Osteria Costa, The Mirage’s new Coastal Italian restaurant, will transport guests to the seaside villages of Southern Italy when the venue opens on Feb. 1 (Pictured: Osteria Costa’s Margherita Pizza – Photo credit: Anthony Mair).
Reminiscent of the culinary flavors and aromas of the region, the menu is punctuated with classic dishes including hand-pulled mozzarella, housemade pastas, traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, seafood and more.
“The Osteria Costa dining experience is designed to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. Using the freshest ingredients paired with authentic cooking techniques, the menu will give guests the chance to savor a true Amalfi Coast meal,” said Osteria Costa Executive Chef Michael LaPlaca.
Designed to be a come-as-you-are social reprieve, the space features three dining landscapes suited for any occasion: main bar, dining room and pizza counter. Guests will be invited to embark on an epicurean journey through the venue with selections of antipasti, meat and seafood, pizzas and hearty pastas. Complete with the option to mix and match, share or indulge, the combinations are endless making each experience a unique adventure.
To start, guests will be able to dive into the menu’s collection of crafted Italian specialties, such as the Housemade Mozzarella. Created from scratch daily, the cheese is served with olive oil, crunchy sea salt and seasonal accompaniments including marinated peppers, eggplant caponata and basil pesto. Cheese enthusiasts will be delighted to find an appetizer of creamy, imported Burrata Mozzarella served with basil pesto and hearth-roasted tomatoes.
Guests also may explore a collection of familiar Italian appetizers such as the Caesar Salad created with housemade garlic dressing and buttery croutons, or the Meatballs – a blend of pork, beef, veal and Italian spices – served with pomodoro, whipped ricotta and grilled bread. The Frutti di Mare seafood salad offers the quintessential flavors of the sea with a balanced mix of poached shrimp and squid, cherry tomatoes, red onion, lemon, arugula and shaved radish.
Traditional pasta dough is made using the finest authentic ingredients ranging from linguine and spaghetti to lasagna and fettuccine. The Rigatoni Alla Norma, one of Osteria’s signature menu items, is a vegetarian highlight made with eggplant, garlic and pomodoro. For bolognese lovers, the Fettuccine is served with a classic Neapolitan beef ragu and shaved pecorino cheese.
Additional pasta favorites include the traditional Bucatini Cacio E Pepe made with a base of caciocavallo – cheese produced throughout Southern Italy – and cracked black pepper; Linguine & Clams with garlic, chili peppers and finished with lemon and fresh parsley; and a Lasagna al forno of ricotta, pomodoro and housemade Italian sausage.
Paying tribute to Naples, the birthplace of pizza, the restaurant will offer Neapolitan-style pies. Offerings will include a traditional Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil, as well as the Salsiccia Bianca made with mozzarella and ricotta and topped with house-made Italian sausage, fennel and onion. In keeping with tradition, each pizza is fired to perfection in Osteria’s hearth oven.
Guests also may savor the Pollo Parmigiana – a hearty dish made with free-range organic chicken and topped with pomodoro, hand-pulled mozzarella and basil. For diners interested in fish, the Corvina Acqua Pazza will feature a white sea bass served in a broth of tomato, garlic, chili peppers, basil and lemon.
The colorful dessert menu bursts with sweet selections such as the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake, Neapolitan Cookie Gelato and Tiramisu. Those craving decadence will be able to enjoy the Limoncello Baba, a spin on the classic rum baba made with the restaurant’s housemade limoncello.
Osteria Costa is located on The Mirage’s casino level, adjacent to Pantry and Cravings Buffet, and will be open 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. daily. For reservations, visit Open Table or call (702) 791-7111