Osteria Monte Grappa in Ojai, California achieves the distinction of making one feel and taste Italy.
If the waiters spoke Italian or accented English, I would have been totally convinced.
The atmosphere in Osteria Monte Grappa reproduces the Italian tendency to welcome couples and families. The warmth among the staff is familial and the food is both honest and extraordinarily tasty.
There are surprises. Two we experienced were an eggplant dish with smoked mozzarella and a desert called Panettone that brought me back to Tuscany in a mouthful.