Looking to try something new this weekend? Rather than driving around aimlessly until you find someplace that catches your eye--and that everyone can agree on--why not try our Bites Nearby pick for the week?
Atmosphere: Casual, but the feeling that you are under-dressed hits you as soon as you step inside.
Drinks: Oggi’s has a modest selection of white and red wines sold by the glass or the bottle.
Appetizers: Choose from selections like fried artichoke hearts ($8.95), calamari ($8.95), banana peppers, ($8. 95) and Oggi Pizza ($9.95).
Entrees: Oggi's offers traditional Italian dishes like lasagna ($17.95), wild mushroom ravioli ($16.95), manicotti ($14.95), spaghetti and meatballs ($15.95), Fettuccine Cornelia ($15.95) and lamb osso bucco ($23.95).
Sides: The side dishes include polenta, spaghetti and Tuscan potatoes.
Desserts: There are various desserts, including tiramisu ($6.95), carrot cake ($6.95) and torte ($6.95).
Service: Sit down
Reservations: Accepted but not needed.
Address: 203 Royalton Road Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147
Hours of Operation: Noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $$$ (on a scale of 1 to 5)
In a nutshell: Describing Oggi Ristorante as a “traditional” Italian restaurant is somewhat misleading. True, it doesn’t get much more Italian than spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and manicotti, but Oggi is more of a bistro that offers its own interpretation of traditional Italian food than anything else.
Simply presented food is served in modest proportions and is less hearty and robust than you might expect. And don’t expect overly garlic-y food drowning in marinara sauce either. If anything, depending on your taste, some of their food could be considered a bit under-seasoned.
But Oggi excels where it counts, and that’s in its pasta. Fresh, light and homemade, it literally melts in your mouth. And just because the food is less hearty doesn’t mean that you will walk away unsatisfied or feeling like you haven’t gotten your money’s worth. Overall Oggi’s is worth a visit.