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Osteria opens Saturday in Nichols Hills Plaza

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The brick oven inside Osteria Craft Cocktails and Casual Eatery.
The brick oven inside Osteria Craft Cocktails and Casual Eatery.
Osteria Craft Cocktails & Casual Eatery, 6430 Avondale Dr., is now taking reservations for Saturday. The new concept from local chef Jonathon Stranger and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani takes over the space previously occupied by Starbucks and the original Ground Floor Café in Nichols Hills Plaza.

The restaurant features classic Italian cuisine, including pasta made in house daily, brick-oven pizzas and antipasti. The bar features an impressive list of cocktails, spirits and wines.

Viviani was a contestant on season five of "Top Chef," earning audience favorite honors. He's written three cookbooks and has six restaurant concepts. He also has a line of wines and a lobster-shipping operation. Check out all his entrepreneurial endeavors here

Stranger has been active in the local diningsphere the past decade, starting with his Table One collaboration with Ryan Parrott. Then he co-founded Ludivine with Russ Johnson. After he left his Ludivine, Stranger helped open En Croute and St. Mark’s Chop Room with current partner Drew Tekell. That duo recently led a group of investors in buying Prairie Wolf Distillery before getting Osteria opened.

I’m going into Osteria for test-drive tonight, watch my social media accounts for photographic evidence.

Meantime, you can make reservations at Osteria for as early as tomorrow by calling 254-5058. And here's a look at the opening menu:

Pecan Festival Saturday

LUTHER – The Luther Pecan Festival returns for a second year on Saturday with more than 50 artists and food trucks, live music, a kids zone, cookoff, and car show in the middle of Main Street.

On the live music stage will be On a Whim, featuring Luther Police Chief David Randall. Other acts include Parachute, Myoozik Aqui, Kyle Reid, Mad Honey, Red Grass String Band and Brooding.

The car show will be hosted at DJ’s BBQ, 204 N Ash St.

The free event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Luther, but you can register here

Stellar news for Christmas

Among the many sad tidings that came with the closure of Trattoria il Centro several years ago was the end of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Chef Christine Dowd and partner Maggie Howell made it a Christmas tradition for several years.

But now chef Melissa Aust will take up the mantel as Stella Modern Italian, 1201 N Walker Ave., recently announced it was hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $65, booze and tip are extra. Kids under 10 eat free.

I haven’t seen the menu yet, but you can count on seven different kinds of seafood and the top-notch service Stella has come to be known for over the years.

For reservations, call 235-2200.

Open House

Both Gourmet Gallery locations will host their annual Holiday open houses on Nov. 30. The gourmet shops specializing in local flavors, gift baskets and fine crystal have locations at 1532 S. Boulevard in Edmond and at the Shoppes at Northpark. This post-black Friday occasion will feature free sample and discounts storewide. It’s also ideal for getting a gift basket ordered in time for Christmas. For more information, call 715-3663.

 

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The brick oven inside Osteria Craft Cocktails and Casual Eatery.

The brick oven inside Osteria Craft Cocktails and Casual Eatery.

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›

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