Restaurant of the Week: Oggi’s

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Oggi’s, 1173 E. 19th Ave. (at Campus), Upland; open until 10 p.m. Sundays, 11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, midnight Fridays and Saturdays

Founded in 1991, Oggi’s (pronounced “OH-jeez,” and meaning “today” in Italian) opened in Upland’s Colonies Crossroads Center earlier in 2016. There are currently 15 locations. Oggi’s is a pizzeria and sports bar with its own line of microbrews.

I had dinner there with a friend recently. There are a lot of screens (it was a Monday, so it was all football), and a large, well-lighted square bar. A radio station was broadcasting and occasionally offering a quiz for customers with prizes. So it was a little loud.

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The menu is mostly pizza, pasta, wraps, salads and burgers. I got a medium pizza with anchovies (!) and mushrooms ($18), she got a calzone with pepperoni ($10), plus a side caesar ($3).

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Our meals were unobjectionable but unmemorable. My pizza was average: bready and bland, a half-step up from Domino’s but nothing that would make me want to return. She found the ricotta in her calzone (alongside the standard mozzarella) unnecessary and fussy. The salad was better. Overall, her meal “was a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5,” she said. We each took some of our food home.

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A friend later told me he’d been unimpressed on his visit: His wings were “ehh,” the sauce on his pizza unappealing.

Oggi’s had offered me a free meal if I made an appointment, which was unacceptable since I would have been identifying myself rather than eating anonymously, but I said I’d accept a gift card that could be presented at the end of the meal.

(That’s only the first or second time that possibility has come up, but it was nice to not be paying for one of these Restaurant of the Week meals entirely out of my own pocket.)

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The service we got as average joes was substandard in one important aspect: friendly enough, competent, but no one ever asked if we wanted refills on our iced tea or Coke. We could have asked but preferred to see how it played out. We were there nearly two hours and no one offered. Hmph.

I can’t judge the microbrews, but if you’re into that sort of thing, and like sports, Oggi’s might be your thing. If you want to watch a game with friends and eat, this would be a better spot than many, but based on what we had, the food isn’t good enough to go there for on its own.

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  • DebB

    Sorry the food was unmemorable. But YAY for a fellow anchovy lover!! Most people just think I’m weird…

    • davidallen909

      My dad likes ’em and I’ve grown to like ’em too. Many pizzerias don’t have them as a choice. As a certain president-elect would say: Sad!

      • Bob House

        Flashback to the 50s, when pizza was still relatively novel in Southern California. Anchovies and mushrooms was a standard, dare I say, baseline pie. Not that I would try it. Only thing worse is pizza with pineapple. (Hoping it’s not too soon to be divisive again.)

        • davidallen909

          Oooh, a baseline pie! Had no idea my (occasional) choice is a retro classic, but now I love it even more. As for divisiveness, it’s apparently never too early. Will you be marching in the streets and burning a pineapple pizza in effigy?

        • SAWZ

          My favorite pizza is pineapple and mushroom.