CloverEats: Bigalora, Wood Fired Cucina, in Ann Arbor
I really loved the space of Bigalora, the wide open area. Everyone was completely focused on a basketball game when we came in, but once it ended, the atmosphere became more relaxed. I love, love, love the bar setup with a ladder!
I remember the first time I saw this kind of bottle at Frita Batidos a few years ago, but now I feel like they are everywhere. It’s nice to have a carafe at our table because my boyfriend always drinks both his glass and my glass of water at a rate that’s always faster than we get refills.
I really like how this pic I took of the ovens through a piece of glass turned out, with the television reflected on it.
I read good things about the brussels sprouts on Yelp, and recently had an amazing experience with brussels sprouts at Aventura. However, not only were these extremely hot, they were quite bland and flavorless. The pancetta it was served with was extremely salty.
Being Clover, I had to order the Clover Club Cocktail, made with gin, raspberry syrup, lemon, and egg white. It tasted rather watery.
My boyfriend’s Strozzapreti norcina, with very tasty bacon sausage, tomato, cream, and white truffle oil. The noodles were interesting, and the sauce was amazing, but because the noodles were so long, it was hard to get a good sauce to noodle ratio.
The mozzarella on my margherita pizza was amazing, but the dough was very plain and flat and there was a lot of crust. I don’t like crust, and in this case, felt like I skipped over half the pizza. Each slice only provided two to three bites, and I ate the whole thing without feeling like I ate anything. In other news, I got a new 50mm f/2.5 macro lens, and I love how details turn out with it. I prefer Mani’s pizzas.
This was the very intriguing Ultraviolence cocktail, served with a big piece of hibiscus raspberry ice. The drink came in two separate containers, and out waitress mixed them at the table, explaining that the flavor of the cocktail would change as the ice melted. It was a very strong drink, and unfortunately didn’t let enough raspberry flavor through, even once the ice had melted.
Lastly, our giant salted caramel parfait dessert, which was amazing. The brittle and ice cream went together perfectly, and there was just the right amount of salt.
Our final bill came to about $70 for the two of us, although we had cocktails, an appetizer, and a dessert, more than we usually get with a meal. Our waitress was very attentive and prompt. It was overall a good experience. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!