Casa Broglia is a beautifully designed restaurant, with a very modern industrial style. They offer both indoor, and outdoor seating. The outdoor area is completely enclosed with space heaters so it can be enjoyed year round. I was obsessed with the light fixtures inside on the ceiling! I also liked how they lined the walls with their selection of red wines. Our table was quite close to a service door, which unfortunately kept being opened throughout our meal.
The server was very abrupt and didn’t like that we wanted to order a starter and then wait a while before ordering our main dishes. Regardless of his attitude towards it, we ordered the cold meats and cheese plate and the peppers in bagna cauda, then waited to order our mains. The meat and cheese plate was really good. There was a wide variety of meats, but 50% of the cheese was goat cheese, which was a bit of a let down. I do enjoy goat cheese, I just feel like it should be a smaller portion of the plate as there are so many amazing Italian cheeses to choose from.
The peppers in bagna cauda (if you didn’t read my review for Ad Hoc Pizza, is a traditional Piedmontese sauce of garlic and anchovies), were okay. The peppers were cooked well, but for me it looked completely unappetizing which I find plays a roll in how much I enjoy food. On the other hand, my partner loved it, so maybe I’m just crazy!
For my main course, I had the Troccoli on Amatriciana with pecorino cheese. Troccoli is a pasta that is like spaghetti, only thicker. The dish was a good size for me, but would be small for a lot of people. The texture of the pasta was amazing, I’m assuming it was homemade and the sauce was great! I really enjoyed this dish. Only thing that would have made it better was a bit of freshly cracked pepper, but our server never came back.
This is one of those restaurant experiences where I’m really torn on how to rate it because the food was good, but the service was not. The staff seemed to be more interested in chatting amongst themselves instead of catering to their tables. Numerous times we had to try to grab their attention and then one of them dragged themselves (unhappily) away from the group of staff. I’m more likely to not recommend this place to other tourists, mainly because it really isn’t a touristy kind of spot. The menu is quite unique and portion sizes are smaller (which is rare in Italy from my experience). Due to the lack of service I’m going to rate Casa Broglia 3/5 stars.
Until next time,
Date visited: March 5, 2019