I am in love with the new Italian restaurant down the street called OH-no-tree, but spelled Oenotri. Southern Italian/Sicilian cuisine that presents new flavors each week to satisfy your Italian urge. First, the pizza: We chose the margherita pizza again to look for consistency and it was just perfect. Crusty, a nice blend of tomatoes and oregano and just a touch of cheese make this pizza a perfect appetizer to begin the meal. I ordered the roasted artichoke salad (I know they’ll be out of season soon!), served with potatoes and tuna confit and Jamie ordered the field greens with vinaigrette. Nothing wrong with his salad; it was just that mine sparkled with every bite and he agreed. I’ll warn you now: trying to limit what you order can be difficult considering that they make their own pastas and salumi.
Jamie ordered the pasta with lamb, with a rich, earthy sauce that you wanted to sop up with bread. (A note on bread: they’ll serve it if you ask for it; it isn’t just offered, and it comes with olive oil) I chose the house-made pastrami dinner with arugula (not my favorite green but it worked perfectly with the pastrami) and long-cooked fava beans in the skin, all of which was delicious. The beans pleasantly surprised me: I usually boil my fava beans briefly and then remove the outer skin before using; but the longevity of the cooking process at Oenotri softened the skin and gave the bean a silkier texture than I imagined. As for wine we brought our own: a $15 corkage fee for the first bottle, and $20 for every bottle after that. Reservations here are a must, and at least 1 to 2 weeks in advance for a decent dinner time.