Lisbon has plenty of Portuguese tascas and now has an Italian one: Osteria. The name means a place to meet friends and share different kind of dishes and some drinks. Here you will try the authentic Italian food, prepared according to old family recipes.
Osteria is located in Madragoa, such a typical Portuguese neighborhood, where you stroll through the streets looking up at the hanging laundry.
The food was quite different from what I’m used to eating in an Italian restaurant, and was a delicious surprise. I highly recommend the bread lasagna, and you have to have focaccia and Italian olive oil to accompany it.
On the walls are displayed Italian posters and photographs, including from the family of the owner. The enamel plates with flowers remind me of my grandparents’ kitchen tableware and the pattern of one of the tables and some chairs is the same as one from my parents’ kitchen, 25 years ago.