Permanently Closed - Osteria BIGOLI
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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.
The pasta was stellar. Wow.
Food was not fresh (bread, sauce
Nice neighborhood spot but not cheap for relatively usual Italian cuisine. Very friendly service! Food was delicious.
The food is consistently delicious and the menu is a welcome departure from the standard Italian fare offered in Brentwood, where we have way too many Italian restaurants. The restaurant is small, the service is personal and the food is authentic.
We are repeat customers. We love this small restaurant. The food is beautifully prepared. We ordered the little gem Caesar salad and pappardelle pasta with short rib Raghu and it was superb!! Servers are friendly and attentive. A gem in Santa Monica, we think!!
This is a nice, down home place in a community where there are far too many hipster joints that over power your hearing. The food was good, the chef/owner is a sweet man who greets you at the door, and it's a small and gratefully quiet place where you can hear the companion across the table from you even with others next to you. I like their policy of corkage free weeknights (check with them re: which nights) but I would definitely recommend this place to friends and others.
Excellent food! Wonderful staff. It feels like being in Italy.
What a charming restaurant run by the opera singing Claudio. We enjoyed a lovely dinner, with high marks for the octopus. It was a lovely evening and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a cozy place to eat good food, with a big chunk of personality thrrown in.
Two friends and I had a wonderful dining experience here. We took advantage of the mid-week, no corkage fee, and brought our own bottle to complement the excellent food. This is a small, cozy place which produces delicious, traditional Italian fare, with homemade pastas which we all sampled to our deep satisfaction. I like the family feeling of the place; the chef made an appearance at our table and the waiter was attentive, informative and genuinely friendly. I like that the restaurant doesn't try to overreach with too many offerings; just does what it does very well. Bigoli deserves more patronage!
Great food. Not inexpensive but worth it!
First time dining at Bigoli, we made an Open Table reservation three days in advance for a table for 4 at 7:30 Fri. April 12. Showed up at 7:20 to be informed that they only received notice of our res. 1/2 hour earlier--and had no tables. This was pretty unbelievable. Waiter who greeted us was sympathetic but made no effort to ameliorate the situation.
From the looks of it, this is a small, cramped, noisy neighborhood restaurant that may (or may not) serve adequate Italian food (see recent reviews), but evidently couldn't care less about disappointing prospective diners who have taken the trouble to make reservations. Non molto appetitoso.
Bad night for Osteria.
Poor service + tough and tasteless Saltimbocca
While the food was good at Osteria Bigoli, there are so many better Italian restaurants that I would recommend over this in the west Los Angeles area. The pasta was very good, but the met dish I had (veal saltimbocca) left a little to be desired. Value is good and the ambience and wait staff were good.
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.
Permanently Closed - Osteria BIGOLI does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.
Permanently Closed - Osteria BIGOLI is rated 4.4 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.