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About Osteria BIGOLI
Welcome to Osteria BIGOLI
Executive Chef Claudio Marchesan has done it again, former chef of famous restaurant Pane e Vino! He has been quietly turning out some of the most refined Italian dishes on the Westside for twenty years, combining his native Italian sensibilities with a good deal of contemporary flair.
His former restaurant on Beverly Blvd., Pane e Vino, was a standard for fine Italian cuisine for years.
Now, step inside the new Montana restaurant and serenity reigns in the spare yet stylish interior. It is remarkably comfortable.
The emphasis is on the food. The cuisine"s strength lies in the use of local ingredients with minimal fuss, stressing the seasonal flavors.
The menu features salads and pasta, as well as pesce del giorno; fresh pastas are offered daily. The bread is freshly baked daily on the premises.
Wine lovers will feel right at home with the featured wine list of Italian and California varietals.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm-Sunday 5:00pm to 9:pm
Lincoln and Montana Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
on the rear, access from 7th street south east of montana
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
vincenzo: (310) 395-6619
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Osteria BIGOLI Ratings and Reviews
Before the change in ownership, this was one of our favorite Italians in Santa Monica. It is now our least favorite in the world.
We arrived about 5 minutes before our reservation and the gentleman (who we know now is the managing partner) pulled out his cell phone to look at a screen shot of reservations. There seemed to be an issue as there were multiple people turning up at once, and not a lot of tables turning. We sat at the tiny bar briefly until a table was ready.
The first misstep was when we ordered a bottle of wine, the server came over and showed the bottle to us, we thought it was the wrong one, but couldn’t find the wine list to verify so we said okay. After he opened the bottle and we tasted it, we realized it was not correct. The server seemed so overwhelmed with basically serving the whole place we just decided to keep it. It was terrible.
Moving on, we ordered a few courses, which took so long to come out we were starving... when the waiter checked on us we ordered bread, which was dropped off so quickly we didn’t even have time to ask for olive oil. So we ate dry bread and waited 30 minutes for our salad.
Thank god we didn’t order many courses, because all total, we spent 100 minutes to get a salad, fritto misto, bolognese and agnolotti, served in two courses.
This would have been fine had their been decent ambiance, but we were packed in like sardines and couldn’t even converse over the loud conversations around us. A trip to the restroom revealed Chef Marchesan eating dessert in a hallway while the staff argued with each other. The restroom itself had a shower curtain covering up supplies that probably should not be kept in a bathroom.
If the food had been amazing, all could be forgiven, but it was not. The food was sloppily prepared (there was a large chunk of plastic in the bolognese), and lacked flavor.
Long story short, avoid.
Service was eager and helpful. Caesar Salad was excellent and served very artistically. Tagliatelle Bolognese was best I've every had. Perfectly cooked pasta and rich, delicious sauce. Wine list varied and prices reasonable. Minor gripes: tiny, inappropriate wine glasses and somewhat uncomfortable chairs.
Claudio and his staff did an outstanding job. The waiter, Hugo, had only worked there a short while, but was excellent and knew the menu. The owner and chef took the time to visit our table and say hi. The food was just wonderful. You must try the Buratta. The menu is not extensive but offers the perfect selection for everyone. Highly recommend you visit this wonderful spot.
I'm so disappointed. I came here with my parents who were visiting from out of town for my birthday. First, our server's command of the English language was insufficient. When I asked if I could substitute the Gorgonzola cheese for goat cheese on the spinach salad he said he needed to go check. He came back and said yes, they had Gorgonzola cheese. When I reiterated that I did NOT want Gorgonzola cheese but goat cheese, he went back again to check and said yes, they could substitute the goat cheese. The salad arrived and it was tasty but so incredibly overdressed - just swimming in balsamic vinaigrette. Yuck. When our entrees arrived, our server brought my father Tortellini alla Vodka. However he had ordered Saltimbocca. Again, command of English was insufficient. So, by the time my mother and I had finished our entrees, my father was just beginning his. When I made the reservation on Open Table, I specifically stated that it was a birthday dinner. The restaurant did not even offer a birthday dessert. Nor did they offer any retribution for bringing the wrong entree for my father. BTW, I had the Bigoli with Wild Boar Ragu and the only flavor I could taste was salt. I will never come back here again. Save your money and go 10 blocks up the street to Forma which is fantastic.
We enjoyed the flank steak and branzino with a side of tuscan kale and loved them both! Healthy, fresh, expertly prepared; we will try the pasta next time. The atmosphere was perfect for our little date night and the servers were very attentive and clearly cared about the food and restaurant. They also assisted with a great wine recommendation. Overall, so happy we tried this new spot on Montana and can't wait to return.
What a disappointment. I loved Vincenzo, the former restaurant on this spot, and hoped that Bigoli would be in the same league. The meal so a sustained exercise in mediocrity. A passable $18 caesar; a short rib papardelle that was shockingly flavorless; and a pinot grigio so awful it had to be sent back. People are nice and the room is pleasant but $100 for a shared salad, a pasta and a fish entree was mind bogglingly. This one is straight meh meh meh.
Menu had few options for vegetarians. Service was slow and inattentive for not being busy. Overall, everyone enjoyed their meal. The apparent Owner sat in the rear on his computer or doing something other than help his staff. Would have been nice if he circulated. My dinner came after everyone finished their dinner. Not good! They should have complimented at least ONE dessert.
Atmosphere and vibe did not fit the pricing. Corkage was excessive at $25 per bottle. Especially, considering we had to wait over 35 minutes to get glasses and open the bottle. Lots of room for improvement.
Second time visiting LA (down for Clapton) found this after a friend recommeneded the previous restaurant that was here (Vincenzo's??). Anyhow wonderful!! It is small so definitely suggest a reservation, but great food, the staff is wonderful, personable, always with a smile! Both visits--no complaints other than we wish they were in WA!!
A wonderful Italian neighborhood gem - friendly service, home made pastas, home-y feel. Caludio is a SF transplant, and had several successful restaurants there (Prego, eAngelo, Pan e Vino) and his depth of experience shows. Not fancy but quality food. A bit pricey but worth it.
The Cuisine was 100% authentic Italian, not Italo-American. It seemed as if we were eating in an excellent restaurant in Italy or at the home of one of our family members living in Italy. The chef- owner is not only skilled, he uses the best ingredients. We talked with him at length and learned of his suppliers here in LA. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italy and the truly Italian Cuisine. I had the baked Artichoke and Branzino ( it was the real Branzino!) and my husband had two very Italian choices one if which was an excellent pasta. I am Gluten sensitive so I could not have pasta, but my dinner was excellent and I was most happy with my choice. The Panna Cotta was the best I have ever had.
First time visit and thought the food was excellent!! We had dined in this spot when it was Vincenzo. The servers are still with the new owner which pleased us! We ordered the pasta specials based on the server's recommendation. We were not disappointed. This is a small restaurant so reservations are essential!! We will be back!
One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at ever! better than when I was in Italy! food is incredible! Claudio is a wonderful! Great experience not to be missed. My new favorite restaurant forever and ever and ever. Small intimate Restaurant on Montana Avenue.
Pretty disappointing....read good reviews so we went but none of the dishes we ordered (vongole, artichokes, beet salad, spaghetti) were anything special and overall was pretty bland. Loud blaring tacky music added to an outdated place that looked as if it hadn't been cleaned for a year? But that couldn't be as it just opened in December.......
Average at best...
We've eaten here several times at its previous incarnation and enjoyed it then but not so much today. Did like the little (3 person) bar at the front near kitchen.
The food was good, not great, simply standard. Long wait between courses. Skipped dessert
Poor service for such small place. I really hate asking for water, qtr refills, having finished plates removed.
I hate even more the overwhelming stench of disinfectant after the bus staff wiped down the table next to us.
Tables quite close together. Artwork on walls suggest garage/hotel discount sale.
No unlike other reviews, really not impressed at all.
Average at best.
The menu selection was great, and everyone was very pleased with the delicious food!
The only disappointment was the table placement. When I make a reservation in advance for my wife's birthday, I prefer not to be squeezed into the last little table space next to the food prep station where the wait staff are shuffling past constantly. They also arranged our tables in such a way that the seating arrangement was awkward, and made it difficult to enjoy conversation with my in-laws. So just make sure you request a table away from that area, and you'll be more than happy with everything else.
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