Luca Owners to Open Italian-Themed Steakhouse in Former Osteria Space in Warehouse District

Osteria relocated to a new downtown space in 2020

click to enlarge Former home of Osteria to become Olivia, an Italian-themed steakhouse by Luca owners. - Google Maps
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Former home of Osteria to become Olivia, an Italian-themed steakhouse by Luca owners.

For 20 years, Osteria offered diners a taste of Italy from its underground lair on W. St. Clair. The restaurant closed in 2020, but soon resurfaced that same year in the former One Walnut/Porcelli’s space on Walnut Ave.

Since then, the quaint subterranean dining room with a speakeasy vibe long home to Osteria has sat idle. But not for long. Lola and Luca Sema, owners of Acqua di Luca, Luca and Luca West have taken possession of the property at 408 W. St. Clair Ave. in the Warehouse District.

Lola Sema says that she and her husband plan to open Oliva, an Italian-themed steakhouse, in the space, which sits immediately east of Acqua di Luca. The initial timeframe puts opening day in late summer or early fall.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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