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Oggi Ristorante in Broadview Heights will transition to Bistro 82 in May

April 23, 2018 GMT

Oggi Ristorante in Broadview Heights will transition to Bistro 82 in May

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Oggi Ristorante, an upscale Italian restaurant at the northeast corner of Ohio 82 and Broadview Road, is about to undergo a transformation.

The restaurant, under new ownership, will soon become Bistro 82. It will remain upscale and will continue to serve Italian dishes, but the cuisine will expand. The change is scheduled for May, although a precise date hasn’t been determined.

“We just want to bring the city of Broadview Heights the good food they deserve without having to drive downtown,” said Oggi-Bistro 82 owner Joe Rutigliano.

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Rutigliano -- who’s not related to former Cleveland Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano -- said the eclectic Bistro 82 menu will include samplings from all over the world.

“We will have unusual pairings, a little bit of everything,” Rutigliano said.

For example, Bistro 82 will serve a short rib, cooked to medium-rare plus, then grilled and slathered with in-house barbeque sauce. The dish will also include baked beans, house-made made jalapeno slaw and cornbread crumbs.

The restaurant is also touting an entrée tuna salad, made with sesame-crusted tuna and accompanied by a mixed green salad with carrots, red onions, radishes, scallions and a dressed ginger Salento dressing.

A spring and summer salad will feature heirloom tomatoes, arugula, buffalo mozzarella, red onions, basil crumbs, balsamic reduction, lemon ricotta and croustade.

“The menu will be influenced by all the great dishes we have served in the past at different restaurants,” Rutigliano said.

Although Rutigliano has never owned a restaurant before Oggi-Bistro 82, he has plenty of restaurant experience. In 2006, his father, Joseph Rutigliano, an attorney, helped open Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant in Little Italy.

The younger Rutigliano, while a college student, was a cook at Michelangelo’s. From there, he went to Moxie, the Restaurant, then Red, the Steakhouse, both in Beachwood. At Red, he was lead line cook, and it was there that he met sous chef Dennis Davis, who will be his chef at Bistro 82.

Davis eventually moved to LockKeepers before returning to Red Restaurant Group and starting 811 Kitchen Bar Lounge downtown. After 811 closed, Davis returned to LockKeepers, where he was executive sous chef.

Rutigliano, looking to establish his own restaurant, bought Oggi in August from owner-chef Carmela del Busso. She had operated Oggi for about 12 years.

“Broadview Heights seems like a nice up-and-coming demographic base,” Rutigliano said. “The opportunity came up to buy Oggi and I jumped on it.”

Rutigliano, who lives in Lakewood, kept the restaurant operating as Oggi and has made a gradual transition. His wife, Sarah, is helping out, and his father is a silent partner.

“We decided to change the name, not so much to close the door on Italian food, but to open the door to other cuisine,” Rutigliano said.

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