Birthday Dinner at Osteria Morini
I always put a lot of time and thought into where I want to spend my birthday dinner. It's a big decision, and I tend to lean towards selecting places that make me feel at home, and that allow the evening to feel special. This year I decided to celebrate at Osteria Morini in Navy Yard. I have always loved restaurants that fall within Michael White's Altamarea Group, and I love that the restaurant sits on the Southeast waterfront. A group of us arrived to a semi-busy dining room on Saturday evening and we got the night started with a round of Prosecco and some beautiful bottles of Nebbiolo.
The cheese and charcuterie selections are plentiful, but I particularly enjoy their crostinis. Instead of placing the spreads on the pieces of bread individually, they place large scoops of the spreads on the board, and then allow you to serve it yourself on the warm and crusty bread they provide. The Parmigiano "gelato" with aged balsamic is my favorite. Additionally, the stracciatella with ruby grapefruit and pistachio is not to be missed. While everything at Osteria Morini is lovely, the pastas by Executive Chef Matthew Adler are definitely the stars of the dinner menu.
You cannot go wrong here. Above you see pictured the bucatini with crab and sea urchin, the tagliatelle with ragu, the rigatoni with braised wild mushrooms, and the cappelletti with truffled ricotta and melted better. We slurped up every noodle and speck of sauce-- it's hard to imagine anything more comforting to eat on a cold winter night. Important note: Osteria Morini is currently offering a "Morini Mondays" deal where all pastas are $10 all night long. Now you have no excuse to not go!
On top of your pasta fest, make sure you save room for dessert at Osteria Morini. Executive Pastry Chef Alex Levin is the best in town, and he was overly generous on my birthday and allowed us a taste of so many delicious treats. The banana caramellata with caramelized banana marscapone, chocolate crema and pecan crunch is a showstopper, and the peanut butter rice pudding with concord grape gelato sorbetto was a favorite at our table.
Osteria Morini serves wonderful food, but the staff is also incredibly helpful and friendly which makes it an even more fun place to celebrate. I'm so glad I chose to spend my birthday my friends over delicious bowls of pasta and gluttonous desserts at Morini.