White is regarded as one the best chefs for authentic Italian food, despite the fact that he doesn’t have a drop of Italian blood and was born and raised in Wisconsin. The Michelin-starred has acclaimed Italian restaurants scattered throughout the world, including the two-Michelin-starred Marea and Ai Fiori (also Michelin rated) in New York and Al Molo in Hong Kong.
Osteria Morini is White's casual Italian restaurant concept - there's already outposts in New York, New Jersey and Washington - paying homage to the authentic and rustic cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy - where he worked in the acclaimed restaurant San Domenico in Imola.
The menu is pasta-centric (with a variety of traditional ragus and stuffed pastas) and meat-centic with steaks, pork chops, and fish, centered around a wood-burning grill. Italian wine is served on tap from barrels or by the bottle from an impressive list.
The design is classic Italian rustic, with wood tables, reclaimed farmhouse wooden beams and a miscellany of wooden cabinets and Italian images on the walls. There's also floor-to-ceiling windows and an inviting patio overlooking Collins Canal.
Expect deep-fried béchamel croquettes, polenta topped with lardo, and prosciutto and mortadella meatballs; mascarpone-stuffed pasta with black truffle, and the veal and pork ragù.
The second part of restaurant's name is a tribute to White’s mentor Gianluigi Morini, the owner and founder of acclaimed restaurant San Domenico in Imola, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy.