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Santa Monica’s New Osteria Bigoli Brings Back a Familiar Italian Face

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Chef Claudio Marchesan of Pane e Vino fame returns

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Outside Osteria Bigoli, Santa Monica
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Have you stopped into Osteria Bigoli yet? The shiny Italian newcomer is looking to add some more life to Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue, having only officially opened last week. Take a look under the hood though, and you might realize there’s more going on here than just another casual Italian spot for the locals.

First, you might know the name of Osteria Bigoli’s chef/partner Claudio Marchesan. He’s one of the names behind the original Pane e Vino, which closed along Beverly Boulevard after a solid 20 year run. That space has since gone on to become Terrine, with Marchesan mostly staying out of the LA spotlight since then, taking stints at various Bay Area establishments.

Now with Bigoli he’s back in the Southland, operating from a tight space on Montana and putting together a menu that includes all the usual flavors, from pastas like penne alla vodka to veal and pork meatball starters. You’ll also be able to get a veal loin chop, chicken parm, and other classic Italian favorites. The full opening menu is below.

Osteria Bigoli is quietly up and running now in the former Vincenzo space, with hours from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Osteria Bigoli
714 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA