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“Best lamb ragu”
Review of Osteria Padella - CLOSED

Osteria Padella
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Osteria Padella Laboratory Of Rustic Italian Food is the authentic italian Restaurant in Town!! Osteria Padella is a family run restaurant. The name "osteria" comes from a type of restaurant in Italy that serves "Rustic" food, with relatively short and variable menus, with an emphasis on fresh produces, sharing plates and wine. Fresh and bursting with flavors is what Osteria Padella has to offer. Proudly serving the local Port Douglas community, we provide great tasting food that's prepared fresh with the best ingredients available, to guarantee you a truly authentic Italian experience. At Osteria Padella you are sure to enjoy the great atmosphere, friendly service and affordable prices. Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey at Osteria Padella and come and enjoy a true Italian Feast!
Reviewed 2 October 2014

Not usually one to rate, but when you eat a meal that leaves you begging for more, you are as close to eating heaven as you can be. The lamb ragu was exceptional, one of the best I have tasted ever full stop

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2  Thank aride73
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Reviewed 1 October 2014

We dined here last week and like others found the setting great and were lucky enough to have an outside table .
We did find the food however, a little inconsistent.
The starters we ordered were all okay and included the fried school prawns, gnocchi fritti and prosciutto with melon and mozzarella.
My maltagliati with the seafood veloute had an unpleasant overwhelming taste of prawn heads which had tried to be masked with lemon zest and appeared to be thickened with a roux. This made the sauce overly heavy and not what you would expect for a veloute. Furthermore, I think the kitchen had trouble keeping the pasta separate, as there were doughy slabs of three or more pieces of maltagliati pasta stuck together.
My daughter's tortiglioni with Italian sausage was dominated by the taste of saffron and didn't have the subtlety of use that saffron demands.
I think as a new restaurant in Port Douglas they are experiencing their first busy school holiday period and are under the pump. Hopefully in time they will sort out their issues in the kitchen . Although the service was adequate, I think they too were a little stretched.
Port Douglas is a competitive restaurant market and they will need to get things right if they want to survive.
ps in a town where mojitos rule, they need to work on theirs!

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Thank BigVil62
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Osteria Padella was an absolute delight after a couple of nights eating at some of Port Douglas's supposed top restaurants and always leaving disappointed, with much lighter pockets and still rather peckish. Not the case here. Great Italian food, bursting with flavour - the sort of stuff you want to go on eating and eating if only you had room left in your stomach to do so! Service was charming and welcoming. Only wish they would open a branch in Canberra.

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1  Thank Coops81
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Reviewed 26 September 2014

Great Italian food. Simple flavours, homemade pasta. The prawn maltagliati for 2 are the best. We will return

2  Thank nicl72
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Reviewed 24 September 2014 via mobile

Wow. If simple traditional Italian food is your cup of tea - Osteria is for you. Good service, beautifully authentic food and wine list.

1  Thank DanCFrank
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