Look no further for authentic Italian cuisine than Osteria, and it's served in a decidedly unstuffy and farmhouse-esque environment amid cheery rooms, stellar service and, often, live piano music. Owner Lino Pertusini hails from Italy—as do almost all ingredients used in crafting the menu. He has sought to create food and atmosphere to rival his homeland and a more upscale experience than his other, admittedly excellent, Santa Fe establishment, Pizzeria and Trattoria da Lino on Guadalupe Street. Osteria's hearty appetizers such as the soup of the day ($7) and fried calamari ($14) prepare the way for lunch or dinner choices such as the lightly breaded and sinfully cheesy pollo parmigiana ($17-$25), unfathomably tender piccata di vitello veal chop ($32) or osso buco e risotto ($37). Osteria's is not an expansive menu, but it's a refreshing lack of clutter and specials change often. Housemade tiramisu ($8.50) sweetens the deal, and with lunch combos featuring salads and sandwiches, you won't break the bank.

Osteria D'Assisi
58 S Federal Place, 986-5858
Lunch and dinner daily;
brunch Saturday and Sunday
Twitter: @OsteriaSantaFe
Instagram: @osteriasantafe