Osteria Morini vs. Alba Osteria
2013 was the year of osterias. Osteria Marzano arrived in Alexandria, while Ovvio Osteria opened in Merrifield. In the District, New York transplant Osteria Morini debuted in Navy Yard, and Roberto Donna-helmed Alba Osteria opened earlier this week near Mt. Vernon Square. Elisir changed to Elisir Osteria in its more casual rebrand. And Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria is coming to U Street NW. Less formal than a trattoria, the osteria label connotes an Italian eatery with simple, relatively inexpensive food and drink. (Which for a certain place with $45 entrees, may not always hold true around here.) Do you know your osterias? Compare D.C.’s two newest.