Alba Osteria

Alba Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.albaosteriadc.com/
  • Phone: 2027334454x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Thursday
    11 AM – 12 PM

    Friday
    11 AM – 1 AM

    Saturday
    10:30 AM – 1 AM

    Sunday
    10:30 AM – 12 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Donna
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Chef Bar - Chef's Tasting Table

    Six Courses
    Six Pairings
    By Chef Amy Brandwein

    Thursday Night - 7:30 PM
    Reservations: 202-733-4454

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Alba Osteria
Guests can anticipate cuisine from Chef Roberto Donna’s home region of Piemonte, Italy with a focus on the town of Alba. Guests can anticipate an expansive salumi and formaggi counter, plus a selection of antipasti, house-made pastas (available in small and large portions), and Neapolitan pizzas. A variety of daily specials displayed in “Italian sized” portions will also be available for sharing in the traditional Piemontese fashion.
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Alba Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (39)great for brunch (32)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (16)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (7)special occasion (7)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)romantic (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Chef Amy Brandwein is amazing! The food and service were fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Horrible service and bland food
    BadBadVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Come here to celebrate my bday with about 11 friends the service was really slow took them n hour to bring our food even though the place was empty in a Saturday night. Not a good sign. we had to keep asking for refills n the food taste like it came from a fast food restaurant. Waiter didn't understand English we had to repeat our order to him more than once n he still got 2 orders wrong lol
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  • Poor Service
    KanyeN
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had to wait 20mins for food to be served. Main course came before Appetizer. Wine was served after main course was served
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  • Nice Bunch
    NxmkVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had a very nice brunch outside at the Osteria. Excellent service and relaxing atmosphere. The dish Nona's Eggs with Meatballs was exceptional--- very tasty. Looking forward to try the place for dinner.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    TheHawkVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My second time dining here was even better than my first. If your in the neighborhood- Go! If you aren't- make a special trip- it will be worth it.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Experience
    caphilldiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our order was confused with another table, not once, not twice, but three times. The food for our group came at various, different times, so that when one person was almost done eating, several others were being served. The lunch portion for an entree was the portion of a small appetizer. The portions were so small that we all left hungry. Moreover, the service was slow. It took forever to bring the food out, even when several of us ordered the same thing. One of the dishes came out, while the others who ordered the same entree waited a good fifteen minutes more. The waiters were oblivious to all of this.
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  • great pizzas
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    DeIcious pizzas and soups. Service is slow (have eaten here several times) but always friendly. Desserts leave something to be desired...but the pizzas never fail to please!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meeting place
    gratefuldiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a group that wanted to meet for dinner and have a long discussion. The wait staff was excellent, very accommodating of our needs. Food was very good, the bar and wine list was really excellent in terms of variety. Great place to hang out with friends.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    JakeFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I had heard some good things about this restaurant so I gave it a try with 2 friends. But it was disappointing. Two of us got pizzas, and they arrived lukewarm and the cheese (supposedly buffalo mozzarella) was bland. Our server wasn't very attentive. Our red wine was warm so it clearly wasn't stored properly.
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  • Great Place, Nice People
    Great
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I been in this place celebrating my 25 weeding anniversary, and it's just amazing, great attention, fabulous prices and very nice people. so I recommend this restaurant for a romantic date, birthday or wedding anniversary celebrations. Bernardo Arango
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    PQfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great brunch. Pancakes were really good, thin with both sweetness and a touch of lemon. My husband had the Monte Christo, and it was also top notch. We shared a romaine salad way egg and crispy pancetta, and it also was executed flawlessly. This was really good food. And they have a bottomless brunch, which we did not partake this time. But there will be a next time.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fab!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The service was great and the food was even better. I cant wait to return. My goal is to try every single item on the menu!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, great happy hour
    CapHill17
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Half price wine bottles on Monday and Tuesday nights. Half price (delicious) pizzas for happy hour. Great bartender (Ben). Plenty of space to stretch out. This was my third dining event at this restaurant and it continues to impress. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed...
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    When we first arrived it took our service more than 20 minutes to even serve our table with water. And she seemed very flustered and stressed out. She explained to us that there were issues with staffing that day, which good of her to let us know, but not an excuse for poor service. We later got a new server who was upbeat and extremely helpful.While waiting for our food to be served several servers came with dishes that weren't ours.When we finally got our food is was not good and the poached eggs were extremely runny.There wasn't much brunch options as they seem to specialize more in pizza. Anywho, we complained to the manager and he deducted $10 off each of our bills (nice touch).
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Alison
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a baby in our group and the front-of-the-house service was very accommodating, which was very much appreciated. Unfortunately, the back-of-the-house service was pretty terrible the rest of the night, bringing out each person's entree at different times. This is one of my pet peeves and really killed our overall impression of the restaurant. Some dishes were pretty good while others were extremely mediocre, but they all were a bit overpriced. It had a wonderful outdoor ambiance, though. Wish our experience could have been better.
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    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Our waitress Reyna was great!
    lyriclove
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I totally recommend this place for brunch. Our waitress was great and the food delish!
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Brunch Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved our brunch date at alba osteria! We ordered pancakes, the eggs & meetball dish, (my favorite), waffle, frittata, & sausage pizza (my date's favorite). The food was good, but the highlight was the service! They brought every food order out promptly, and kept our peach bellinis, & mimosas filled to the brim. We spent there hours there and felt welcome the whole time. My date and I are already planning when we'll go back for brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is a mess
    DinnertimeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for brunch. 3 hostesses with no coordination or plan, after 15 minutes had to ask for server, we end up with 2 servers getting in each others' way (mix ups, no silverware/water). Wrong orders brought out twice. Slow drink delivery. Slow drink refills. Slow delivery of check after asking. They mean well, but it's pure chaos. Who is in charge? Decent pizza, but we won't be back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great service & food. Brought friends from out of town for brunch and Kendra treated them like rock stars! Our glasses and plates were never empty. Everyone in our group of eight raved about the food and the service. Thanks for helping me show off the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • last minute
    nigelwVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dinner for the family while on vacation in DC, i always use OT, reviews were spot on.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DCDiner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It was a date night and we were eager to try out a new place near home. I asked to be seated outside and found it to be narrow to access. The menu was hard to understand: Lots of items and categories in Italian without clarification in English, so it was hard to decide what would fit our tastes. We wanted bruschetta and were surprised it didn't appear on the menu. We asked if they had it and the waiter said, "Oh. No. But that would be a good idea." What. We were unwittingly given a brunch menu so the items we ordered weren't available, forcing us to choose others we were less interested in. We ordered a pizza and it was bland and greasy. We saw the waiter very infrequently. We very much don't recommend. It took a long time to get our check.
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  • justellnthetruth
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was non traditional and full of flavor. The bottomless brunch was such an experience and a lovely way to eat with the family. Ben provided excellent service and made the 30th Birthday celebration a very special event.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian food in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fantastic small plates, fun presentations, fabulous service. Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great D.C. Brunch!
    BDRJr
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    There are a lot of "bottom-less" brunches to chose from in DC. This is certainly in that top group. Mango Juice with champagne, excellent Bloody Marys, etc. You can switch back-and-forth between 3-4 choices of drinks. The food is creative. A little pasta with eggs, ham and French fries ... not low-fat, but different...and good. Being true to its Italian food theme, there are a couple of pizzas on the menu. All you can drink and all you can eat. $29.95
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok but had issues
    Tedford
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The cheese and bread that they put on the table was delicious! We did some cheese and meats, which were also delicious but it went downhill from there. We ordered 2 appetizers - 1 was delicious and the other left something to be desired. Most of us ordered two 1/2 size pastas each. They were far too salty. You could tell that everything would have been good if it weren't for excessive salt that was on most of our pastas. I actually couldn't eat all of one of mine because it was just too salty! Even someone at the table said that she usually over salts things and her pasta was too salty for her. Service on food and drinks was very slow and the food didn't come out at the same time. It seemed clear that one dish had been forgotten.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch Spot
    SGDCVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went here with a large group of 10, great service. The food was good, but not my favorite. I'm not a big egg person and everything but two items on the brunch menu contain egg.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mt Vernon Triangle addition
    FoodJunkieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    About half our group selected the bottomless brunch option and this was definitely the best option. All of the dishes were well-prepared but nothing was outstanding. The oatmeal was actually dry. Our server was great and was assigned multiple large groups at once. The Bloody Mary's were 7 on a scale of 1-10 but we drink them weekly. Mimosas were an 8. Best dishes: the Nonna's Eggs and Meatballs (which they let you customize, Montecristo, & Frittata. Romaine salad had a nice touch. The poached eggs were a little too soft for our diner's taste. We loved everything about the ambiance and the location. Parking was easy the drivers. Crowd was a nice mix of hipsters, young family & groups. Great bar and selection. Will be back to dine and drink.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going Downhill Fast
    Aaron
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It pains me to say it, because this neighborhood joint started to be our regular haunt: the service is abysmal. A contender for worst in the city. The ONLY time we've had it great is when Ben is working. All others have been mediocre at best. It's a true shame, as the food is excellent. After 7 or 8 tries, we're ready to call it quits. Every time we go, the seating is more and more unfilled. Now we know why. To Ben: do yourself a favor and head somewhere else. Any other restaurant would be glad to have you.
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  • weak service, some food decent
    FStalloneVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    service was well below par. server forgot one guy's drink, it showed up 5 minutes after everyone else's. after taking all dinner orders, server returned three minutes later because she'd forgotten them and asked all to repeat so she could write them down. the main courses arrived while salads/appetizers were still being eaten. asked for parmesan and olive oil, both arrived, but after such long waits that the food was cold, which further accentuating how flavorless the pizza was. scanned beer list, which seemed decent, for an after-dinner drink, but neither of the first two requests were available and the bartender informed us that the menu was never updated. to be fair, my companions enjoyed their food - pastas, salads.
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  • neighborhoodfind
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I like this place. It's a few blocks off Massachusetts Ave., N.W. amid condos. That makes it quiet and relaxed. It wasn't too crowded and the weather was nice so we ate outside. The food is good, different. They have a sampler that includes several kinds of food. The pasta on the sampler was great. Salads are too. Just low-key, really nice and the service was excellent. Nice waiter, attentive without being distracting. I'll go there again.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Brunch Spot!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The team there is fantastic! Dru and Kendra are amazing!!!
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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  • Service Still Not So Hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a great neighborhood spot for happy hour--the pizzas are terrific. Mealtimes are not so great, at least not yet. The full menu is certainly adventurous, but they might be better off hitting some more traditional Italian dishes and doing it well. And the service has not been very good since the restaurant opened almost six months ago. For instance, the person who brought us our food just dropped it off and said she didn't know which dish was which because she was new. It's a nice restaurant and is a great addition to the neighborhood, but they still seem like they're working out kinks.
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    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 97 reviews are from the Alba Osteria reviews archive.
  • Great for brunch and outdoors
    TheFlexitarian
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went with two girlfriends for an early Saturday afternoon "brunch", but was unable to sit outside without having previously requested outdoor dining on OpenTable or making reservations directly through the restaurant. Hostess said the patio seating was booked solid for 2 hours. Both the food and service was good, and I plan to return someday soon for their all-you-can-eat AND -drink weekend brunch.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • We loved the food and the service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    However, the beverage 'list' left a lot to be desired, starting with no Italian beer available, to the only Prosecco (by the glass) was a bar 'draft pour' and was flat, and rose...very odd. We did however, finally have a wonderful Ruero - that was delicious. Just a bizarre stance on a Friday of a long weekend...
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Ben is awesome.
    Aaron
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    As expected, great food and service from our favorite server.
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  • Go to I Street for Italian
    Glenn
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We were there on a Monday evening, restaurant was not too full. The Piemonte cuisine was marvelous, all very fresh. Servers were attentive, but not hovering, very knowledgeable of the menu and the wines. Great selection of wine by the glass.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Alba Osteria Great New Find
    YumDC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Loved this restaurant so much! Great Food and Bottomless Mimosas and Belinis! Great Staff! Not overcrowded yet!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Alba for brunch. The outdoor seating was great, but the food was not great and the service was terrible. We waited for 25 minutes for our drinks, and our food eventually came out before our drinks. Three of us almost finished eating by the time the fourth person's entree came out. And two of the other entrees were incomplete. The "rosemary potatoes" were actually soggy french fries, and the $8 boody mary was watery and served in a tiny water glass. I have to say that the pizza was delicious, so maybe dinner would be better than brunch. But we will not be going back for brunch.
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  • Best Mother's Day Brunch
    robeats
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The bottomless brunch was fantastic. The servers and the host were pleasant, knowledgeable, and considerate. You want bottomless drinks? They'll just bring around a pitcher of mimosa and refill. The food was fantastic. Interesting creations that made for delicious dishes. They even gave my mom a tulip for her special day.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Skip it
    foodietravlrVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I tried Alba Osteria for the first time for bottomless brunch with a friend. It took 15 minutes for us to get a server--I eventually flagged down someone and that got the process started (the place wasn't crowded!). On to the food: horrible. I ordered a waffle and that was the ONLY thing I could finish. My friend had a specialty salad a la carte and received iceberg lettuce and cold fries (advertised as "potatoes"). I have no other way to describe Alba Osteria other than a perfect place for Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares": nothing was fresh (tasteless and overdone, likely frozen)...things came in cold...the food just did not taste great. To the credit, the server did try to help by getting a manager but nothing could save a bad meal.
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