Plenty of restaurants these days have a multicultural heritage, but L’Osteria’s is particularly unique. That’s because this is an Italian restaurant that was actually founded in Germany, before opening up outposts in the likes of Austria and Switzerland.
The brand has a few locations on this side of the pond now, but made its UK debut at this Bristol site in the trendy Cabot Circus development, which is a large covered shopping centre that is also home to a raft of restaurants and bars, as well as 250 apartments.
While the restaurant’s menu may be proudly traditional, the dining room at L’Osteria is a thoroughly modern affair, adopting an industrial-chic aesthetic thanks to exposed ceiling pipes, hanging pendant lighting and polished wooden floors.
As the restaurant takes its inspiration from Italy, it should come as no surprise that pizzas are something of a speciality at L’Osteria. Before you get to them though, you can line your stomach with classic antipasti such as bruschetta or beef carpaccio. When it is time for pizza, guests can choose from an exhaustive list of XXL pizzas, which range from classic varieties to more modern propositions, such as Hawaiian and barbecue chicken.
If you are in the mood for pasta, L’Osteria has plenty of options that will pique your interest. You can opt for spaghetti carbonara or spaghetti bolognese, or you can stick to vegetarian delights with a mushroom risotto.
No Italian meal is complete without dolci (dessert), so see to any sweet toothed cravings by indulging with freshly made tiramisu, panna cotta drizzled with a strawberry sauce or chocolate souffle with mango and passionfruit sorbet.
L’Osteria is very much so a family-friendly restaurant; its extra-large pizzas are big enough to share between two and the pasta dishes are all available in smaller sizes for younger diners. Reasonable prices too.