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Biaggi's, Fort Wayne, Indiana

TAR | Jan 15, 200306:23 AM

Biaggi's opened in Fort Wayne, Indiana, about a year ago, and I finally got around to trying it last Thursday night.

Despite it's general lack of really interesting restaurants (though a few notable exceptions have cropped up recently), Fort Wayne is a *big* eating-out town. By that I mean, the citizens of FW love to go out to eat. Not sure how local groceries stay in business, lol. So, when I arrived Thursday night, the parking lot was jammed (partly because there is an Eddie Merlot's right next door). As I entered, Biaggi's was doing a brisk business, and there were a couple parties there waiting to be seated ahead of me.

Happily, I was seated within 5 to 7 minutes of arrival (I had no reservation). I was a single diner, at prime evening dinner time, but was still awarded with a 4-person booth.

The restaurant was somewhat loud, as noted by the Chowhound who reviewed the Biaggi's in Davenport, Iowa, but it was not disturbing.

It was a *very* handsomely appointed restaraunt. Dark woods and dark earth tones abounded...but not *too* dark. White tablecloths helped lighten it up, in addition to candles on the tables and softly glowing overhead lightning.

My waitress was friendly, attentive, and maintained eye contact. She described the specials, and mixed up the olive oil/cheese/spices mixture for me to dip my bread in.

My entree was the Chicken Pietro. The menu describes it thus: "Grilled chicken breast marinated in balsamic vinegar, garlic, mustard, rosemary, and a touch of honey. Served with portabello mushrooms and seasonal vegetables." Lunch and dinner portions are available, and I got the dinner portion, which was impressively bountiful. Three breasts, huge grilled portabello slices, and a heap of veggies. The Chicken Pietro is not for the faint of's a powerful taste that knocks you around a bit until you get used to it. It was a bit too mustardy for my personal taste, but I still managed to clean my plate!

I also had a glass of red, but darn if I can remember what it was. It was their house label, I believe, and quite good.

Dress was kinda "business casual"...khakis and a button-down shirt are sufficient for men.

I have only one complaint. Though I was seated quickly and my order was taken quickly, after I placed my order time suddenly ground to a halt. It seemd to take forever for my entree to arrive. But then, my waitress checked back right away, brought me the check promptly after I asked for it, came back for payment, and returned with the receipt very quickly. Odd, though, that the kitchen was so slow with my entree.

I recommend Biaggi' least the one in Fort Wayne, anyway. There are others scattered around the Midwest. They have a take-out menu too.

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