The Osteria Excellent 18
When Osteria IL Centro was awarded its 18th consecutive Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence" accolade we asked 18 notable OIC customers and other friends of the restaurant to pick one of their favorite bottles from the OIC Reserve Wine list. See below each of the esteemed wine connoisseur’s picks. Why not consider one the next time you visit Osteria IL Centro?
"Osteria Il Centro is my favorite Italian restaurant in Kansas City, the food is great, service is super friendly and it has one of the best wine lists I have ever seen, not in quantity but in quality at amazing prices…I always get to enjoy my favorite Italian wines from Tuscany such as Antinori Solaia or Ornellaia."
Marcelo Claure is CEO of Sprint
2. Ian Mohrmann
"My wife, Amanda, and I always have the Altos Las Hormigas "Altamira" (Mendoza). We usually go out to IL Centro for special date nights. The wine, Altos, reminds of us of the night we got engaged. We were in a small town on the western coast of Mexico. A hurricane was heading toward the city and we went for supplies. Of all the supplies, a bottle of Altos was included. The hurricane never made it to land and we enjoyed the wine."
Ian Mohrmann is President at The Soccer Lot, LLC
3. Pat Malinak Green
"The interesting wine list at Il Centro makes it very hard to choose a favorite. They have my favorite Spanish wine, some awesome domestics, and lovely Tuscans. I will have to go with Sequoia Grove though. It is my favorite "go to" wine. It is rich and earthy, with smooth tannins. Sip at first because it improves after it has had a chance to breathe. Better yet, open it immediately, but make it your second bottle! It will be perfect by then, and does pair great with most desserts! "
Pat Malinak Green is a Partner at New Vision Photography
2003 La Massa Chianti Classico “Giorgio Primo”-? Sangoivese
"My favorite wines have come from my personal adventures and life experiences. I have an affinity towards Italian wines from living in Italy on and off for about four years. More recently in early 2000’s, my family went to Tuscany for a month on our last big family trip. We stayed in a 16th Century stone farmhouse on a working vineyard, Quercia al Poggio. I recommend La Massa Chianti Classico “Giorgio Primo” to enjoy the classic flavors of Italy paired with Il Centro’s delectable Italian menu."
Kim Weinberger is the Owner of Weinberger Fine Art in downtown Kansas City Crossroads Arts District.
5. Loren Rea
"I enjoy the Louis Martini Cabernet - a house wine at IL Centro. The quality of the wine is very good and it's a big hearty red wine, which I like. I've been drinking it for a bout a year. I really enjoy the atmosphere at Osteria - it's upscale and cozy."
Loren Rea is an Attorney and Investor in Brookside
"I confess that I limit my attention to the Cabernet that Brent suggests except on half price night I often treat myself to a glass (often two) of Ayres Pinot Noir. And that has been my plan for 17 years and it has never let me down. And neither have Gregg and Brent. My wife Marilyn and I started with IL Centro 17 years ago, and I have continued on for the 7 years since her death, once a week at her favorite table, because it is “family” to us."
Larry McMullen is an Attorney at Husch Blackwell
"My pick is the 2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Lovely aromas of fruits a hint of chocolate. Soft plum and blackberry…leading to a finish that makes a statement! One of the best Pinots I’ve ever had."
Allen Reynolds is Vice President of Kansas City Printing & Sign
"One of the great perks of working at IL Centro is the opportunity to enjoy the extensive array of amazing wines. From all of these great options, the Chappellet Mountain Cuvee is a wine I am particularly drawn to. The rich aroma that emerges from the glass when poured is enticing in itself. Complemented by an allure of dark fruit and notes of roasted coffee accompanying the balance of tannins, creating a smooth and extremely satisfying finish.
Whether we are enjoying a relaxing evening at home, or entertaining guests over a delicious meal, the Chappellet Mountain Cuvee is sure to be a wine everyone will enjoy!
Nicole Nielsen is a beloved manager at OIC
9. Greg Koehler
"I recommend any Joseph Phelps. There are always different varietals and vintages, but some producers just arouse memories of great times. It reminds me of living in San Francisco when i was younger and drinking a glass of wine with my wife on the wharf."
Greg Koehler is a Retirement Plan Consultant with SageView Advisory Group and lives in Brookside with his wife Tara, and four children, Caroline, Henry, Harrison and Annabelle.