As a post grad twenty something I’m sometimes conflicted on the practicality of being an adult (saving money, eating healthy etc.) and the whims and desires of my foodie mind, body and soul (splurging at that hot new restaurant, spontaneously throwing Sunday brunch for friends etc.) And so I’m glad when these two collide — a restaurant that ignites my foodie passion that doesn’t break the bank…
Osteria Morini in Soho is one such restaurant. Helmed by Chef Michael White, it focuses on simple, rustic dishes (often meat-centric) with bold, rich flavors from the Emilia-Romaga region of Italy. (The restaurant is named after White’s mentor from his days in Italy). I actually celebrated my 23rd birthday there!
Chef Michael White is a Midwesterner from Wisconsin, who after culinary school here in the States trained for several years in Italy. He’s renowned here in New York for his rustic Italian food and his hand-made pastas. (Up there with the likes of Mario Batali!
With his hospitality group, he run several restaurants with locations in New York and New Jersey including Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini, Al Molo, Nicoletta, Due Mari and Marea. Marea is a two Michelin star restaurant focusing on seafood and has been ranked one of the top Italian restaurants in New York (one day!).
Not only does Osteria Morini serve amazing Italian food, but if you go on Monday night after 9pm, all their pastas are $10. And we are talking some AMAZING handmade pastas. I recommend making a reservation too! It’s a popular night an a great deal!
The last time I was there, I sampled three — the Spallina (double ravioli, squacquerone cheese, rabbit and porcini), Tortellini Panna (traditional meat-filled pasta, duck liver mousse, cream) and the Torcia (squid ink pasta, shrimp & seppia ragu, fava beans).
**I highly recommend the Tortellini Panna… I’ve had it twice now and it’s rich and decadent and heaven on earth!
The portions are a bit smaller than their normal pasta dishes BUT for $10 a dish, it’s perfect. You can sample several of them without breaking the bank!
While I highly suggest the Monday night pasta deal, you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu! I can recommend the veal cutlet (with a to die for truffle cream!) and the prosciutto and mortadella meatballs too! I’ve had my eye on some of those cheeses and cured meats as well. Seriously everything was so good!
All in all, Osteria Mornini is an incredible restaurant serving authentic rustic Italian dishes. If you have the opportunity, RUN DO NOT WALK to their Monday Industry Nights after 9pm. It’s a fantastic deal to enter into the world of Chef Michael White, a chef I really admired and respect and who makes damn good food!