Right inbetween Clapham Junction and Clapham Common: Experience the true taste of Italy. Daniela and Franco invite you to their local, friendly, family run ’art’ restaurant – Osteria dell’Arte. Their restaurant on Clapham High Street has a wonderful, quirky setting surrounded by work from local artists, with exhibitions changing regularly. Open from 10 am to 5 pm for Italian brunch and from midday until 6 pm they have their special ’Assaggi’ menu, offering tasty Italian dishes.
Many restaurants claim to be true ’ristorantes’, claiming to deliver authentic Italian flavour and way
of life. But it’s places like Osteria dell’Arte that keep it fresh and wonderful, being true to heritage
and offering a wonderful and warm welcome so typical of the Mediterranean. With a great Brunch
six days a week as well as a quick and succulent lunch, Osteria dell’Arte on Clapham High Street stays
true to top-notch form and delights with the authentic flavours of the south.
Add to this an interesting and inspiring exhibition of various artists. Osteria dell’Arte carefully curates a host of local and international artists that spice up the atmosphere of the restaurant on Clapham High Street. A fine array of authentic Italian dishes and ingredients will have you come back to Osteria dell’Arte time and time again – and one thing’s for sure: each time keeps being better than the last time.
Delicious food, brilliant place and friendly staff. Justifies the Italian way of cooking and even approved by my Italian flatmates. Love that they have decked up the interiors with a lot of plants. Bravo!
Tonight the Osteria team were on top form, excellent service and excellent food. We both chose from the specials menu and enjoyed crab tortellini and beautifully pink lamb cutlets, accompanied by a good bottle of Pinot Nero. Altogether a very enjoyable dell’Arte experience!
I would highly recommend Osteria dell'Arte. It's a beautiful Italian restaurant in Clapham. The food was delicious, reasonably price and the service was exceptional. Perfect for any occasion really!
Friendly staff who are able to describe the dishes accurately. We ordered the mussels as a starter and they were delicious then the diavolo pizza which was very good. Service unrushed and attentive. A lovely place to have lunch.
I've dined with my family at Osteria on 3 occasions in the last 2 years. The restaurant has a nice buzzy atmosphere, the food is generally good and it's usually very busy (which is a good sign). My sons typically go for the Pizza and rate them very highly (and they know what good pizza is like) On our last visit, it was ok but there were are a couple of small-ish things that I was not so happy about. They are not things that should put people off going but things the management should reflect upon. When I am paying £5 for 3 pieces of Bruschetta, I don't expect it to include tiny 2" long end-of-the-loaf pieces, nor (and this was the big one) do I expect some of the bread to have been burnt completely jet black. Mistakes happen, If you burn the bread, put it in the bin, not on my plate. I should have sent it back really. "You don't want to have the beef raviolli with that red wine sir, you should have the roasted beef instead". Really? What's wrong with beef raviolli and a decent red wine all of a sudden? It came across as upsellng (or we need to shift some of this beef this evening) and I didn't appreciate it. I knwo that they were busy but I still felt that the staff could have been a little more attentive (and better trained and informed in one case). i.e empty beer bottles should be collected more quickly (i.e. within 15 mins). Osteria also seem to follow the modus operandi of many restaurants whereby, once you have finished your meal, they just ignore you and attend to other customers. I had to actually go up to them to take my card payment as I had grown bored of waiting over 20 mins to pay the bill. Finally, after delivering my food, don't come over with a 2' long pepper grinder to ask if I want pepper on my food. How should I know if I want pepper, I haven't actually tasted the food yet. Are you concerned that the chef may not have seasoned the food correctly in the first place? (Just put condiments on the table and allow me to season my own food without all the ceremony).
We were late for our table but the staff at Osteria dell'Arte kindly kept the table for us despite the fact that it was a busy evening. Every dish we had was delicious. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We weren't able to sample the wine as we were en route to do the Moonwalk. We'll be back and will check out the wine list then.
A very welcoming restaurant. The table/waiting area layout and quirky decoration makes you feel secluded with some privacy which is difficult to achieve in a restaurant of this size. You don't get rushed in anyway which really adds to the evening. Fish dishes are delicous and the chef clearly enjoys presenting food well. If fried polenta is on the menu have it. The beef carpaccio with peccorino, truffle shavins, wild mushroom and dill was amazingly well balanced. You dont get bread/olives brought to the table unless you ask. Umbria wine at £25 was a fantastic choice too. Duck breast was well under cooked when ordered as medium, so worth asking the chef to make sure the middle is in fact cooked. You will recommend this place to everyone though, happy eating!
We were given a table in the back area, which i didn't know existed before now. To be honest we were happy to be away from a large group of 40 in the main restaurant and our area soon filled up After we arrived. The waitress was very attentive, explained the specials and gave us recommendations. The food was really good, tasty and very reasonably priced. My only gripe was perhaps my pasta was a little too al dente, but it didn't spoil me enjoying it. A complimentary drink on the house was served with the bill, which is always a winner in my book. Definitely recommend.
Really warm welcome in Italian of course! Menu was explained politely. I was in a bit of a rush but our lovely waitress sped things up and adapted set menu. Food was absolutely delicious and couldn't fault it. Only wish we had more time to absorb the wonderful environment and sample more. We will definitely be going back and very soon. I'm very picky about service and food so extremely happy to find this piece of Italian heaven *****
Had dinner on NYE. The service was very slow as the restaurant was busy, had to wait 45 minutes for the starters, which was ok as he had time. The waiters were nice but some of them hardly spoke english. The tomato bruschette were not good as the tomatoes were bad (very hard and tasteless) and there was nothing else on the bruschette (no olive oil ?!). The aubergine and goat chees bruschette were very good. For the main my boyfriend had the lamb which was good. I had the crab linguine and there was hardly any crab in the pasta, did not taste much like crab. The pasta was very disappointing. The wines are cheap and the bottle we had was good. Overall i would say the prices are okay, the atmosphere of the restaurant is nice, but the food is uninteresting and does not taste much like Italy. Will probably not go back.