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.
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What Insiders Are Saying
Osteria Bigoli is another Italian spot on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica. Except this one's actually worth it.
I wish that our experience matched the restaurants more enthusiastic reviewers. We were a party of four; we found the food just OK, the service likewise, and the ambiance non-existent. The owner was friendly, if a bit too loud. The house special pasta was too chewy and doughy, and the fish special did not seem fresh. There are better Italian options in the neighborhood.
Osteria BIGOLI is a small quaint restaurant. Friendly staff. Delicious Food!
The grilled artichoke and the tuscan kale were out of this world.
The silk handkerchief (pesto) was very good. I wish there were more vegetarian options.
Even many of the vegetable sides seemed to have meat or bacon in them.
The service was excellent and the atmosphere very nice; low key.
A very good restaurant in every respect.
Great restaurant for a special occasion! Tasty food and nice service.
second time at this neighborhood Italian eatery. Love that it is quiet. Food was very good and a good value. My wife had the branzino and said it was very well prepared. I had the pasta with wild boar, but I couldn't tell what the sauce was. Wild Boar tastes like any other meat sauce, nothing special. Had six people and they all said they would come back. It's cozy.
We love this restaurant--everything about it. We went there a week ago, and we had to come back already! The ambience is great, the servers and chef and so friendly--it has a real neighborhood feeling. You can tell everyone takes a lot of pride in what they do there. Very fresh ingredients. So happy to have found it. And yes, I would absolutely recommend it to a friend.
Great house made pasta with pesto sauce...definitely going back
Both of our fresh pastas were very very good and both ragus were good. The panna cotta was terrific. But the bill (with tax + tip) came to $100 for one salad, two pastas, one dessert, one glass of wine, one cappuccino ... quite a lot of money. We will go again but not often at those prices.
First time at this restaurant with two other couples. We tasted many appetizers and entrees and it was all delicious.
Super nice staff, but not particularly timely. Pasta had too much oil on it, spinach salad had way too much dressing, and the salmon tasted fishy and dry. Sorry. Wanted to really like the place, but it was just so-so.
This is the most authentic and wonderful Italian food that I have ever had. It is cozy and wonderful and the owner/chef Claude will make you feel like you are a guest in his home. We had the BEST meal last night! What a fantastic neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Great for everybody.
Excellent, authentic Italian food. Homemade pasta; best lasagne I have had outside of Italy. On selected weeknights there is no corkage fee, so bring your own Italian wine to go with this outstanding food and cozy atmosphere.
The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. All the dishes were prepared carefully and with a great bit of expertise. We will be back, soon!
First the good. The white bean soup was the best I've ever had. The pasta dishes were also very good (as reported by my friends with whom my wife and I had dinner.) The atmosphere is very nice. It is an authentic neighborhood Italian restaurant and quiet enough so you can actually hear the people a your table talk. Now the bad. The veal parmigiana was the worst I've ever had. It was a thick veal loin and it was so tough I couldn't even chew it. I ended up just eating the cheese on top which was very good. Now, if they could just put the cheese on a thin, tender veal cutlet, they would have a good dish. Also, they do not offer decaf coffee, a big disappointment.
A neighborhood gem! With only 12 tables, this is an intimate and charming restaurant. Outstanding beet and arugula salad, veal parmesan, and bread pudding. Great service.
We were happy with the ambience and the waiter, but the food left a little to be desired. Perhaps their specialty is pasta dishes, but since my wife and I aren't eating pasta now that was not an option. we had a delicious Caesar salad with Little Gem lettuce (home-made croutons, I think, and lots of anchovies in the dressing). For the entree we chose the "loin lamb chops" for $38. They came overcooked, and were a cheaper cut of lamb chop. Not what we expected for the price, but they tasted very good.
Free corkage 3 nights a week, nice! And nice Italian beer.
One of the worst restaurant experiences ever. One overworked waiter, owner/ chef talking loudly to a “ friend” most of the night- never acknowledged most tables ( including us) never inquired how dinner was ( it was awful) rigatoni carbonara a greasy mess, lasagna tasted like Shepard’s pie.. the 4 of us were deeply disappointed- will never return
Our food was very well prepared and delicious. The owner takes pride in preparing seasonal freshly ingredients. The service was perfect. This is a quiet, intimate neighborhood restaurant that offers a lovely dining experience.
Such a great, cozy little spot. Perfectly lit, cozy but spacious (not on top of other parties' tables), and the waiter was very nice and funny too. Everyone really enjoyed the food, and they surprised us with a free tiramisu!
Authentic Italian food served in an unpretentious setting by people who care.
This is a very nice neighborhood restaurant. We often go there for a quick, tasty, well priced dinner.
Amazing service and quality food. We will be back.
Excellent food, good service, quiet atmosphere. One of the best meals we have had in Los Angeles.
Would love something new on the menu. Maybe seasonal fare.
My girlfriends Branzino and vegetables was terrific. My spaghetti Bolognese not so much.
Fantastic food and service
I love eating at this cozy, old school, traditional Italian restaurant. the artichokes are perfection, as is saltimbocca... and everything else I have tasted here. fresh ingredients, gluten free options, and specials that change seasonally - braised beef cheeks melt in your mouth...
First time to Bigoli. We have fond memories of the other restaurants that this chef has been involved with and it was a pleasure to see him while we were having our dinner. The food is classic, simple and delicious. It does not quite have the vibe of a old Italian diner, and its definitely not hipster. It feels a bit old but not "cool old" if that makes sense.
With Claudio Marchesan in the kitchen you cannot go wrong.
Our go to spot when entertaining or just out to grab a delicious meal! Always a treat!
Great menu and great staff
Good food. Zero ambiance. The owner completely ignored us. When I mentioned this after the meal he got defensive and stopped listening. Would not return even though the food was pretty good.
The saltimbocca was terrific, as were the mussels. The atmosphere on a Saturday night was friendly and not too loud. On balance, a quite enjoyable experience.
Always the best! Nice to be able to just drop in our neighborhood gem! Great food made per order by Claudio, friendly atmosphere and great service by Philippe. Always a dining joy!
Dining at Osteria Bigoli was a very good experience. Food and service were very good. I will likely go back when in Santa Monica..😊
I love this pace. Always reliably good food, service, ambiance.
Second time in two weeks; will probably go again. Excellent Caesar salad; very tasty linguine vongole (more clams than I've ever had before with that dish).
This is the best restaurant on the West Side! It is like having your own private chef!
He cooks to order and stops at the table to make sure everyone is pleased with their meal choice.
Fresh pasta, barrata, good wine, and bread pudding for desert what is not to love!