In Cranston Rhode Island...after having picked Lilly’s sister up at the TF Green airport...just as planned and right on time...we stumble upon a cozy little Italian bistro in Cranston RI...who knew...”L’Osteria”...Family owned...so much so that when we pull up...the owner, his wife and four kids, the owner’s brother, wife and kids have taken possession of the two sets of tables on the restaurant’s porch front....they are eating pasta and bread and drinking wine and eating dessert pastries and drinking espresso throughout the evening...welcoming guests and urging potential customer to come join them. We accept the invitation and are glad of it...Parking is a bit of a challenge but successfully resolved. The interior of the restaurant is “Italian Bistro” decor. The ceiling painted tin. The menu Southern Italian. The wine list passable. The bread hard crust, soft interior, garlic butter. The noise level is certainly and unfortunately energetic. But the service is good in a casually enthusiastic way. And the food is a near perfect comforter after having been on the road for 12 hours with hours more to go before we were done. Excellent mix of pasta done right with spices and herbs: for me fettucini and a little red sauce, black olives and anchovies...Puttanesca...for my wife - mushroom Tagliatelle in a light cream sauce and for her sister a seafood pasta. Espresso and lemon tarte for dessert. If we lived nearby, I think that we would eat here often...and invite our friends and family to join us.
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