Oggi Gourmet

October 17th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

I just don’t get Oggi Gourmet, an oddly situated establishment in the Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, which is confusing in every sense of the word. Maybe I’m missing something, but the ordering process is a disaster, it’s just not clear where to order, where to sit, or where to pick up the food, it’s all completely disjointed. I choose to dine in, but still have to order at a counter, wait for my order to be called and brought to me, yet I have to grab my own drink. It’s also slightly odd eating when employees are literally six inches from me making poorly made coffee drinks. It also would have been nice to know that my burger does not come with fries, priced at $8 I kind of assumed, especially after I eat I notice a sign with a special burger of the day that is cheaper and does come with fries. Huh? Why wouldn’t the girl at the counter have said something? Why wouldn’t I want the cheaper burger with fries? The burger, somewhere in the third to half pound range, is char-grilled and pretty standard. Too much smoke yields a bitter aroma and hand-formed is nice and all, but usually it means over-formed and over-compressed, this burger is no exception. And how can you list ketchup as an ingredient on a burger, and then proceed to give me ketchup packets? Anyone? Bueller? The beef, while nicely salty is oddly sour, as if these hand-formed burgers were made a few days ago, not to the point of rotten, bu certainly a little suspect. It’s not dry, which is a good thing, but the choice of Mesclun greens seems poor and unfitting for this burger, especially because they can wilt so easily, and the tomato and lettuce are anything but fresh. I just can’t grasp what the appeal is, people have recommended this place to me, but I suspect it’s an under the radar burger because you wouldn’t expect it to be good, it’s a place known for its pizza, not it’s burgers. So maybe people thought it was hip to like a burger here to claim it as a hidden gem, but it’s a very mediocre burger in a pizza place that may or not have good pizza. Think about ordering a burger the next time you’re at Bertucci’s and get back to me, then you have an idea of what I’m talking about.

Overall Score: 58

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  2. Ron says:

    Yes, I have been there. And like you said it kinda looks as though everebody is disoriented. But I bought the Panni Sandwich. I will not be going back especially for the hamburger. Thanks for the heads up.