Tucked away in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood, Alba Osteria (website | facebook | twitter) can be found on the corner of 4th and Eye St. NW. They open December 30th, and have a New Year’s Eve promotion planned (flyer below), but we benefited from a sneak preview during the recent soft opening.
The entryway is enclosed in glass, keeping diners away from cold drafts and street noise. The dining room and bar are sectioned into different areas giving it a cozy feel, when in fact there is room for 226 people. The restaurant is decorated using reclaimed glass from a crayon factory, bright orange accents with an industrial feel. A wood burning pizza oven sits in the corner with dazzling orange and red tile surrounded by artfully stacked fire wood.
We were seated at a table for two along the banquet seating that separated our section of the restaurant from the bar and were quickly asked if we would like sparkling or tap water. Next came the bread basket with three types of bread; a traditional bread stick, crispy rosemary and sea salt flat bread and a more traditional wheat as well as olive oil for dipping.
Our server was absolutely delightful and knowledgeable which made the whole experience enjoyable.
The wine we ordered wasn’t in stock, so the general manager suggested a 2011 Giorgio Cichero Dolcetto di Ovada, which was a versatile wine that worked well with everything we tasted.