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
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.
We had a pleasant evening but nothing special. Service seemed confused. Asked what kind of water we wanted, waited quite a while, then came back and asked again. We had to ask for menu, ask to see wine list, etc. Help was very friendly but seemed like they were missing a person or untrained. The menu didn't have anything that jumped out as a must try. Our meals were good but not "special". Biggest draw for us was a convenient, local dining spot.
The environment was casual and low key. Some of the food was quite good. I found the Silk Handkerchief to be heavy and tasteless. Others at our table, however, liked the veal ossum buco. For a fairly ordinary local italian restaurant, it was a bit pricey. Dinner for four, one person not having a main course at all, only one glass of wine, and only one dessert, cost $200.00. The service was problematic. I had to wait for 20 minutes to get the sauce that goes with calamari. Meanwhile, the appetizer got cold. Several requests were ignored.
Tried this restaurant solely on the basis of seeing a paid advertisement/review/appetizing photos of their Italian cuisine - also close by.
Food was excellent/service very friendly and engaging - cute décor. We liked everything - husband particularly thought Chef/Owner's seafood preparation was surprisingly delicious. We'll go back - good find!
The restaurant's special Valentine menu was too limited and very overpriced. I ordered pasta as my main course. It was almost $30 and was just pasta and cheese and was like an appetizer size. The veal was mediocre. We were very disappointed in the whole experience and would never go back or recommend
Claudio is back! He was one of the founders of PANE E VINO. He's been around for a long time and the finesse and competence of his cooking shows it. OSTERIA BIGOLI is a charming, very small neighborhood place with surprisingly good food. Have the trippa. the pastas are excellent - especially the lasagna and the agnolotti. There's a good steak and lots of other goodies.
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