Osteria Morini introduces New York to the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The region’s central city is Bologna, most commonly recognized as the home of Maserati and Luciano Pavarotti, but Emilia-Romagna, known as the Italian Breadbasket, is also the birthplace of some of the flavors and ingredients commonly associated with Italian cuisine worldwide: prosciutto, mortadella, parmigiano, and balsamic vinegar.
Osteria Morini is named after Michael White’s mentor Gianluigi Morini, the owner and founder of acclaimed restaurant San Domenico in Imola. The restaurant draws strongly from White’s personal experience in Emilia-Romagna, where he worked under Chef Valentino Marcattilii for seven years. In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests. Our 98-seat restaurant, located on Petrosino Square at the crossroads of Little Italy and Soho, offers lunch, dinner, and brunch for a taste of Italy at any point throughout the day.