Authentic Osso Buco

Authentic Osso Buco
Authentic Osso Buco

Authentic Osso Buco is one of those ‘special’ dishes for special occasions.  There is an amazing hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, NYC, that serves the most amazing Osso Buco and I order it every time we go…it’s that good.  Osso Buco (which means:  Bone with a hole) is an Italian dish, originating in Milan, that consists of veal shanks braised in stock, wine and vegetables.   In Milan, it is always served with a saffron risotto (coming soon to H2FaL!).  It is a luxurious dish that is truly incredible.  Be sure to top with the citrus/garlic gremolata…it gives it such a nice touch of color, but also a burst of flavor.  The bone marrow is a real delicacy and an amazing treat.  This is a keeper.  100% Loon Approved!

Authentic Osso Buco
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This Authentic Osso Buco is sublime. It's the classic low and slow technique that produces the most tender and flavorful veal. The sauce is incredible. It's topped with gremolata, which gives an added burst of flavor and color. Amazing!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 4 veal shanks, about 2 inches thick, each
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1½ cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken (or veal) stock
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Season the veal shanks all over with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil.
  4. Add the veal shanks and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and saute over medium-high heat until they start to turn tender, about 3 minutes.
  6. Pour in the wine and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  7. Stir in the carrot, celery, tomatoes, stock, oregano, and thyme and bring to a boil.
  8. Transfer the veal shanks to a large Dutch oven.
  9. Pour in the vegetable mixture .
  10. Cover and cook until the veal is fork-tender, about 2 hours.
  11. Shortly before the veal is done, mix the gremolata ingredients together in a small bowl.
  12. When the shanks are done, divide them among warmed plates, spooning the cooking liquid and vegetables over the veal.
  13. Garnish with the gremolata.
  14. Serve at once and enjoy!



  • This caught my eye on Twitter! My eye-talian hubs lurrrrves Osso Buco. When my home office was based at 1515 Broadway years ago there was actually a restaurant called Osso Buco in the West Village. They have since closed. I die.
    I am showing him this one because he has been dying to make it at home. We’ll take pics if we do and share! Happy weekend!

    • Hey Claire! OMG…I remember Osso Buco Wesley and I lived in the West Village in the late 80s and 90s, and I remember that place, too…but I don’t remember eating there. We were actors on a tight budget! Do you remember where it was located? Anyway, your hubby will love this, so flavorful and not hard to make. Just takes a little time. Please take pics and let us know how it turns out! xoxo Kris & Wesley

      • We WILL take pics for sure! We have all sorts of shenanigans going on the next couple of weekends but it is officially on the list!!
        And I want to say Osso Buco was University place?? I might be mixing up locations because it’s been a while but I think it closed 3-4 yrs ago which is several years after I was there.

        I really need an NYC fix but 82* in FL tomorrow so… maybe I’ll wait another month or so. 😉

        • Awesome! That sounds right about Univ. Place. I was thinking there was one up on Restaurant Row in the Theater District on 45th, I think. But I maybe getting that mixed up! Oh well! Have fun in Sunny Florida!! (so jealous!!). Stay in touch!

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