Baccomoto Osteria sits right below the Cambridge Hotel on Riley Street, and it looks like they provide breakfast for the hotel guests. In the evenings, it’s been a reliable dining choice for many years for folks from the neighbourhood, no small feat when thinking about how quickly other restaurants have come and gone. The space is open and with little decor, but it seems cosy enough anyways, with the bar in the centre of the space (where people can also sit and eat).
I remember the pasta here as being wonderful, but we couldn’t go by the daily special: braise e barbera, braised lamb with a glass of Italian red wine of grapes which I learn are the third-most planted vines in Italy, but little known outside of the country. It seems the Italians hoard it for themselves. In any case, $25 for a main and wine seemed very reasonable when the mains alone range from $29 to $36. The lamb was pretty delicious. And the fennel and mozzarella gratin was amazing. So moreish. Add to this a simple salad and we had a lovely, easy meal before heading over to see Jens Lekman play at the Oxford Art Factory. Apologies for the quality of the photos. Sometimes the light just isn’t right for my iPhone.