Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina located in trendy Royal Oak. I had walked past a few times before I decided that I need to check out the food at this popular restaurant. I totally parked in the wrong spot, so I had to walk a few blocks. It gave me time to appreciate the happening, busy vibe around the area. So that you know, there is fabulous parking right across from the restaurant.
My friend was a few minutes late due to the crazy traffic, so it gave me time to check out the menu and the decor. The decor was ultra cool. It was urban which is wood mixed with metals. I fell in love instantly when Fiona Apple was crooning her smokey tunes. In fact, the music the whole evening was fantastic. Music always sets the mood, good job Bigalora!
I asked my waiter to recommend a signature cocktail. The waiter suggested that I try The Luchador. The Luchador is a blend of tequila, Cocchi Americano Rose, Elderflower Liqueur, Honey-Ginger Syrup and lemon. I love anything citrus. This cocktail sounded unique, so I wanted to give it a try. It was intense but delightful. It was unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. The flavors were unique. You would have to try it yourself. I would order it again.
My friend ordered Tuscan Fries which is a small plate or appetizer. The fries seasoned with garlic, rosemary, Grana Padano, and sea salt. They were delicious and seasoned perfectly. The best fries that I’ve had in a long time.
For the main course, I went with pizza. Bigalora offers a variety of salads, red pizzas, and white pizza. I selected the Salame Finocchiona which is pizza with mozzarella, olives, artichokes and cured pork. I loved how the flavor blended so well together especially the olives and artichokes.
For those who eat gluten-free Bigalora has a wide variety of foods to choose from including dessert!
Now we have arrived at my favorite course, dessert! My friend and I both selected parfaits. She chose the Salted Caramel, and I the Strawberry Shortcake. We had to be able to taste test more than one delectable dessert. I thought the Salted Caramel was okay. I’m not a huge fan of caramel. The Strawberry Shortcake was good; the ladyfinger made that dessert from average to above average. I wouldn’t order either of these two again but would try something different.
Would I recommend Bigalora? Yes, I fell in love. The music, the atmosphere, location, and food were all terrific. You will just have to find out for yourself. Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina located 711 S Main St., Royal Oak, Michigan.
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