Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Taste of Italy finally comes to Alexandria!

I recently celebrated my birthday at the newest hot spot in my neighborhood, Osteria Marzano (OM). This gorgeous Italian restaurant opened it's doors in the Kingstowne neighborhood of Alexandria, VA this past June serving the best of Italy in town!

Chef/Owner Carmine Marzano partnered with his daughter Elena to bring this Italian jewel to Alexandria - serving handmade pasta, brick oven pizza, hearty meat and fish dishes and a great wine and beer selection.  For those who frequented Chef Marzano's former Penn Quarter shrine, Ristorante Luigino,  you will be relieved to know that several dishes can be found at OM.  The homemade pastas are a sure bet. Oh, and that fabulous sauce! My must have dishes are the arancini; pizza with buffalo mozzerella and prosciutto; any of the homemade pastas - I especially enjoyed the pappardelle al ragu d'natra.  When I want a healthier option I like the pollo arrosto or the branzino.  And never leave the table without a cappuccino and the house made tiramisu -- it's to die for!  The stunning marble bar is a quick and elegant spot to dine -- and making a trip to The Loo will definitely keep your attention.  You'll see what i mean.  Think jewel box.

Having had the honor to know Carmine and his family for over 10 years, I can attest to the authenticity of OM's Italian cuisine and warm hospitality that will win over Alexandrians and Washingtonians alike.  Dine with me at Osteria Marzano - you'll have no regrets!!

To get into the kitchen of OM, join Chef Carmine for an intimate afternoon series of Cooking Classes.

Saturday, October 12 – 11am
§  Eggplant Caponata
§  Arancini 
§  Calamari Fritti w/ Pantesca Pesto
§  Cannoli Siciliani

Saturday, October 26 – 11am
§  Pappa Al Pomodoro
§  Schiacciata Bread w/ Rosemary
§  Pici Pasta w/ Wild Boar Ragu
§  Cantucci Biscotti w/ Vin Santo wine

Maximum number of people per class is 20, on a first-come, first served basis. Children over the age of 12 are welcome, and will be charged the full price to participate in the class. Reservations will be considered confirmed when payment is received. All confirmed reservations are final.

RSVP with name, # of participants, and contact info to: info@osteriamarzano.com