We really can’t say enough good things about the Whole Foods Osteria. We’ve been eating there regularly and have not been disappointed. Any issues with underseasoned food seem to have been worked out, and they serve excellent dishes at very reasonable prices.
Sarah ordered the Shrimp with Broccolini over gnocchi ($9), which featured perfectly cooked shrimp in a very good, mild cheese sauce. I ordered the Lamb Ragu with Butternut Squash over Tagliatelle. The sauce was a little oily, but that was probably just the lamb (which I haven’t had in a while). The tomatoes added a nice zing to the dish, and the combination of ingredients worked really well. And Jonathan always has plenty of good options at the food bar. We’ve convinced him that sweet and sour tofu is actually sweet and sour chicken, and he really likes it.
Anything purchased in the store can be brought over to the Osteria. In addition to the advantage of the food bar, this means that the bottled beer selection rivals that of Winking Lizard, but at half the price. I had a Bell’s Hopslam, an assertively hopped beer with 10% alcohol, for $2.79. The Italian fruit juice spritzers ($1) from the Osteria are also excellent.
We ended our meal with the Chocolate Velvet Cake ($5), chocolate mousse enrobed in yellow sponge cake coated with chocolate shavings. It is definitely the best dessert we’ve had from Whole Foods and one of the best we’ve had in Cleveland.