Owner and chef Antonio Tettamanzi opened the restaurant at the Woodbury, Minn., club in May and offers a made-from-scratch menu that supports local growers and healthy, gluten-free meals.
Antonio Tettamanzi recently opened his newest restaurant, Osteria, at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minn., the Woodbury Bulletin reported.
With the opening of Osteria, which means a place that serves wine and food, Tettamanzi brings more than 30 years of experience to Woodbury. A native of Milan, Italy, Tettamanzi started his career as a chef when he was just 14 years old. For three years as a teen, he participated in an “Iron Chef”-like competition in Japan. He graduated from Italian Culinary Institute, then went to Le Notre Pastry School in France. After that, he served two years in the military—part of which was as a sniper in Beruit, the Bulletin reported.
It was 1985 when he first came to New York, after being invited to work for Donald Trump, at Trump Tower. In 1988, he opened his first restaurant, Osteria Del Teatro, in Miami. Before long, Osteria Del Teatro became one of the trendiest spots around. He eventually sold his half of Osteria Del Teatro to his partner, the Bulletin reported.
Tettamanzi found his way to Minnesota in 1998. He opened Tiramisu Italian Restaurant in Minnetonka, then opened five more restaurants in the years to come, the Bulletin reported.
Coincidentally, at one point, he lived in Woodbury, in a home near Prestwick Golf Club. “I used to come here with my kids,” he said. “I thought it was amazing. I always imagined opening a restaurant here.”
Tettamanzi takes pride in the menu he has at Osteria. He does not want to present meals that could be found in chain restaurants, and trains his staff to take pride in the meals they are creating for customers. He supports local growers, and has created a made-from-scratch menu that celebrates the natural flavors of the ingredients used in the meals. The menu also offers a number of healthy, gluten-free meals, the Bulletin reported.
“I think it takes very little to make a meal healthy.” Tettamanzi said. “That’s the way you are raised in Italy. I don’t know any other way to do it.”
The one-page menu includes salads, appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, pasta and main dishes, such as seafood risotto with shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels, clams, and fresh tomatoes; or the eggplant carpaccio, with grilled eggplant, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and croutons.
Osteria opened earlier in May. So far, the lunch crowd has been mostly golfers, but the evenings and weekends are becoming popular, the Bulletin reported.
It is fun to see people coming in and appreciating what Osteria has to offer, Business Manager/Marketing Director Kerry D’Amato said. “That’s sort of the Italian way of life,” she said. “Laughing, eating, sharing… That’s what Antonio brings to Prestwick. It’s a way of life.”