Loosely translated from Italian, osso buco means "bone with a hole." The meat that circles the bone is sweet and tender; the marrow inside the bone is creamy and rich.
Ask your butcher for four veal shanks of similar size, each of them tied so the meat is secured to the bone. The initial searing of the meat is essential to the outcome of this dish. Take your time, and don't let the pieces touch in the pan while you're browning them.