It’s easy to overshoot the turn into SkySong, so look alive while you drive! You won’t want to miss modern Italian hot spot Fellow Osteria. The sleek, clean and airy space – so many beautiful glass walls and windows, so many adorable succulents in metallic, geometric planters – comes from “the Clever Koi boys,” as they’re known in our office, aka Born & Raised Hospitality owners Joshua James and Nicholas Campisano. (Their other property: Across the Pond, which I have yet to check out. Maybe soon…) It’s chill during the 5 o’clock hour, with a handful of tables of friends and lovers ordering snacks and drinks or the occasional early dinner. By 6 p.m., it picks up and promptly gets packed. Plan your visit accordingly.
There are no daily happy hour discounts where food is concerned, but the antipasti section of the menu offers a lot of tasty noshing options. My gal pals and I split light-as-air calamari fritti with deeply flavored romesco and bright lemon ($11); crispy arancini infused with saffron and fontina and piled in a puddle of toothsome tomato sauce ($10); and a seasonal pizza topped with roasted summer corn and Italian chiles ($13) that was the hit of the evening. I picked up every stray kernel that fell off of my slices and tucked them into my remaining stretchy, chewy, perfectly charred crust for “second pizza” à la Pam Beesly’s “second drink” in The Office. So good. Next time, I’m coming for the daily salumi and cheese ($12).
Fellow does offer some food specials during the week. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, $9.99 gets you half a pizza and half a salad (truly a steal – primo pizza for a delivery price). On Mondays and Tuesdays from open to close, Fellow offers a special that includes a pizza, an entrée salad and a bottle of wine for just $40.
James is an award-winning mixologist, so it’s no surprise that the cocktails here are heavenly. Before 6 p.m., each costs only $6 (regular price: $11). I start with the Jungle Bird, a refined take on the tiki classic: The Funk rum, Tuvè aperitif, lime, pineapple and Small Hands pineapple gum, garnished with a pineapple wedge and Luxardo cherry fashioned into a tiny bird of paradise. The Spritz-Er has similarly beautiful garnishes – triangles of citrus plunged into the cocktail, a sprig from the basil family crossing over the icy surface like an herb bridge. The drink itself is bright and fruity (but not too sweet), with a hint of spice: strawberry-infused Aperol, Ca’ di Alte Pinot Grigio, lemon, lime, soda water and cardamom syrup. I also try a sip of my friend’s Signora Verde, light and refreshing with its whimsical cucumber garnish, and another friend’s Bees Knees, gussied up with sage, raspberry and runny honey. Every sip is perfect and well-balanced. I’d love to come back with a more robust alcohol tolerance and a designated driver and try the whole cocktail menu.
Lunch Love: From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., get half a pizza and half a salad for $9.99.
Flock Together: On Mondays and Tuesdays, get a bottle of wine, an entrée salad and a pizza for $40.
$6 by 6: Before 6 p.m., get $6 glasses of wine, house cocktails and half-pitchers of beer.