April 24, 2013

Molto Delizioso Cibo at OGGI Charlotte

Appetizer -- Boconccino 

Finding the winning restaurant that hits the right taste in your palate is like finding a needle in a haystack. Complicate that with someone who grew up in a household that cooks meals the traditional way, then it gets a lot more challenging. But when you do find it, you know it's very rewarding and you've found a keeper!

This is the experience my family and I had at OGGI Charlotte. An Italian restaurant that wowed us at first bite! For a while now, we have been searching for a great Italian restaurant that is cut above the usual, pseudo-Italian restaurants that we've come to know commonly, of which none of them had truly captured our palate's loyalty -- especially my husband who grew up in an Italian household and were fed traditional Italian dishes! See the challenge here?

But OGGI won us over! From appetizer to main Entree to dessert -- we may have found the best Italian restaurant in Charlotte by far!


Bocconccino {Appetizer pictured above} - A Risotto Croquettes that even my sometimes-picky child gave a thumbs up to! Now that is saying a lot! Croquettes are crunchy outside and creamy inside. Yum!

Pollo Scapariello {Chef's special} - My pick. I fell in love with the spaghetti! So garlic-y, just the way I like it, with clean, flavorful taste. A great match to my chicken entree!

Agnolotti Alla Panna - Hubby's pick. A vegetarian option. It's a ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese served in a creamy Alfredo sauce. Hubby apparently loved it just by how fast the food disappeared from his plate!

Pollo Rosso Verde - Ashley's pick. A chicken entree with artichokes and roasted red peppers in a port wine sauce, partnered with mashed sweet potato! If the vegetarian hubby finished off his food in record-speed, she was right there with him at the finish line!

Penne Bella Napoli - My daughter's pick. Simple ingredients of tomatoes, basil and melted mozzarella cheese fit for a child who love pasta! According to her it was delish! and she liked it.

Now of course, we can't forget the DESSERT. Our top pick. Cannoli and Tiramisu! You don't need to know how fast they were devoured. All you need to know is that they were very YUMMY!

If you're in the hunt for an Italian restaurant in Charlotte, try OGGI. They're brand-spanking-new but their style is classic! You may say the same thing after one visit. "It's a keeper for sure!" 

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Special thanks to: Eric our server who took care of us, Chef Eloy who cooked all these yummy goodness and to the entire staff of OGGI Charlotte who provided great service and friendliness, and to my family -- who waited patiently for me to finish taking photographs of their meals before they can eat them!

All worth the wait -- that when we were told enjoy your meal -- Buon Appetito! --  we certainly did!

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++ Meals were provided free of charge by OGGI Charlotte to facilitate this food review and overall experience of their service as part of their PR and Marketing initiative. All opinion is ours. Just ask my daughter!


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