"A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing." Muhammad Ali
It's been a few years since I visited Ichnusa Botega & Bistro. I had some great meals there -- what I remember of them, anyway. They always involved copious amounts of wine and lasted at least three hours.
The other thing I remember about Ichnusa was the lack of a written menu. The chef would come out, tell you what ingredients he had available, and what he could make out of them. There was usually some back and forth with the customer before the order was settled.
That's essentially the concept at the Italian restaurant Osteria Ai Galli in Holešovice, up near Letenské náměstí.
Inside the entrance, there is a small shop. There are cases with cheeses, salamis, mortadella, and dried fish.
The other dining area is also quite small. Reservations are recommended. I called once in the afternoon for a Friday night reservation and was told they were full.
The restaurant is dog friendly. I believe this is the owner's friendly dog.
The bread was fine, but nothing special.
We also had clams in a broth of white wine, garlic, and parsley (165 CZK).
For a main course, the waiter recommended the monk fish. Miss P asked if it could be done alla Gallipolina --- a style she enjoyed over the summer during a trip to Puglia. He hadn't heard of it, but she described it, and they made it.
The fish rolled in bread crumbs and lightly cooked.
I had the double veal chop.
With the dull knife I was given, it was hard to cut satisfying and easily chewable slices from it. It could have been great with better veal, but I was disappointed.
The fish and the meat cost 525 CZK and 475 CZK, but I am not sure which was which because the receipt was not clearly itemized. The service was good except it did take too long to get the bill delivered to the table. The total was 1550 CZK without tip.
We sat in the other room on the second visit. We were joined again by our furry friend.
This time, we started with a mix of mussels and clams.
I had homemade tagliatelle with Italian sausage, tomato, and parsley.
Miss P had the shrimp, which she liked very much.
I needed to try a dessert. They had tiramisu, but I went for the sweet mascarpone.
The tab for this visit came to 1025 CZK before tip.
If Osteria Ai Galli was in my neighborhood, I'd be more than glad.
The bottom line is that I liked it. I'm just not crowing about it.
Osteria Ai Galli
Prague 7 - Holešovice
Phone: +420 775 439 222
Phone: +420 777 979 858