We had tried Hosteria on a casual evening about a year ago and had a great there. So when we found ourselves hungry for some hearty Italian food after an Easter Friday thermal experience we decided to give it a try again. As soon as we arrived, Andrea welcomed us with a large smile, led us to a nice table by the window and took our coats. We dined at 6:30pm and there was still daylight out casting a nice glow in the modern decor of the restaurant. At the back there was a large mirror lengthening the room and a large well stocked glass wine cellar.
The menu met our expectations, offering a varied choice of dishes following Italian traditions with antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni etc, modern antipasti, typical pasta dishes, a nice choice of meats and fish. We ordered our meal and received fresh bread and a delicious olive oil while waiting for our dishes. We asked for a glass of wine suggestion and our waiter offered a glass of a biological Italian wine (coincidentally the priciest choice) which we taste; however, it had a level of acidity we felt would not compliment our meal so we settled for a full bodied alternative.
As antipasti we ordered the polipetti alla Luciana; tomato stewed wild baby octopus with capers and the octopus carpaccio. Both were so good that we had to finish off saucing our plates with bread!
Our main quickly followed; we had the seafood Mezzemaniche (a short and fat pasta) and the parppadelle with boar ragu. Once again it was very good; we sipped our wine and later on, are showed a desert menu.
From that point on, for an unknown reason, our nice dining experience goes downhill. The desert menu has limited choices with several gelato options and we decide to skip desert but go for coffee. But, our waiter seems to have completely forgotten our table and we need to call on him several times to refill our water glasses and to take our coffee order. Again after our coffee we wait a while for the bill, however the waiter promptly returns to collect payment. After paying and leaving a comfortable tip, we asked for our coats that had been so smoothly whisked away when we arrived, only to be told by the waiter “to go get them ourselves that they are at the back” before returning to the cash. We were left baffled by this attitude particularly given that the same waiter had a few minutes before rushed to a departing table to bring them their coats! How disappointing! This left us a bad closing feeling for this restaurant that had great food despite the inconsistent and downright unpleasant service at the end.
Rating from 1 to 10:
Wine selection /advice:7
Cost:8 (2 courses, wine and coffee =60$ before tax and tip)
Overall:7 (unpleasant service at the end dropped the rating to 7)
Address: 236 Rue Saint Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1L1