Restaurant Type
Originally a simple wine bar where patrons would bring their own food, osterie have evolved significantly over the years. Nowadays, the term is mainly used to describe a casual and unpretentious Italian eatery (cheaper and less formal than a trattoria) serving simple home-cooked fare, though it’s not uncommon to see it attached to elegant restaurants that want to evoke a sense of warmth, quaintness, and familiarity.