2011
    Disappointing - terribly overcooked pasta, grumpy host, hectic ambiance. Nice waiter, but that didn't really compensate for a plate of boiled mush.
  • Philip P.
    Philip PearlApril 8, 2011
    Not impressed I'm afraid. Pasta? and Strada much nicer.
  • Shobeir S.
    Shobeir ShobeiriDecember 28, 2010
    The family and chef straight out of Italy. I love the Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Olga
    OlgaNovember 21, 2010
    If they say it's 1 hr wait to get a table, pretend to leave to get one immediately
  • Gary L.
    Gary LoitzNovember 12, 2010
  • david l.
    david leeAugust 13, 2010
    Spinach with meat sauce is really good side
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱December 9, 2015
    Tagliarini Verdi Con Gamberetti.
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