Could Oliver’s Osteria be the Most Authentic Italian Cuisine in Orange County?
There was a recent thread on my Nextdoor app searching for the most authentic Italian cuisine in Orange County and I could not help but notice all the recommendations for Oliver’s Osteria. I, of course, did not waste any time setting up my visit. Chef Erik Di Marchi opened Oliver’s Osteria in 2018 bringing simplistic cuisine inspired from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. From their Cacio de Pepe to their sea salt baked Sea Bream, if true Italian cuisine is what you crave then each bite is sure to serve up nostalgia.
We began our Italian culinary adventure with both of their Carpaccio appetizers.
First, we began our Italian culinary adventure with both of their Carpaccio appetizers. I can never resist a amazing Carpaccio Di Manzo, especially when it is smothered with fresh winter black truffles. This Carpaccio featured the leanest dry-aged filet mignon and wowed with the addition of Fontina fondue. This was my first experience tasting a Carpaccio drizzled in melted cheese and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The flavor of the Fontana cheese was just salty and mild enough to add the perfect amount of flavor to this exceptional dish.
We also enjoyed the Carpaccio Di Aragosta which was exceptional. Chef Di Marchi adds small dollops of lobster bisque dressing which he makes in house. The thinly sliced aragosta is then surrounded by a light and refreshing lobster salad.
In addition to the two fantastic carpaccio’s, we also decided to try their Polenta Al Ragu Di Manzo. This was a soft polenta with tender beef cheek in a homemade tomato sauce. If there’s one thing I know about Orange County, it’s that they love their polenta ragu’s!
Oliver’s Osteria is known for its authentic Cacio Di Pepe.
After appetizers, it was time to move on to our first pasta dish of the evening, the Rigatoni Cacio Di Pepe. This popular Italian dish has been revered as the most authentic in Orange County. It’s amazing how just the simple ingredients of olive oil, ground black pepper, and parmesan can be so delightful.
For our second pasta, Chef Di Marchi presented his beautiful Spaghetti Agli Scampi. In addition to all the delicious prawns, guests will especially enjoy the chef’s homemade Guitara pasta.
The Orata Al Sale is set on fire and filleted tableside!
For the main entrée, I could not resist their Orata Al Sale which is a whole Sea Bream baked in a bed of sea salt and fresh herbs. It is then set on fire and filleted tableside. This was definitely one of the highlights of the evening. Sea Bream is a very popular Mediterranean fish similar in flavor to Branzino. In true Mediterranean fashion, it is served with nothing but a side of olive oil and lemon. Perfetto!
Chef Di Marchi makes his own ladyfingers for the Tiramisu dessert.
Finally, for dessert, it would not be a true Italian feast if we did not indulge in some Tiramisu. Chef Di Marchi actually makes his own ladyfingers! This Tiramisu is light and airy with the taste of rich espresso in each bite. A truly perfect ending to a delightful evening.
If you’re looking for the most authentic Italian cuisine in Orange County, do not miss the opportunity to dine at this fabulous restaurant.
Oliver’s Osteria is located in the same shopping center as the well known Saw Dust Festival in Laguna Beach. If you’re looking for the most authentic Italian cuisine in Orange County then do not miss the opportunity to dine at this fabulous restaurant. Be sure to let me know what you think!
853 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651