Bring Your Appetite To Osteria Moto
After waiting and wondering, patrons will be able to experience Italian eatery Osteria Moto when it opens the week of Dec. 3. The El Dorado Hills Town Center establishment, located next to the amphitheater, is described as being in the vein of a traditional Italian osteria — a casual, local gathering place for food, friends and wine.
Chef Andy Chavez told Village Life to expect “traditional, classic dishes, reflecting different regions of Italy.” The menu will change seasonally. All pasta is hand-made every day and most everything will be made in-house. House specialties include Bolognese sauce, meatballs and fresh ricotta. All produce comes directly from local farms and regional farmers markets. A few of Osteria Moto’s local partners include 24 Carrot Farm, Soil Born Farms, Stemple Creek Ranch and Rancho Llano Seco.
Osteria Moto’s core belief is: Great food need not be elaborate or overwrought, but rather fresh, uncomplicated and well executed in order to get out of the way of the ingredients and find the joy in their innate flavors and qualities.
Owner Stephen Sakulsky described how he and his team plan to replicate the success they created at Osteria La Buca on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. “Tony Mansour was one of our original regulars in LA,” Sakulsky explained. “When the space in El Dorado Hills became available, we knew the timing was right.”
Sakulsky and his young family have relocated to the area, as have Chavez and general manager Jackee Ermansons.
Osteria La Buca has its own farm, but Sakulsky said they still “developed cool relationships” with local partners, just as they are doing in El Dorado Hills. Everything used in the restaurant, from food to soap to oil, does not contain anything synthetic or modified. “If we cannot make it, then we find someone who shares our values who can,” Sakulsky said.
The Osteria Moto space has been renovated by Los Angeles designer Brendan Ravenhill. “We wanted to open it up more, bring in more natural light,” Sakulsky added. Materials “of strength” are important to him, thus the prominent use of alder and limestone throughout.
The space has also been expanded to include a wine room and a market. Renowned local artist Joshua Tremain created four original paintings for Osteria Moto.
What will be Sakulsky’s definition of success in El Dorado Hills? “To continue to do what we do,” he said. “Show true hospitality, honesty and integrity. We want to change the dining scene in the region.”
Osteria Moto is located at 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 124. It will be open daily for dinner, with lunch and brunch coming soon.