We went to Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side the other night and were very pleasantly surprised! The entrance is a classic replica of a rustic Italian eatery as well as the inside decor. Brass/gothic chandeliers holding candles hanging from the ceiling, wooden tables and beams, exposed brick walls, and wine paraphernalia displayed around like fine art.. The downstairs is a first come first serve basis for tables and wine bar but the upstairs has regular seating and is much more roomier. The wine list was (as you guessed) mostly Italian and they offered a nice range of wines that were very reasonably priced! Everything was actually reasonably priced even their signature dessert dish that was out of this world! Nutella, Ricotta Calzones… Delish!
For wine, we had a great bottle of the Il Conte Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009 with dinner, which was savory in black cherry taste, very soft velvety tannins with a good fruit to acidic balance. It went great with our mushroom and coponata/goat cheese bruschette… Try it out!
513 Columbus Ave
(between 84th St & 85th St)
Manhattan, NY 10024