Italy’s Amalfi Coast is known for its Mediterranean breezes, sundry colors and old world charm.

It is with this in mind that MGM National Harbor has taken its first foray into fine Italian cuisine with its newest  restaurant; Osteria Costa.

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The six-story Osteria Costa marquee sign outside the MGM National Harbor hotel and casino.  

The Osteria—Italian for tavern—opened late last year and offers its guests an authentic Amalfi Coast experience with its colorful décor, impeccable service and succulent offerings.

Osteria Costa has a full bar as well as an extensive list of antipasti, salads, wood-fired pizzas, made-in-house pastas and unique main courses in the main dining room.

In the bar each day, a fresh assortment of limoncello is crafted in-house available to be poured neat, or as part of a refreshing cocktail. Its wine program also reflects the southern coast of Italy and celebrates vines from throughout that region.

Osteria Costa’s vibrant overall décor somehow exudes both the class and comfort of the Amalfi Coast with bright colors and rustic touches reminiscent of the picturesque villages that cling to the Italian coastline.

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Fritto Misto; crispy shrimp served with fresh vegetsbles, tart lemon and spicy Fresno chili peppers.

An appetizer standout is the Fritto Misto; crispy shrimp with fresh zucchini, tart lemon and spicy Fresno chili peppers. One taste of this specialty dipped in the accompanying lemon-caper aioli and you’re bound to want to immediately order two more servings. 

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A succulent homemade meatball topped with whipped Ricotta cheese and fresh basil.

But save room for some homemade meatballs, served with whipped Ricotta cheese and garden-fresh basil. These beef & pork hybrids are moist and flavorful, with both an elegant silky feel and a powerful explosion of meaty satisfaction.

If you’re into seafood, the main course is a no-brainer.

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Grilled Branzino, imported from Italy’s coast and served with arugula, pepperoncini and razor-thin lemon slices preserved in lemon juice.

The imported Branzino, or Mediterranean Sea Bass, is professionally prepared each day by Chef Beau Williams. Williams was previously the Executive Chef at the Michael Mina seafood restaurant in Las Vegas’ Bellagio hotel and casino.  

The Branzino’s whole filets are served butterflied and grilled with touches of fennel, lemon and oregano. It is then served with arugula, pepperoncini and razor-thin lemon slices preserved in lemon juice that can be eaten along with the fish; the crispiness of the seared Branzino pairs with the lemon zest, and the pepperoncini, for a spicy zing that is simply out of this world.

If you are more of a pasta person, the Bucatini Cacio E Pepe is prepared with imported Pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper in a creamy, tangy white sauce that is truly unique.

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Osteria Costa Chef Beau Williams putting a pizza into the wood-fire oven.

For dessert, you can’t get any more authentic Italian than by ordering an Olive Oil Torta cake.

The moist, semi-sweet confection pairs perfectly with coffee. 

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A bevy of traditional Italian desserts. The Olive Oil Torta cake is on the far right.

On Thursdays from 5-10 p.m., you can escape to the Italian coast for Osteria Costa’s live music, menu specials and half off Osteria Costa’s wine selects of the week, each hand chosen by an on-premises sommelier.

Osteria Costa is located within MGM National Harbor at 101 MGM National Ave in Oxon Hill. It is housed in the space formerly occupied by D.C. Venture, and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-10 p.m. and from 5-11 p.m. on weekends. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, go to their website: https://www.mgmnationalharbor.com/en/restaurants/osteria-costa.html.

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