Osteria Morini

Living in DC has its problems. Being far away from New York, I can only occasionally taste the creations of Chef Michael White. I miss the casual vibe and the impeccable pasta that Morini has to offer.

It was safe to say that I was ecstatic when I heard that Osteria Morini has a branch in the capital.

Osteria Morini DC has the same aspects of what made its NY sister so popular: amazing pasta, great appetizers, and very casual vibes.

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Polpettine-Prosciutto and Mortadella Meatballs Baked in Tomato Sauce

I start off with the usual meatballs. Like the ones in New York, these meatballs are deliciously tender yet still retain a succulent bite to them.

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Battilardo-Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano, and Spuma di Mortadella

A beautiful spread of prosciutto, cheese, and paté. The Spuma di Mortadella stood out the most, with the pistachio adding a layer of crunch while the balsamico contributing some acidity to the fatty spread.

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Squid Ink Bucatini, Scallop, Bottarga, Bomba Calabrese

Pasta is always the strongest point at any of Michael White’s restaurant. Perfectly chewy bucatini was coated with a spicy tomato based sauce, complimenting the soft and sweet scallops and calamari. However, the bottarga within this dish gave the sensation of being overly salty.

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Azélia Bavarese-Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse, Candied Hazelnut, Amarena Cherries, Chocolate Crunch Gelato

Solid dessert, hitting every note to end this satisfying meal.

It is very convenient to have access to one of my favorite casual eateries now that Morini is so close by. I can see myself going here very often.

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