There are places to get either contemporary atmosphere, top notch service, or wonderful cuisine in Pittsburgh. Most of those establishments center around either Grant Street or Market Square. Rarely do you have occasion to experience all three elements of a 5 Star restaurant anywhere downtown. Even more rare is to find any one of these on a college campus.
But at Point Park University you can get all three and experience 5 Star Dining at Pittsburgh prices!
At the corner of Wood Street & Blvd of the Allies you will find behind the waterfall park Osteria 100 (pronounced O-sta-REE-a). They bill themselves as casual Italian dining, but they are underselling themselves quite a bit. In what was once an old tavern they have transformed themselves into a dining experience you are sure to enjoy.
My visit started just after the traditional lunch hour crowd began to disperse for the day. The many windows allow light to pleasantly splash into the main dining area without making it seem overly bright or glaring. The hostess quickly seated me near a front window which allowed me to pass the time quickly watching the college students pass by on their way to class.
But waiting was not something to worry about. My server was attending me very quickly and with a smile pleasantly took my order. The day’s menu is posted outside the front door so you can prepare ahead of time what you want. Eating light I chose the lobster salad and iced tea (you have to ask if you want water). The iced tea arrives unsweetened and there is the normal array of sweeteners from which to choose already on the table (I leave mine unsweetened).
A refreshing note about the lunch cuisine; the portions are not “American” sized. You will not feel as if you need a nap or letting your belt out another notch after eating lunch. Important if you are going to get through the rest of your work day efficiently and pleasantly. The lobster salad followed a few minutes after the iced tea which gives one time to converse with a lunch companion or, if eating alone, to take in the ambiance of the establishment.
The portion of lobster is generous. The greens of the wild arugula and Belgium endive are a pleasing bed for the lobster pieces. The pan vinaigrette, though prepared well, with a slight sharpness at the back of the throat, did tend to overpower the more reserved flavor of the lobster. But that slight imperfection not withstanding, the inviting atmosphere, the friendly, youthful, and attractive staff, and the delightful meal will make for a lunch time you look forward to repeating. All this for ten dollars and a few cents in change!
Like I said, 5 Star Dining at Pittsburgh Prices!