Bagali’s

The concept of Bagali’s is very enticing to me.  I really, really wanted to like this place.  But after two visits, I just don’t think I’ll go back.

First off, Bagali’s is “New Orleans Inspired Italian” which sounds like an interesting concept to me.  And after visiting the oldest pizza restaurant on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain a couple weeks ago, it’s not as strange as you might thing.  The idea, as the manager explained to me on our first visit, is mixing traditional Italian food (like pasta and tomato sauce) with traditional New Orleans food (like blackened catfish).  So if you’re wondering where to go to get blackened catfish spaghetti, Bagali’s is the place.  In reality, though, the restaurant (or at least their patrons) seem to be most interested in their fairly ordinary pizza.

Our first visit was marred by spotty service.  It was just a bunch of little things, like the waiter taking away my one fork with my salad plate and then not bringing me another.  And the way he mis-pronounced items from the menu (“cannelloni” became “cantelloni”).  But the manager came by and Beth and I talked to him for a long time.  He seemed genuinely interested in our opinions and concerned about making his restaurant the best it could be.  I gave him tons of free advice, and then went back about a month later.

Sadly, that visit also was marred by spotty service.  Again, it was little stuff, like the waiter telling me they don’t serve Limonata when they do (he later apologized and gave me a can to take with me as we were on our way out the door, after the dishwasher told him where they’re kept).  But on that second visit, I came to realize the quality of the food just wasn’t good enough to make up for the so-so service.  And that means there’s just no real compelling reason for me to want to go back.

If you’ve had better (or worse) experiences at Bagali’s please leave a comment!

Bagali’s
570 Zang St.
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 465-9463

7 comments

  1. The food and service was just ok but, I felt It was way to expensive for what I was really getting on my plate. I like the atmoshphere, and my husband enjoyed the leather couch in the lounge!

    We noticed employess drinking in the bar after work and the manager seemed to be getting a little tipsy with them.

    We won’t go back.

  2. This place rocks! My husband and I have been to Bagali’s 4 times now after having his friends take us there. It’s fun, the staff is usually solid and the food is great. I really like it when they have live music–something unique to the Broomfield chain scene.
    We will go back!

    JB

  3. The food was okay but unoriginal. Service was HORRIBLE!! The waitress forgot to charge us for a bottle of wine. We realized in the parking lot and went back in to mention it. Wish we had just driven off. They made inappropriate jokes about it in front of us, then billed us full cost without even thanking us. The manager was standing RIGHT there and didn’t even look at us.

    I mean, come on! WE came back, at least discount the bottle or give us a coupon to return. To add insult to injury, when I called to share the experience, the owner actually hung up on me!

    If you are thinking of visiting, don’t. Drive down Hwy 36 to Carrabas.

  4. Well, in all fairness, that location is doomed, too. How many restaurants have come and gone there? And there are two similarly-sized restaurant properties nearby that have been vacant for well over a year.

    There are a couple restaurants nearby that have held out long term, like C. B. & Potts and Benihana. But it’s a tough area for restaurants right along there.

  5. None of these reviews really surprise me I used to work at the original vail location and between the brothers arguing or my co-workers being so messed up out of there mind on a plethora of substances I was shocked they lasted as long as they did and as far as there other locations I am sure it is much of the same..

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