italian in nairobi

In the midst of turning towards fun, I want to share some of the places that have become old friends as well as the new discoveries made here and on my travels. And so today, I introduce you to my blog category called ‘places’ and Osteria, an Italian restaurant in Nairobi.


A friend and I arrived at Osteria for Saturday lunch, and it could not have been more perfect. The tables outside made it seem we were in a courtyard, possibly a thousand miles away. Bruschetta, mozzarella, basil, mushrooms, pasta, and wine. I am convinced that the lack of good cheese in Kigali has not completely lowered my standards and that it was indeed good food. I would go on and on about each dish we had if I did not think you would immediately begin to think of ways to ship me cheese. But, just one comment: capris salad – fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil leaves, balsamic vinegar. Perfection. Add to that smiling staff that were there when needed, but melted away and were happy to let us talk for hours, stretching the meal long so that our tummies could find space for a few bites more.


Yes, Osteria has officially been added to my list of places to frequent when I am in Nairobi. In case you need a bit more convincing, they have an ice cream shop as well that looked like it was filled with homemade gelato. The family sitting outside looked like they were in a small piece of heaven. Unfortunately we were too stuffed for even a small scoop, so should you stop by, please let me know how it is.

One Reply to “italian in nairobi”

  1. Osteria is my very favorite restaurant too. If you haven’t gone to their Karen location, it is beautiful!

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