Recipe: Veal Osso Bucco

February 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A classic Italian dish from owner and chef, Giovanni Raccanello, of Ristorante La Toscana.

Veal Osso Buco


  • 4 Veal Shanks
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 2 Medium Yellow Onions, Diced
  • 10 to 12 Mushrooms, Sliced in Half
  • 6 Celery Stalks, Diced
  • 1 c. Red Wine- Burgundy or Cabernet
  • 1 Small Can Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. of Fresh Thyme, Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Sage, Chopped
  • 2 to 3 c. Chicken Stock
  • Cooking Oil
  • Flour, for Lightly Dusting Veal Shanks
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Heat oven to 400.

1. Season Veal Shank with Salt and Pepper on both sides. Lightly flour each side of the Veal Shank.

2. In a sauté pan, over medium heat, heat oil, add veal shank and brown on each side. When brown, remove shanks, and place in a rimmed baking sheet about 2 to 3 inches high.

3. In sauté pan, add a few tablespoons of cooking oil, sauté garlic until golden brown, add onions and sauté until transluscent and softened.

4. Add celery, carrots and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and let vegetables soften.

5. Add tomato sauce and red wine. When red wine comes to a boil add 2 to 3 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil.

6. Pour sauce over the veal shanks in baking dish, covering the veal shanks.

7. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Serve with Polenta or Rice.

About Ristorante La Toscana:
Ristorante La Toscana is located right off hwy 101, across from the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Lunches are from 1130 until 4pm and dinner is from 4 until closing. Full Bar, Banquet Facilities, and Take Out. House made specialties include cannelloni, gnocchi, lasagna, Caesar salad, minestrone, and incredible house made pasta sauces just to mention a few. Full menu available for takeout, as well as sauces and dressings.

Featuring a Monday night dinner for $20, including salad and tiramisú and a choice from 3 entrees.

Tuesday Night - Osso Buco with Ravioli Bolognese - $20.

Wednesday Night -Maine Lobster with Caesar Salad and Tiramisú for $28- please call ahead to reserve your Lobster

Thursday Night - 50 percent off bottles of wine $40 or more. Specials on Thursday include Rabbit with Polenta or Tripe with Polenta

Friday Night - Braised Lamb Shank

Fabulous Lunches - great for the budget- Special $9 pasta daily which includes salad or soup.

Delicious Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Pastas and Salads.

3751 Redwood Hwy
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 492-9100

About Chef Raccanello:
Born in 1948 in the town of Crespano di Grappa, in the Veneto Region of Italy, Giovanni came to the United States in 1958. He began his career in the kitchen at Charlie's Park In (now Mel's Drive In) and worked in several well known San Francisco restaurants to learn the skills he has today. Giovanni learned most of his skills under Oreste Orsi, owner of Orsi's restaurant in the San Francisco financial district ( now closed ). In 1986, he became Chef/Owner at La Toscana and his been there ever since. His specialties are Osso Buco, Lamb Shank, Cannelloni, Lasagne and Bolognese Sauce, just to name a few.