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Tapas Italianate?

Osteria D'Aldo steals a page from the Spanish cookbook and serves its Italian wonders in small portions

I can't find anything bad to say about the desserts, either. The tres leches ($4) was moist and delicious and not too sweet. The tiramisu ($4) probably was the best I've ever had, extremely light, flavorful and good enough to redeem the countless tired, mediocre desserts I've eaten that claim to be tiramisu.

Lest this sound like a love letter to Osteria, I do have two complaints to register. One, the light, or lack thereof. It's so low, in fact, that at times I wished I had brought a flashlight. (I must confess, though, that I did obtain a great amount of amusement watching patrons hold their menus at this angle, then that angle, in a vain attempt to catch a ray of light.) My second complaint is the music, a mixture of dance, light jazz and reggae. In other restaurants, this would be fine. But for the fine dining experience Osteria D'Aldo offers, it just doesn't fit. Perhaps Osteria doesn't need a soundtrack at all, not as long as I, and its happy patrons, continue to sing its praises.

Small portions, big ideas: You won't walk away hungry from these satisfying dishes.
Amy Spangler
Small portions, big ideas: You won't walk away hungry from these satisfying dishes.

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(713)224-2536
301 Main,

Osteria D'Aldo, 301 Main, (713)224-2536.

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