Dish of the Week: Osteria Morini’s burrata

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Osteria Morini's burrata is cheese topped with broccoli rabe and tart grapefruit.

Osteria Morini, located on the Southeast Waterfront, caters to everyone’s deepest desires – that is if your your deepest desires include al dente pasta and rich cheese.

Osteria Morini’s vast menu is filled with classic Italian dishes, most of which include copious amounts of cheese. They offer cheesy lasagna with a creamy bechamel sauce ($23), a poached egg with truffle fondue ($12) and a wide array of tangy, Italian cheeses (one for $10, three for $20 and five for $28).

One of Osteria Morini’s best dishes by far is the creamy burrata ($16). Burrata, which originates from the Apulia region of Italy, is a type of buffalo mozzarella filled with soft, stringy curd and cream.

Traditionally, burrata is served with tomatoes, basil and a bit of balsamic vinegar, but Osteria Morini switches it up a bit. They top this creamy cheese with crunchy, charred broccoli rabe and tart and juicy ruby red grapefruit. It’s a bit of a strange combination, but the different textures and flavors complement each other well.

When you first try the dish, the juice of the grapefruit will mix with the cream that oozes out of the cheese when you cut into it. Then the broccoli rabe adds a bit of bitterness and crunch. This dish is the perfect mixture of sweetness and bitterness. If you want to bring yet another flavor into the mix, you can add prosciutto for $5, which gives the dish an extra touch of saltiness.

If you still have some of Osteria Morini’s warm and crusty bread left on the table, it’s the perfect thing to scoop up all of the leftover cream from the burrata.

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