Osteria Leana is the place to be for the sumptuous new Italian fare with nods to local purveyors and farms. The dishes at this intimate establishment do not just change with the seasons. Rather, they are ever evolving with what is available and what is most fresh, which can vary week by week, and day by day. Every restaurant should follow this model. We are so lucky to have such an abundance of local produce, seafood and more on Long Island, and this opportunity to seek out the freshest fare should be fully embraced.
That is what Osteria Leana in Oyster Bay does. Located in the heart of historic Oyster Bay on the North Shore of Long Island, Osteria Leana serves dinner nightly. It is owned and operated by Peter & Heather Van Der Mije. Peter is also the Executive Chef, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2003. After graduation, he began working in New York City for well known chefs, including Jean Georges, Marcus Samuelsson, and Dan Kluger. The restaurant is one of two certified Green restaurants on Long Island by the Green Restaurant Association.
This was our first visit to Osteria Leana. Upon arrival, the staff were very warm and hospitable, letting us settle in with our two children and placing their order promptly.
We started with a glass of their house rosé and and a Bellini: Prosecco and White Peach Purée ($11). Additional notable cocktails include the Uptown Girl with LIV Vodka, Aperol, and Grapefruit ($14); and Old Teddy: 914 Bourbon, Ramazzotti Amaro, Walnut ($15).
Osteria Leana’s bar offers a distinct wine list with over thirty bottles of white, red, and sparkling Italian wines and craft beers.
Our dishes for the evening were as follows:
- Corn Soup with apple pistachio agrodolce ($13)
- Burrata: Buffalo mozzarella filled with stracciatella, grilled crostini, pomegranate balsamic ($16)
- Butternut Ravioli: butternut squash stuffed ravioli ($16/21)
- Mushroom Salad: sliced mushrooms, julienned endive, shaved parmesan in a truffle dressing ($16)
- Clam Tagliatelle: local clams in garlic, wine, and butter sauce ($17/23)
- Braised Lamb with Tomato Tabbouleh (seasonal)
- Polenta Cake served over Pumpkin Purée and topped with an Apple Fennel Salad ($21)
Everything was incredibly fresh. Our two favorite dishes were the Butternut Ravioli and the Mushroom Salad. The truffle dressing paired with the freshest mushrooms were what made the dish stand out. The Corn Soup was a perfect autumn complement; I have not had anything quite like it in some time.
Our waitress was particularly very helpful and was the one who recommend the Mushroom Salad, Corn Soup, and Braised Lamb, all of which were expertly plated.
To finish our experience, we split the Tiramisu: lady fingers soaked in espresso and marsala with mascarpone cream ($11) and drank coffee ($4) and cappuccinos ($5). They serve Harney & Sons teas and a selection of after dinner drinks.
Additional desserts include a Flourless Chocolate Cake, Affogato, Smoked Goat Cheese, Panna Cotta, and Ricotta Cheesecake.
Dinner is served nightly beginning at 5:30pm. Current specials include 20% off for Oyster Bay residents on Mondays, and 50% select wines on Wednesday.
http://www.osterialeana.com // 516-584-6995