Osteria de Medici
201 10th St NW

Hours of operation:
Mon. – Sat. (11a.m.-11p.m.), Sun. (4 p.m.-11 p.m)
Rating: ***
Price range: $$$$
Reservations: Available
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch w/co-workers: No
Social Lunch: No
Quick solo lunch: No
Time in: 12:32 p.m.
Ordered: 12:41 p.m.
Food arrived: 12:56 p.m.
Time out: 1:24 p.m.
Total time: 52 minutes
Low $: Insalata Mista (Mixed Salad), $6.95
High $: Rack of Lamb, $32
Lunch menu: Separate, two additional lunch features
Licensed: Yes

I have driven past and heard about Osteria de Medici too many times to count so I decided the day had finally come for a visit.

Located in prime Kensington real estate sits Calgary’s version of a celebrity-filled Italian restaurant. In fact, the first thing you see upon entering the doors is a wall of smiling knowns (and a few unknowns) who have graced the premises. The vibe of Osteria is relaxed and upscale. Even though you can see the hustle and bustle of 10th street through the windows, you forget about it and simply take in the ambiance.

With lunch menu in hand I ordered the Vitello all Parmigina (Veal Parmigina, $24). Joined by a pair of fresh buns, the portion size was substantial for a lunch meal. The flavour was decent as was the service, which was expected from a restaurant of this caliber.

What makes Osteria de Medici a hotspot is the image it portrays. Every city needs restaurants that have one main purpose — to provide an arena to see and be seen. Osteria delivers. The price was a bit high for just a quick lunch but if you are looking to impress a business client, Osteria de Medici hits the mark. And after all, Tom Selleck might not impress you but if it’s good enough for Jarome Iginla, it’s good enough for me.

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