The Italian ‘Osteria’, the Lively Meeting Point for Socializing, Refection, and a Lot of Wine

The name derives from Old Latin and is linked to the concept of ‘guest’ and ‘hospitality’.

Richard Bruschi
Sep 10, 2020 · 5 min read
Wine has been and still is the single element to count on at an Italian hostaria. Entire walls covered in bottles are a common sight but there is also cheap, table wine sold in caraffes filled on draught. Photo from the Al Brindisi.

The Italian osteria (’hostaria’) is today synonymous with simple but genuine food, traditional dishes, wine in quality and quantity, and (usually)…