Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ovvio Osteria : New Fall Menu

2727G Merrilee Drive
Merrifield, VA
703-573-2161

Four appetizers + four salads + five pastas + three entrees + one pizza + three desserts + four glasses of wine = one fantastic new fall menu (and and even better thursday night!) at Ovvio Osteria. While everything was quite delicious, I've narrowed down a few favorites in each category for you. 

Starting off with the most important thing, drinks & happy hour. Ovvio Osteria has a pretty kick ass happy hour - even including $4 off their cocktails - which based off the one I tried and my dining companions tried is something that needs to be taken advantage of. It's very rare that restaurants offer a deal on any of their specialty cocktails
Out of the appetizers I really loved the White Bean Hummus $9 stewed white beans, roasted garlic, olive oil, balsamic drizzle served with grilled bread. This was incredibly smooth, flavorful and creamy. Pairing with the grilled bread intensified the flavor. Initially I was a little worried that this would be too beany like other versions I've had, but this wasn't the case at all. My other favorite that was the Mozzarella in Corrozza $10 house made mozzarella, brioche, roasted tomato salsa, salsa verde. Umm, hello - fancy grilled cheese as an appetizer. Sign me up. This was amazing and cheesy. Don't fear the salsa verde - it's an Italian verde, made with parsley and basil and other Italiany things. 
Ahh Pasta, how I love you so (excuse the photos, it was dark in the restaurant at this point in the night). Depending on your personal tastes you should be happy with any pasta here. My personal favorite was the Bucatini All'Amatriciana $18 (bottom left). It's a smokey and slightly spicy tomato sauce tossed with homemade pasta - perfection in a dish. Also, I deserve some bragging rights for trying the ravioli you see below - it was made with Veal Sweet Bread. If you can get past the sweet bread part, it really is quite a delicious dish. 
A self-proclaimed pizza expert I can vouch for Ovvio's dough and sauce. We tried a special of the night which was delicious (I also tried a breakfast pizza for brunch and the quality is consistent).  
If you are trying to cut carbs some, there are a couple of delicious options. My personal favorite was The Grilled Hanger Steak $25 carbonara onions, roasted new potato cake, rosemary sauce. The steak was cooked perfectly (which is quite clear looking at the photo below) and the sauce was the perfect accompaniment. The carbonara onions on top were a different, but very nice addition. If you are not a meat eater or looking for something a little lighter then the Grilled Wild Salmon $24 is the perfect option. Salmon is one of the few things from the sea that I will eat and Ovvio's version of salmon was delicious
Now, I normally don't go for dessert after having this complete of a meal but Ovvio offers sorbets and gelatos...and like my uncle says, you always have room for ice cream, it fits in between all the food in your stomach because it melts. There are usually 3 different sorbets and gelatos offered each night and are the perfect option for a little nightcap. 

Would I come back? I have actually been here for brunch 3 times in the past month or so since my original visit! I have not been back for dinner - but it will have to happen in the near future. 

Brunch Take 1
Brunch Take 2

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