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That's Amore!

Jamie Gwen | February 25, 2019 | Feature Features National

Prepare for a symphony of flavors when ordering the branzino al sale—a whole branzino baked in salt that balances well with the plentiful pasta offerings at newcomer Oliver’s Osteria.

It’s like eating in Florence—need we say more? Legions of Oliver’s Osteria fans are clawing for dinner reservations at this newly opened trattoria in Laguna Canyon, where the authentic cuisine is inspired by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. With only 62 seats combined between the cozy dining room and charming patio, the eatery is nestled in a plaza next to the Sawdust Festival grounds. Chef-proprietor Erik De Marchi hails from Los Angeles Italian restaurant fame, and his talent is apparent in every dish. He is a master of pasta—the majority made in-house—and savoring the carbonara, spaghetti vongole and Bolognese is a must. Oh, and did we mention the gnocchi, risotto alla parmigiana and papardelle porcini? Yes, do come hungry. And then there’s the showstopping salt-encrusted whole fish (seen here), the brilliantly tender lamb chops slathered in green herb sauce and the light-as-a-cloud tiramisu to finish. Indeed, the fare (and service) are downright exceptional—a ticket across the pond, not necessary.


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