Osteria la Civetta

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Italian
Osteria la Civetta is a celebration of Italian Food, Wine and Hospitality, combined with fresh and local ingredients. The inspiration for La Civetta (the little Owl) comes from our own life experience at the tables of family, friends and Osterie of Emilia Romagna. Our cuisine is simple, honest and unpretentious; it is based on our heritage and implemented by fresh and locally sourced ingredients. La Civetta is the interpretation of our belief that one of the greatest sources of joy is what happens around a dinner table. Benvenuti e Buon Appetito!
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Have eaten at this restaurant a few times; every experience was something to “write home about” with the exception of tonight. The waitress raved about the special lasagna with a bechamel sauce that people were calling ahead to reserve. We decided we had to try it since she made such a fuss about it! We also ordered the stuffed tomoato and the burrata salad.
Well the lasagna was such a disappointment... dry... actually burned on the top... noodles were chewy and there was no sauce to speak of let alone a creamy white bechamel sauce. Such a let down after our waitress made such a fuss! The burrata was delicious but the stuffed tomato was horrible... it was stuffed with a breadcrumb paste of some sort... tasted frozen... as did the lasagna. I really have to say we were so let down. The waitress was understanding and without too much conversation she wisked our main dish away and offered something else, but we opted to finish our wine and partake in a tirmisu which ended up being delicious, but in no way made up for our disappointing main course.

FA
New England
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place when you want amazing Italian food in an environment where you feel like your in your grandmother’s kitchen. The fresh bread is served with the best olive oil, the pastas are all homemade, the wine list has some great offerings and the servers are always attentive and helpful. You are never rushed as you take the time to enjoy your meal and possibly splurge on a yummy dessert.

EF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, food was authenticity Italian. Waitress was so sweet and helpful. The food was amazing, we had the butternut squash tortelloni with sage and butter and it was perfect. Would highly recommend.

LR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and cozy neighborhood restaurant. Food was excellent as was the service

MP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The atmosphere felt like I was in a little restaurant in a small village in Italy. Will definitely return for another wonderful meal

FG
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Growing up Italian in Boston was special for many reasons. My fondest memories of my mother and there were many, was Sunday dinners with homemade pasta. Other than making it myself, I have found my mom's "homemades" in Falmouth at Osteria. Other restaurants have good pasta but you have not had real Italian pasta until you have "homemade" pasta at Osteria. Whether your favorite is rigatoni, tagliatelli, tortellini, spaghetti or one of the other varieties, try some and dine at Osteria. They are not limited to pasta as their fish, chicken and meat dishes are delectable as well. However, if you have never had truly home made pasta you owe to your family and friends to experience Osteria la Civetta!!
ps. my grandmother born in Italy taught my mom!!

AN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like stepping into a neighborhood osteria in northern Italy. Authentic atmosphere; wonderful service and cuisine.

M
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian restaurant. Decor is warm and inviting and food was wonderful!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Falmouth and decided to come up for the weekend from ny. We were excited to return to your restaurant for dinner. We so enjoyed the pasta and a wonderful dessert.
As always, staff was warm and welcoming.
See you next summer.
Jean and Rich moccia

MB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Nicely laid out restaurant with good food but the serving staff need to remember the basics like smile and be courteous. Being presented with the bill halfway through eating our desserts did not impress me !

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good as usual. The service was the worst I have had.

CK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Gathering of old friends. Wine selections and food outstanding. Bolognese the best.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience; great food and service.

LF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Cozy and not expensive for what you get.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for the first time for our wedding anniversary. Both of us had excellent salad starters, and we both had entree specials. I had the pork terrine, and my husband had pasta with various shellfish in a light spicy sauce. They were both outstanding.
As the bottle of wine we wanted was unavailable that night, the staff spent time with us to find something suitable. The replacement selection was superb.
The ambiance was very nice, and the seating comfortable. The only complaint is that it was very dark. Could be a little bit brighter without losing the ambiance. We will absolutely be back.

JO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Been here several times and food is always consistently good. This was a particularly busy night and service was slow but delicious food nevertheless..

B
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at this place is consistently excellent! The weekend special is Lasagna, which is out of this world. This place is much more like a restaurant you would find in Italy than a “spags and balls” place in the US.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The real deal Italian, always good.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding - perfectly attentive and knowledgable. The food, as ever, was superb. Have loved this place since the day it opened.

S
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, outstanding real Italian fare, well served and great value.

OT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at this restaurant! The food, wine and decor are all very authentic and reminded us of our time spent in Italy. Food and service were both excellent.

B
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to visit this place! You feel like part of the family, and the food is incredibly good.

K
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, and the staff knew their wines. Very accommodating and had my window seat for our anniversary ready for us! Only negative was loud kids at the outside dining area could be heard inside which was distracting.

HH
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Homemade pasta is so authentic and absolutely fantastic. Great wine list too

RG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As before. Excellent Authentic Italian cuisine. Best restaurant in Falmouth. And one of the best in Cape Cod.

DG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed our anniversary celebration at Osteria la Civetta. The food was delicious, and the ambiance lovely. The one drawback was with the server, who though he took our orders was absolutely non personable. He did his job, but with no pleasant interaction. He presented us our check with our dessert course, then came back before we had finished (or even looked at the check) to try to close out the bill. There were empty tables and we had not taken an inordinate amount of time with our meal. It really did tarnish our celebration a bit and was not the usual experience that we have had there in the past.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Ambiance was good. Very disappointed in the food. I got the short rib which they cut into pieces and then cooked. It tasted like beef teriyaki from an Asian restaurant, and not in a good way. Meat was tough. My friend had the bolognese and it was not very flavorful. Would not go back.

FG
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Osteria is a bit of Italy in downtown Falmouth. For years I have made my own pasta from scratch. Rigatoni, spaghetti and gnocchi are my family's favorites. Thanks to Osteria a simple reservation through OpenTable and our family will dine on the best home made pasta in town. Their specials are outstanding. They do not try to offer 3 pages of items, rather they offer a well defined menu that satisfies everyone's taste. Prices are very reasonable for authentic Italian dining.

DP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good. Perfectly al dente home made pasta. Really nice wine list. The vanilla gelato with cherries was to die for. However, our server had no interest in us other than dropping off the meal.

RT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal and service...the seafood special was overpriced at $34!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely experience!
Cream of yellow pepper soup was divine!
Butternut squash tortelloni was scrumptious!
Decaf coffee was appreciatively rich and strong.
Definitely a memorable and delightful dinner!

P
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary with out best friends. The service was impeccable . Our waitress (Isla I think is her name) was top notch. The food and cocktails were amazing! Can't wait to go back.

S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Osteria la Civetta was outstanding. I loathe noisy restaurants that blare music. This place not only serves delicious food, it also provides an atmosphere to enjoy it. Excellent service. Look forward to returning for another pleasurable dining experience.

PS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very kind service, great food and pleasant atmosphere.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best italian food in the Falmouth MA area
homemade pasta daily
interesting atmosphere, great menu

CH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant!! Great food, great atmosphere. Always come here when we are in town. Sara is great!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always excellent true Italian food. Miss regular lasagna versus spinich pasta lasagna. Great staff and always enjoy sitting at the bar

H
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a consistently great meal. Service as always superb

AR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wrote one, but messed up at the end, not sure it was submitted. If not, sorry!

JR
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends there who had never been. They were delighted. They loved the atmosphere and the food was amazing. We had a delightful server who was from New Zealand. Everything was perfect. Love this restaurant. The food is always amazing, fresh and seasoned just right

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