Chris McKiernan is trying to educate folks eating at Osteria, his new downtown Springfield Italian wine and appetizers bar.
“I need to educate folks on what pairings go finest with conventional Italian entrees,” the restaurant proprietor mentioned. “Individuals aren’t used to Italian wines right here, we are able to’t wait to introduce them to Springfield.”
Osteria, which implies “tavern” in Italian, could have meals and wine that an entire desk can share. Visitors can anticipate to dine on Italian home made pasta dishes in addition to some smaller Mediterranean-influenced plates. Osteria will serve a assorted assortment of Italian white and purple wines — together with Il borro toscana, moscato d’asti and piemonte barbera — that may be bought by the glass.
McKiernan is partnering with property supervisor Matt Hubeny within the opening of Osteria.
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The restaurant’s grand opening date hasn’t been confirmed but. Nonetheless, McKiernan plans to host a sequence of soppy openings in the midst of December.
“We’ve been taking early reservations and we’re already booked out by December,” McKiernan mentioned, including that dozens of wide-eyed potential prospects have stopped in the midst of visitors to peek by the institution’s opaque home windows since its July announcement. “Tons of individuals have been developing and questioning who’s shifting into the outdated Cafe Manhattan.”
Osteria arrange its marble bar, ambient lighting and conventional Italian decor within the outdated Cafe Manhattan constructing at 301 Bridge St. — straight throughout from McKiernan’s different downtown Springfield restaurant, BarKaya, on Worthington Road.
“We’ve obtained some large footwear to fill,” Osteria Head Chef Tim Matusko mentioned. “Individuals liked Cafe Manhattan, we’re excited to convey a brand new ambiance to the area and reside as much as folks’s expectations.”
Forward of opening week, the top chef has labored diligently with McKiernan in establishing a sturdy menu crammed with tight appetizers and small entree plates that the 2 mentioned will pair “completely” with the restaurant’s number of wines.
“We’re tremendous excited for folks to attempt the focaccia,” Matusko mentioned.
Osteria’s grilled focaccia with roasted tomato confit small entree and ossobuco alla milanese particular entree with celeriac and parsnip purée are simply a few dishes the top chef can’t wait to organize for diners.
Slice Italian meats and cheeses just like the restaurant’s soppressata, mortadella and burrata can even be provided at Osteria together with different small entrees and appetizers.
Visitors in search of substantial parts will be capable of buy one of many restaurant’s seasonal specials. Throughout its December opening, Osteria will serve black pepper quick rib, lobster tagliatelle and winter vegetable risotto specials.
“Have you learnt we’re additionally doing flights?” McKiernan mentioned.
Osteria will deal with friends to a variety of flights together with buffalo mozzarella, gelato, home-made pasta and its signature wine flights.
Though the Italian restaurant focuses on wine, diners will nonetheless be capable of buy conventional cocktails and combined drinks corresponding to its house-made limoncello — a conventional south Italy liquor.
Painters and different inside design staff may very well be seen scurrying all through the restaurant as Osteria prepares for its grand opening in a few weeks. McKiernan mentioned the development of Osteria’s second-floor balcony venue is almost full — the higher stage will host non-public events and occasions.
“We’re simply lastly excited to open our doorways to the general public. Can’t look ahead to folks to seize a glass of wine after work, sit back and revel in themselves,” mentioned the proprietor.