These are reviews of Osteria Fasulo from 2006. For more current reviews, visit the entry.

3/5/2006. I was there Fri 3/3/2006 and thought the food was excellent and the service just as good. A nice intimate evening with good wine and food. The best part was the chocolate creme brulee topped with caramelized bananas. It is pricey and the portions are small, but the food is rich. Larger portions would give most people a stomach ache afterwards. Each meal comes with a complimentary glass of prosecca (Italian champagne) and fresh bread and salsa verde (olive oil mixed with roasted garlic and parsley). We each had a glass of wine, two starters, main course and dessert. Bill came out to just under $100 including tip. Everything tasted extremely fresh and good. You must go if you like Italian food and have someone special to take.

I have been to Osteria Fasulo, and I am a student. It is pricey, but REALLY good. I'm not all into Italian either, but everything there is good; the bread is awesome, the soup, the sandwiched for lunch are also super good, and dinner too. I recommend it to anyone, I can't believe no one has heard of it, but it is really tucked away. Perfect for a special night especially with someone you care about. Their outdoor patio is very nice. Oh and if you like wine, go! -Taryn

I know there used to be one out there called Plumshire Inn. I've been told that it closed about a year or so ago. Apparently it belonged to an old couple who had some hand in developing that area, and that the restaurant was the only business in that particular area. It was their thing, and when they decided to retire, the restaurant closed. From what I had heard, it was a tad expensive, but it was supposed to be, far and away, the best restaurant in Davis (I heard this from my old neighbors, who had eaten there, and were food connoisseurs). As far as I know, a new one did not open in its place, but I could be wrong about that. -EricKlein

  • The Plumshire Inn was a very pleasant restaurant of the "California Cuisine" variety. Osteria Fasulo is a worthy replacement if you like upscale Italian cooking. Plumshire Inn was owned by Mike Corbett, the developer of Village Homes. Corbett is not that old, and not retired; he built the rather attractive duplex at the corner of 7th and B, and is a principle in the proposed Covell Village development Northwest of the corner of Covell and Pole Line Road.-MarcusSitz
  • discusses Plumshire Inn. The phone number works (I called them), but they're closed today, so I guess they still exist. They seem to have a new name though, which I couldn't understand from their recorded message, so someone will have to visit or call back during business hours. And I think I'm game for a bike ride over there to photograph them and confirm their existance. — KenBloom
    • I did a little research, and it seems that the Plumshire Inn is indeed gone, but has been replaced by Osteria Fasulo (see their homepage). See this review for details. The new restaurant is Italian, and quite upscale from what the review has to say. It sounds like it is priced out of the reach of most students (and almost all grad students), but probably has good food. I wish now that I had gone to the old Plumshire Inn while it was still here. Although I like Italian food, Italian restaurants always seem to charge too much for what you get (I'm talking about quality, not quantity. Although, in this case, quantity seems to be an issue as well). -EricKlein
      • I just took a bike ride, and confirmed this. I have also ruled out the existance of a restaurant any farther west on Russell. (Businesses on Lake Blvd. not withstanding). — KenBloom

I would agree that Osteria Fasulo is delicious, and tucked away and expensive. But I would not call it overpriced. You are paying for the artful presentation of the food, the cozy dining room, the service, and the overall experience of eating delicious food at a civilized place, hopefully with excellent conversation to round out the evening. I have only been there once, but it was one of my favorite meals in Davis.— JuliaSilvis

The Plumshire Inn was a vegetarian resturant with local, organic produce and decent prices. Half of the residents of the Village Homes really enjoyed it, most likely the Hippies. The other half, presumably Yuppies, love the new, high-class and meat-centric Osteria. This is exemplary of the social dynamic (or divide) within the village. Personally, I would prefer the former but I do appreciate the fact that Osteria sources much produce locally (even some from a friend's new farm). However, I went for a coffee once with a friend and it cost me seven bucks! Needless to say, don't expect to see me there having coffee... — MikeSiminitus

  • The Plumshire Inn was most definitely not a vegetarian restaurant; depending on the menu we usually had 1-2 vegetarian dishes available. Prices were "decent" in the $15-$20 way. Although I spent nearly all my time there in the kitchen, I'd say most of our clientele were university faculty and other professional types, certainly not the hippy crowd. — SeanOMara

2006-04-16 11:55:55   4/15/06: The food is excellent and the wine list is extensive, although pricey. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Davis. Although it is expensive, the food, service, and atmosphere are all worth it. —AcMach

2006-07-28 20:41:43   I went here with the idea of having an expensive date. The food was mediocre and would have been decent at somewhere less expensive but it was definitely not worth the price I paid. I was shocked considering the glowing reviews this place has received on this page. Did y'all order the full course meal? Are there better places in Sac or back in the Bay that you'd suggest splurging on? —LiRic

2006-08-21 00:07:29   My wife and I went for our anniversary and were very disappointed. Although the setting is charming, the food is unoriginal. We were among the first guests of the evening, but they were already "out of" the chef's special appetizer, the fish of the day, and one dessert. What this means is that they just didn't bother to prepare them. I mean, I could have run down to Safeway, bought some fish, and cooked it as "fish of the day." Plus, they had no red wines by the glass. The food they did serve was acceptable, but unexceptional, and — really — nothing I couldn't have made at home. —DanLawyer

2006-12-11 22:01:44   Fresh delectable food. Good service that does not pester or rush you. Interesting and seasonal menu that changes frequently so you can always try new things. Solid and expansive wine list. After frequent visits, I have never been disappointed and plan to attend frequently. —EsTs