Aroma Osteria in Poughkeepsie: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

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Hi, Toni Addonizio here reporting on my visit to Aroma Osteria. On Friday evening my husband and four friends ventured out for Restaurant Week. Our reservations were for 8:30.

As you enter this Tuscany style farmhouse you are immediately introduced to a tranquil waterfall. As you go upstairs the main entrance leads to a granite bar and mahogony wine room which exhibits the various wines that are offered. The dining room displays an extremely large mural illustrating the Tuscany countryside.(Painted by a local artist.)

We started with a bread basket accompanied by olive oil for dipping. We  all took advantage of the special HVRW menu and were able to experience all three entrees that were offered, although we did order two appetizers off of the regular menu.

For appetizers we all chose the Cod and Potato Croquettes served with a locally grown Mesclun salad. We also ordered off of the regular menu Broccoli Rabe sauteed in garlic and chili peppers and Fritto Di Calamari served with a spicy tomato sauce.

For the main course the three men ordered the Maialetto alla birra,the slow braised pork was prepared with Moretti beer,Vidalia onions and Thyme, served over mashed potatoes and Collard greens. They enjoyed their main course and commented how tender the pork was.

For my main entree I ordered the pan roasted wild mushroom stuffed Rainbow Trout, served over sauteed spinach. In my opinion they were ambitious to be creative but it lacked flavor and it was hard to remove the strings used to hold the stuffing in.

My two friends ordered the Homemade Gnocchi served in a creamy porcini mushroom sauce adorned with white truffle oil, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They commented that the Gnocchi were light  and the sauce was garlicky.

For dessert I ordered my all time favorite…Panna Cotta.   This silky custard was infused with Limoncello and served with a raspberry sauce. The tartness of the raspberry sauce balanced out the sweetness of the Limoncello nicely.

The men all ordered Canolli flavored Gelato with a chocolate sauce and crushed cannnoli shells.

Our server was very  attentive. Superb, professional waitstaff, even the owner stopped at all the tables to greet his customers. It’s like you’re transported to Tuscany.

Here’s the web site for Aroma Osteria in Poughkeepsie. aromaosteriarestaurant.com.

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