Happy Friday my friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week and ready for the weekend. Speaking of the weekend- do you have any fun dinner plans tonight? If you don’t, I have just the place for you to try- Osteria Mattone. This quaint, romantic restaurant is located on the famous Canton Street in downtown Roswell. Owned by the same team that owns Table & Main, Osteria Mattone truly excels in authentic Italian cuisine.
Osteria Mattone is a neighborhood restaurant serving regional Italian cuisine with a heavy focus on Roman fare, combining the simple, casual spirit of an osteria with the more formal dining of a Roman trattoria. The restaurant’s menu and dining rooms allow guests to choose how they’d like to dine: a simple, quick bowl of pasta and cicchetti in the osteria or a three-course dinner in the trattoria. Even if just sitting at the bar for a glass of wine and salumi, Osteria Mattone allows guests to curate their own experience.
Osteria Mattone’s menu reflects a rustic neighborhood trattoria offering fresh, locally sourced ingredients from nearby Georgia farms, artisan bakers and purveyors. Menu highlights include a variety of handmade pastas. Reflecting 13 years of culinary travels from Roswell to New York City, Rome and back, the menu is rooted in Southern comfort cooking while integrating inventive updates on classic Roman dishes spanning from appetizers to desserts.
Executive chef Ted Lahey’s culinary philosophy centers on preserving the integrity of natural ingredients. Osteria Mattone applies that thinking to the Italian canon of recipes with a menu that presents truly Italian dishes honestly and simply. The goal is to feature time-tested Italian/Roman dishes, ingredients, and preparations as you might find them in Italy, without artifice or innovation.
A few nights ago I had the pleasure of participating in a wine tasting at Osteria Mattone with a few of my lovely friends. Our tasting took place in their private, wine room, which is located in the middle of the restaurant. This cozy little room can fit up to 2,000 different wines. And the best part is you can reserve this special wine room for an intimate dinner experience for only $100. Sounds like the ideal date night, right? Just give Osteria Mattone a call and request to reserve the wine room.
Osteria Mattone’s very own Sommelier, Dan Pernice, led our wine tasting. His vast knowledge and passion for wines was superb. The four wines he selected for us to try were:
- Berlucchi Cuvée 61
- La Batistina, Gavi ‘12
- Concilio Conoidi, Trentino Lagrein ‘10
- Chateau St. Cosme, Côtes du Rhône ‘13
Although each one had a very distinct taste, the one that stood out the most to me was the Chateau St. Cosme. This red wine was unlike any other because it was the perfect combination of sweet and dry. Aside from the exquisite flavor, I truly enjoyed learning about this wines history. Dan told us a neat fact about this vineyard- it was been family owned and operated since the 1300’s. Pretty incredible right? I highly recommend you order a bottle on your next visit.
Along with the wine tasting, we were able to try a few of Osteria Mattone’s traditional small plates. My personal favorites were the risotto balls (Suppli al Telefono) and the grilled artichoke hearts (Carciofi alla Griglia). Both these appetizers will change your life my friends. The grilled artichoke hearts were marinated in lemon juice then grilled to perfection. Chef Ted Lahey truly outdid himself with these delectable plates.
Whether you are searching for the perfect romantic dinner experience, or you want to grab dinner with a few friends- Osteria Mattone will not disappoint.
A very special thanks to Brooke from The Reynolds Group for putting this lovely event together. And a huge thank you to Ryan and Dan Pernice for hosting us.